Chad Austin Tracy...Graduated from West Mecklenburg HS (NC) in 1998...Played three years at East Carolina University...Named as a First-Team All-Colonial Association as a junior...Originally selected in seventh round by Arizona in 2001 amateur draft...Named Texas League Player of the Year in 2002 leading league in average (.344), hits (177) and doubles (39)...Has appeared in Majors with Arizona (2004-09), Chicago Cubs (2010), Florida (2010) and Washington (2012-13)...Played with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League in 2011...Best MLB campaign came in 2005 with Arizona (.308, 34 2B, 27 HR, 72 RBI)...Followed up that season with a .281 clip, 41 2B, 20 HR & 80 RBI in 2006.
Was on short list of best bench bats in MLB...hit .261 (12-for-46) with one homer, 11 RBI and 5 walks as a pinch hitter...ranked among MLB pinch hit leaders in RBI (tied 2nd, 11) and hits (tied 6th, 12)...doubled off bench on Opening Day and pinch-runner eventually scored the winning run in the 9th inning of 2-1 victory at CHI...one game later, stroked pinch-hit 2-run single with 2 out in the 8th to erase a 4-3 deficit in a game won by Washington, 7-4...broke the scoring ice with game-winning 2-RBI single in 7th inning of eventual 3-1 win victory on April 24 at SDP...ended tense 13-inning 5-4 win on Aug. 20 vs. ATL with game-winning RBI single to second base.
Hit .235 in lone season with the Hiroshima Toyo Carp of the Japanese Central League...played exclusively at third base for 60-76 Hiroshima...followingseason, played for Team USA in the 2011 World Cup...helped Team USA earn a bronze medal (was teammates with Brett Carroll, who also signedwith the Nationals this off season).
Signed with the Cubs, but also spent portions of 2010 in NYY and FLA organizations...played at the big league level for the Cubs and Marlins, hitting acombined .247 with a homer and 15 RBI in 69 games...began season with CHI then signed minor-league free-agent deals with the Yankees (July 9) andFish (August 5)...batted a combined .365 with 13 doubles, 11 home runs and 36 RBI in 44 contests with Triple-A Iowa and Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre.
Chad batted .237 (61-for-257) with eight homers and 39 RBI in 98 games ... despite limited playing time due to a right obliquestrain, it was his most major league action since playing in 154 contests in 2006...Played 66 games at first base (56 starts), and had eight appearances atthird base (five starts)...Hit .276 (8-for-29) with four walks, one double, three home runs andnine RBI in 22 pinch-hit appearances...Boasted a .349 average (30-for-86) with three homers and 13 RBI duringthe day ... hit .393 (1-for-28) when he put the first pitch in play...Tied his career high with four RBI May 29 vs. Braces and September 26vs. Padres...Was on the disabled list, May 30-June 30, with a right oblique strain.w During a 10-game rehab assignment with Triple-A Reno, batted.286 (10-for-35) with one double, one triple and four RBI ... hereached base via a hit or walk in all 10 contests while hitting safelyin nine of the 10 games...Had a game-tying, pinch-homer in the eighth inning of an eventual 6-5win on July 6 vs. Padres...Hit a pinch-hit, three-run homer on July 23 vs. Pirates...Collected four-straight pinch hits, July 6-27, with a double, two homeruns and five RBI...In 11 home games from May 29-July 27, batted .464 (13-for-28) withthree home runs, 13 RBI, a .469 on-base percentage and a .786 sluggingpercentage...His pinch-hit single with one out in the fifth inning on August 19 atPhiladelphia ended Cliff Lee's no-hit bid...Hit safely in 10 of 12 road games, August 2-23, boasting a .333 average(14-for-42) during the stretch...Clubbed a go-ahead, pinch-hit grand slam in the seventh inning en routeto an 8-5 win on September 26 vs. Padres ... it was his third career grandslam, his third pinch-homer of the season and fifth of his career...Hit .462 (6-for-13) with two walks, five runs, two doubles, two homers,five RBI and a 1.610 OPS in his last six games of the season, September26-October 4.
Missed the first 50 games of the season rehabilitating from microfracture surgery performedon his right knee on Sept. 20, 2007...Saw action in the team's first 11 games after being reinstated from the disabled list onMay 26, including 6 starts at first base and 2 starts at third base, and collected 7 hits in 32at-bats (.219) with 2 solo homers...His solo home run in the 10th inning on June 13 vs. Kansas City broke a scoreless tie andwas the first walk-off homer of his career...Returned to form starting with a 2-for-3 effort, including a home run and a career-besttying4 RBI, as the designated hitter on June 24 at Boston and started a run which hebatted .387 (24-for-62) with 7 extra-base hits and 17 RBI during an 18-game stretch tosee his season batting average peak at .310 on July 18...stretch also included a season-high7-game hitting streak (.450, 9-for-20) from June 30-July 6...His pinch-hit, 3-run double sparked the D-backs' 6-run, ninth-inning comeback victoryon July 3 vs. Milwaukee...Ended the season by hitting safely in 7 of his last 8 games from Sept. 16-26 (.421, 8-for-19)...Batted .400 (6-for-15) with 4 doubles and 6 RBI when used as a pinch hitter...Committed only 4 errors in 558 total chances for a .993 fielding percentage in 65 games(62 starts) at first base, tying him with teammate Conor Jackson for seventh place amongNL first basemen who played in more than 65 games.
Broke camp as the Opening Day third baseman for the second consecutive season...opened the 2005 season as the starting first baseman...Strung together a season-high 8-game hit streak from April 6-15, batting .323 (10-for-31) with 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 8 RBI...Had a season-high 3 hits on May 11, going 3-for-4 with 3 doubles...it was his third career 3-double game (June 28, 2005 vs. San Francisco & April 22, 2006 at the Dodgers), tying the franchise record...Reinstated from the disabled list on June 11, appearing that night at Yankee Stadium, going 1-for-3 with walk and solo home run, his first home run since April 10 against Cincinnati...Hit a pinch-hit, 3-run home run on Aug. 1 at San Diego, his second career pinch-hit homer...Reinstated from the disabled list on Sept. 16, appearing as a pinch-hitter that night, collecting an RBI single...Had season ending knee surgery on Sept. 20...Held a .979 fielding percentage over 48 games at third base and 18 games at first base.
2007 postseason highlights: Hit .333 in all 3 NLDS games vs. Chicago (4-for-12) with a run scored, 2 doubles, a home run and 3 RBI...Saw action in 3 NLCS games against Colorado, batting .143 (1-for-7) with 2 runs scored.
Although Tracy hit .281 with 20 home runs and set career highs in RBIs (81) and doubles (41), he struggled a bit in 2006. He struck out 129 times, compared to only 78 strikeouts in 2005. With 25 errors, Tracy tied Edwin Encarnacion for the most in the Majors at third base. Tracy led the team with 597 at-bats.
Had a breakout season. ... Began the year as club's starting first baseman before moving to right field in late-July. ... Finished the year on a career-best 14-game hitting streak. ... Hit 27 homers, far outdistancing his rookie total of eight from 2004. ... Had first career multi-homer game on July 17.
Chad made the most of his rookie season after being pressed into starting duty, earning the Diamondbacks Rookie-ofthe-Year award as voted by the local chapter of the BBWAA...he opened eyes by batting .306 in a team-leading 28 exhibitiongames, then opened his second straight season at Tucson, batting at a .520 clip through the first 6 games, highlighted bya pair of walk-off homers...he ended the season opener with a 12th inning shot against Tacoma, then wrapped up an April13 contest against Portland with a game-ending grand slam...Chad received his first call to the majors on April 21, replacinga disabled Roberto Alomar, making his big league debut that night in Milwaukee, fanning as a pinch hitter...he startedat third base the following day and went 4-for-8 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in an 11-9 Arizona win in 15 innings,with his first Major League hit a second inning single off the Brewers'Wes Obermueller...Tracy batted .474 (9-for-19) duringa 5-game hitting streak from April 25-30, which included his first home run, a 2-run blast off of the Cubs' Sergio Mitrein the fourth inning on April 27...he reached base safely via a hit or walk in 21 of his first 24 games, compiling a .348 average(32-for-92) with 9 multi-hit games...his average tailed off to a season-low .257 by mid-June, but he revived his year byhitting at a .400 clip from June 18-July 5 (18-for-45)...on July 5 in Los Angeles, his game-tying RBI single in the ninthinning halted Dodger reliever Eric Gagne's Major League record streak of 84 consecutive saves...Chad composed a .417average (15-for-36) during a career-best 10-game hitting streak from July 27-August 7, matching fellow rookie ScottHairston for the third-longest streak by a D'Backs rookie all-time and the second longest streak by a National League rookiefor the season...the big league season wore on him down the stretch as he batted just .217 in the final 21 games...Chadhalted a 54-game homerless streak on September 11 with a pinch-hit blast off of San Francisco southpaw Noah Lowry...helaunched a leadoff homer in a 3-1 win over Milwaukee on September 27, the first leadoff home run of his career and 14thin franchise history, sixth in '04...among all Major League rookies, he ranked second with 137 hits, third with 45 walks,fourth with 196 total bases, tied for fourth with 34 multi-hit games, fifth with 29 doubles, sixth with 53 RBI, tied for seventhwith 3 triples, eighth with a .343 on-base percentage and 40 extra-base hits, ninth with a .285 batting average and tiedfor ninth with 45 runs...defensively, he was charged with 26 errors as the everyday third baseman.
Chad continued his rapid climb through the farm system, enjoying an All-Star season in his first taste of AAAaction...heentered the year ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the organization and did not disappoint, hitting over.320 for a third straight season while securing honors as the Diamondbacks'Minor League Player-of-the-Year...his .324 battingaverage was second in the chain and fourth in the Pacific Coast League, while leading all minor league third basemen...he paced the PCL in hits (169) and ranked second in runs scored (91)...his hit total was seventh among all minor leaguers...Chad established a career-high with 10 home runs...he had an impressive start to the season, collecting a league-best40 hits in April, hitting .367 for the month including 8 multi-hit contests...Tracy became the first minor leaguer since July2000 to score 6 runs in a game when Tucson triumphed over Edmonton, 25-11, on April 5...he went 4-for-5 at the plate asthe Sidewinders scored the most runs in a PCL game in nearly 9 years...he went hitless over 3 games from April 22-26,matching the longest drought at the plate over his 3-year career...for the second straight season, Chad was selected to participatein the Futures Game during the All-Star break...he was 0-for-2 as the starting third baseman on the U.S. squad inthe contest played at Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field...he then participated in the AAA All-Star game and went 0-for-2 atMemphis' AutoZone Park...he had a trio of double-digit hitting streaks, including a season-best 13-game streak from June9-21 during which he batted .449 (22-for-49)...he also had a pair of 10-game streaks (May 11-23 and August 7-16)...he wasmost comfortable playing at Tucson Electric Park, hitting .369 in 70 games while batting .271 in 63 games on the road...hebatted at a .343 clip against righthanders with 9 home runs while posting a .266 mark with a home run vs. southpaws...hedelivered in the clutch, batting .365 with runners on base including a 5-for-8 performance (.625, 10 RBI) with the basesloaded...his best overall month was August when he hit .368 with 20 RBI...at the end of the year Tracy was selected byleague managers and media as the third baseman on the All-PCL Team...following the season Chad played winter ball forAzucareros in the Dominican Winter League, batting .258 in 26 games with 14 RBI and a team-leading 5 home runs.
Led the Texas League in batting (.344), hits (177) and doubles (39) while playing for Double-A El Paso...Chosen by Baseball America as the best batting prospect in the TexasLeague, and was selected the league's Player of the Year by Topps andthe managers and media ... was named the third baseman on Topps'Double-A All-Star team and was selected by SportsTicker as one of thetop prospects in the Texas League...Played in the 2002 Futures Game in Milwaukee on July 7...was chosenas both a mid-season and post-season All-Star...played in the T.L. All-Star Game and the Double-A All-Star Game in Norwich, Conn...Was the organization's minor league Player of the Month for April andshared honors for May...twice received T.L. Player of the Week honors(April 4-14 and April 22-28)...Was the league's toughest batter to strikeout, fanning once every 11.06plate appearances... among league leaders he also ranked second intotal bases (250) and fifth in slugging (.486), while tying for fifth in extrabasehits (52)...Played for the Scottsdale Scorpions of the Arizona Fall League followingthe season...appeared in five games before tendinitis in his rightshoulder brought his year to an end.
Combined to bat .331 (83-for-251) with 12 doubles, four home runs and 41 RBI in 64 games between Single-A Yakima andSingle-A South Bend.