Chad Tracy: The Rockies' New Son

The Rockies traded Greg Reynolds, their number one pick in 2006, to the Texas Rangers for Chad Tracy. Last name sound familiar? That's because he's the son of Colorado Rockies' manager Jim Tracy. Chad Tracy, 26, is a power hitting first basemen/outfielder who has yet to taste the big leagues. He set the all-time record in RBI (109) for the Triple-A Round Rock Express last season, while also hitting 26 home runs. Greg Reynolds, if you remember correctly, was drafted ahead of such players as Evan Longoria and Tim Lincecum in 2006. His pitching has been sub-par, and Coors Field has nothing to do with his failures.

I feel like this is an excellent deal for the Rockies. They might as well try to get something from/for Reynolds, and they did that with Chad Tracy. I like Tracy's power numbers in his minor league career, but his average has never really been MLB ready. If anything, he'll have two of the best all-time hitting first basemen (Helton, Giambi) to learn from in Spring Training. He adds depth to the first base position as well, because we all know that both Helton and Giambi aren't getting any younger. They're a combined 79 years old.

The only problem that I have with this deal is that it's JIM TRACY'S SON! I'm sorry, but I've never felt like Jim Tracy is a strong manager. Tracy sits on the bench and claps occasionally, and then when the game is over he blames the players for their lack of enthusiasm. Trading for Chad Tracy only strengthens the fact that the Rockies are sticking with Jim Tracy even longer than expected. I hope that this deal didn't go down because Jim was whispering into Dan O'Dowd's ear. I swear, Jim has some sort of criminalizing pictures of O'Dowd. There's no way Jim Tracy should still be the manager of the Rockies. I'd much rather see Jason Giambi be the player/manager.

I'm not going to lie, I feel like this was a great deal for the Rockies. Reynolds wasn't living up to a #1 pick, and Chad Tracy has the potential to bring some eye-widening power to Coors Field. My only problem is Jim Tracy. I'm sure that he's nice enough, but I don't see him taking the Rockies to the World Series. Talented players are what got the Rockies to the playoffs in 2009, but poor managing is what lost it for them in the playoffs.

Is there a way that we can trade Jim Tracy for Dante Bichette Jr.? Now, that's one Rockies' son I wouldn't mind wearing a Rockies uniform. I'm sure the Yankees could use ANOTHER bench coach.

Chad Tracy's Minor League Stats:

Year Age Tm Lg Lev Aff G PA AB R H 2B HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2006 20 Spokane NORW A- TEX 66 283 252 41 66 14 11 35 23 46 .262 .339 .456 .796 115
2007 21 Clinton MIDW A TEX 134 569 509 64 127 35 14 84 50 93 .250 .320 .409 .729 208
2008 22 2 Teams 2 Lgs A+-AA TEX 130 578 513 82 152 40 17 82 47 116 .296 .365 .478 .843 245
2008 22 Bakersfield CALL A+ TEX 106 477 420 67 120 37 13 67 40 98 .286 .361 .471 .832 198
2008 22 Frisco TL AA TEX 24 101 93 15 32 3 4 15 7 18 .344 .386 .505 .892 47
2009 23 Frisco TL AA TEX 136 594 535 70 149 32 26 107 46 103 .279 .333 .488 .821 261
2010 24 2 Teams 2 Lgs AAA-Rk TEX 79 327 284 51 74 14 17 55 35 53 .261 .346 .496 .842 141
2010 24 Rangers ARIZ Rk TEX 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
2010 24 Oklahoma City PCL AAA TEX 78 324 281 51 74 14 17 55 35 52 .263 .349 .502 .851 141
2011 25 Round Rock PCL AAA TEX 134 602 526 80 136 32 26 109 55 104 .259 .339 .475 .814 250
6 Seasons 679 2953 2619 388 704 167 111 472 256 515 .269 .340 .466 .806 1220
AA (2 seasons) AA 160 695 628 85 181 35 30 122 53 121 .288 .341 .490 .831 308
AAA (2 seasons) AAA 212 926 807 131 210 46 43 164 90 156 .260 .342 .485 .827 391
A (1 season) A 134 569 509 64 127 35 14 84 50 93 .250 .320 .409 .729 208
Rk (1 season) Rk 1 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 .000 .000 .000 .000 0
A- (1 season) A- 66 283 252 41 66 14 11 35 23 46 .262 .339 .456 .796 115
A+ (1 season) A+ 106 477 420 67 120 37 13 67 40 98 .286 .361 .471 .832 198
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 1/6/2012.

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