The Duquesne baseball program is coming off of a 14-41 season, but the program made some news on draft day.
Junior catcher Mark Tracy was drafted by the Rockies in the 49th round on Thursday. Tracy is coming off a .250/.325/.515 year with 14 home runs. Mark is the son of former Dodgers and Pirates manager Jim Tracy, who recently took over the managerial reigns in Colorado after Clint Hurdle was dismissed. Duquesne head coach Mike Wilson says family ties weren’t the only reason Mark was drafted by Colorado.
"A Rockies scout had been following him all spring." Wilson said. "He called me a number of times this spring to check up on Mark."
Tracy originally began his collegiate baseball career at Pepperdine, where his brother Chad previously played. After his freshman year he transferred to Duquesne. Chad was drafted in the third round of the 2006 draft by the Rangers and is currently at Double-A Frisco. Mark played football in high school in addition to baseball, and coach Wilson complimented Mark’s work ethic.
"After his first season with us his father told me, ‘Wow you’ve sculpted his body,’" Wilson said. "Mark works hard to make his body stronger."
Wilson believes Mark is seeing more success now that he’s decided to focus on just baseball. Mark hit 14 home runs in 2009 compared to just three in 2008.
"He understands the value of getting his body into baseball shape. He’s really come on this year," Wilson said.
With one season of eligibility remaining Tracy could decide to come back to Duquesne or sign a professional contract.
"I think Mark would like to sign and go. But I’m not sure if his mom would agree with that," Wilson said. "I’m sure his father will support whichever decision he reaches."