June 6, 2006
Malibu, Calif. - Junior All-American Chad Tracy, who was a semi-finalist for the Johnny Bench Award and helped lead Pepperdine to the championship game of the Malibu Regional, was selected in the third round (88th overall) by the Texas Rangers on Tuesday during the first day of Major League Baseball's First-Year Player Draft.
Tracy becomes the highest Pepperdine player drafted since 2001 when All-American pitchers Noah Lowry and Dan Haren were selected in the first and second rounds by the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals, respectively. He also is the second Waves' player drafted by the Rangers in the last two years, joining right handed pitcher Kea Kometani, who was selected in the 15th round of the 2005 draft.
Tracy has enjoyed an outstanding three-year career at Pepperdine, compiling a career average of .334 with 30 home runs, 57 doubles and 154 RBI. His 30 home runs tie for fourth on the Waves' all-time home runs list while his 57 doubles tie for second all-time.
The junior catcher batted .315 with six home runs and totaled a team-leading 46 RBI in 2006 after entering the season as a preseason All-American and named the Brooks Wallace Award Watch List. He is currently a finalist for the Wallace Award.
Tracy put together an outstanding junior campaign in which he was named a second-team All-American and tabbed the West Coast Conference's (WCC) Player of the Year. He led the WCC in batting average (.367), home runs (12), RBI (61), doubles (22), hits (94), slugging percentage (.609) and total bases (156) while establishing career-highs in every offensive category.
Tracy enjoyed a stellar 2005 post-season, batting .385 with RBI and a home run against Loyola Marymount on the WCC Championship Series. He followed that performance with a solid regional at Long Beach where he was named to the all-regional team after batting .438 with three runs scored and an RBI.