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PROSPECT DIARY: Meet Chad Tracy

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FOXSports.com presents the first installment of "Prospect Diary," a regular series focusing on one of baseball's most highly touted prospects as he fights for a starting job in the big leagues. Meet 22-year-old who, at least for the Arizona , is the "next big thing." The D-Backs' future third baseman is currently tearing up the Pacific Coast League for the Triple-A Tucson Sidewinders, third-best in the league with a .364 average. In 40 games, he has 60 hits and 39 runs. In addition to those eye-popping stats, Chad might be the only minor-league player who already has a fan web site devoted to him. We pick it up with Chad as he arrives back in Arizona following a road trip to Canada.

Hello everybody! This is a very tired writing on a travel day, but at least we have an off day. Actually we have had three off days in a row due to the snow in Edmonton. I'm just chilling at my place right now, watching the D-Backs before I go grab some dinner. We had a pretty good road trip, going 3-2. When we got off the plane I got a bite to eat and went straight to the field to get a little B.P. in just to stay sharp. Wow! just hit a grand slam! That's got to be the best feeling in baseball. I've never hit a grand slam in pro ball. We had two guys get called up on this road trip, and . So far this year we have had , , , and , and Scott and Chris get the call. I'm so happy for these guys. I know they have worked very hard to get there, especially Capuano, after having Tommmy John last year. I'm glad we're out of Canada. That was miserable playing in the one game we did play. It would be awful playing in Edmonton at the beginning of the year, but the city itself is awesome. It was kind of weird paying for things in Canadian money. I'm writing from my roomate Matt Kata's computer. Matt is swinging a hot stick right now. It is good to have him back in the lineup after starting the season on the DL with an intercostal muscle pull.

Chad Tracy's 2003 Stats
G AB AVG R H HR RBI
40 165 .364 39 60 3 21
The team is playing better of late even though we are still a few games under .500. It's pretty tough when all of our studs have been called up to the big leagues. Our team in Tucson is a mixture of young guys and veterans which is nice. I'm trying to learn as much as I can from the older guys like Chris Donnels, Mike Bell, and Mark Little. These guys have been great for me. These guys have taught me how to play the game as well as how you should carry yourself off of the field. As you might know, my college coach, Keith LeClair, has Lou Gerhig's Disease. I talked to him earlier today which is always nice. He has been one of the most influencial people in my baseball career. He taught me the work ethic that it takes to make it to the big leagues, and is the toughest person I have ever met. He has been battling this disease everyday for about two-and-a-half years now and I have faith that he will beat this thing. Well, guys, I'm going to Outback to get a good meal in. I'll be writing back soon. Talk to you soon,
Tagged: Diamondbacks, Chad Tracy, Robby Hammock, Brandon Webb

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