DENVER -- Not many 21-year-olds just signed out of college as a 22nd-round Draft pick get to step into a Major League manager's office and sit down and eat breakfast. But that was the case Sunday morning.
Of course, the youngster happened to be Mark Tracy, son of Rockies manager Jim Tracy. And in not too long, Mark Tracy will have to earn his way to the place he wants to be -- among the players.
Tracy hit .290 with 12 home runs and 49 RBIs for Duquesne University this past season. The Rockies selected him in the 49th round last year, after his junior year. Tracy played summer ball in Alaska last year, swinging a wood bat, and gained notice. The jump in status suggests that the club sees a prospect, not just a son of a skipper.
"This is definitely a place where I'd like to end up, but even getting a chance to play in the Minor Leagues for the same organization as my dad is a pretty awesome feeling," said Tracy, who will play short-season Class A ball at Tri-City in Pasco, Wash.
Tracy is listed at 6-foot-5 and 220 pounds. He says he's slightly taller than his older brother, Chad Tracy, who is in Triple-A with the Rangers.
Mark Tracy played first base and catcher at Duquesne. The Rockies drafted him to play behind the plate.
"I caught a lot of my junior year [of college] and I caught all through high school," he said. "I'm not going to hop back there tomorrow and feel great, but I'm athletic enough to hop back there tomorrow, catch the ball and be able to make a throw. It's just a matter of time before you really feel comfortable with it."