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Rockies draft son of manager Tracy

A few years ago, Mark Tracy was headed to Colorado State to play football. But at the last minute, he decided to follow his father and two older brothers into baseball. He did well enough at that at Duquesne University that the Rockies selected him in the 49th round of the MLB First-Year Player Draft.

As far as his father, Rockies manager Jim Tracy, is concerned, the selection is because he has developed into a power hitter in a short time. Tracy hit .250 with 14 home runs and 46 RBIs this past season as a junior.

“Over the last couple of years, he made some strides,” Jim Tracy said from Milwaukee, where his Rockies won their eighth straight game, 5-4, over the Brewers.  “When you’re 6-foot-6, 6-foot-6 ad 220 pounds, four [homers] won’t get it done, as I told him.

“He’s starting to figure it out a little bit. He’s an interesting project. I don’t know where it’s going to go. I don’t know if he’s going to go back and play his senior year at Duquesne. He’s over in Alaska right now and over the next couple of days or so, we’ll sort some things out.”

The Rockies selected two other players with organizational bloodlines.

Catcher Heath Holliday, son of Rockies special assistant to the general manager Dave Holliday, and cousin of Athletics slugger Matt Holliday, was selected out f Bixby (Okla.) High School in the 46th round, and catcher-infielder Sterling Monfort, son of Rockies vice chairman Dick Monfort, in the 47th round out of Eaton (Colo.) High School.

Moments worth framing

The Rockies honored first baseman Todd Helton on Monday for achieving his 2,000th career hit on the road at Atlanta. The club played a tribute of his various milestone hits, including his home run against the Dodgers in 2007 that seemed to make the Rockies believe that their late-season playoff run was possible.

With owners Charlie and Dick Monfort, club president Keli McGregor, general manager Dan O’Dowd and manager Clint Hurdle at his side, Helton received a framed presentation. It consisted of photos of his swing at various points of his career, and the Denver Post article the day after he reached the milestone.

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