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Chad Tracy was the seventh round draft pick for the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2001. He was selected after a successful college career at East Carolina University where he hit .339. Tracy quickly found success in the minor leagues. He began as a member of the Yakima Bears and played 10 games there before being promoted to the South Bend Silver Hawks. His bat served him well as he hit .340 over 54 games. In 2002 Tracy played for the El Paso Diablos who were the Diamondbacks Double-A affiliate. He hit .344 there and was named to the Futures Game in Chicago. In 2003 Chad was promoted to Triple-A Tucson. As a Sidewinder he hit .400 and was named the eighth best prospect in the Diamondbacks organization. This meteoric rise ended in 2004 when the Arizona Diamondbacks brought Tracy up on April 21. Since that time he has become a bright young star and a tribute to the Diamondbacks farm system. But not everything has been brilliant in his short career.


Chad Tracy has always been known as a hitter and it was anticipated that he would man the hot corner for the Diamondbacks for a long time. What was unknown was what the price would be to have that bat in the line up. In 2004 when Tracy made his debut, he was one of the few bright spots in a season where the Diamondbacks lost 111 games. During that campaign Tracy committed 25 errors at third base. Tracy also played first base in 11 games during 2004 and committed an error there bringing his major league total to 26. When the Diamondbacks signed Troy Glaus during the off season before the 2005 season Tracy was moved from third to first. This had a dramatic effect on his error total as he committed only 3 errors in 80 games. When Tony Clark began to tear up National League pitching Tracy was moved to right field where he played 47 games and committed 2 errors. The total of 5 errors for the 2005 season was substantially lower than his rookie season. So when Arizona traded Glaus to Toronto for Orlando Hudson and Miguel Batista there were several in the organization that questioned whether Tracy had gotten over the fielding problems he had experienced at third. He worked very hard in the off season and former Diamondback third baseman and gold glove winner Matt Williams worked with him on his footwork to get him set before throwing. This paid dividends and Chad Tracy had only 4 errors through the first 10 weeks of the season. But then he began to revert back to his old habits and since then has committed 15 errors since then. His total for the season is now 19 errors and he has committed three in the last two games. Tracy now is second only to Alex Rodriguez of the New York Yankees in most errors by a third baseman. If Tracy is to become the cornerstone of this organization like everyone predicts, this trend needs to be reversed. From observing him in the field, it appears he is not getting his feet under him and getting set before making the throw. He is also making poor decisions of when to throw and when to eat the ball. This has resulted in several throwing errors. There are more throwing errors than the box score displays. There have been several occasions where Tracy has thrown up the line but the first baseman has made the catch before being plowed by an oncoming runner. In one instance a collision resulted in Conor Jackson being unable to play. That kind of thing is not going to endear him to his teammates. Perhaps some video sessions with Matt Williams and a little more infield practice will get Chad back into the groove he had during the early part of the year.


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