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Chad Tracy named Atlantic League Player of the Week for September 8-14

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For the third time this season, York Revolution first baseman Chad Tracy has been named Atlantic League Player of the Week.  Tracy achieved the same honor for the periods of June 16-22 and August 4-10.  It’s the fourth time a Rev has been named Player of the Week this season; LHP Alain Quijano was recognized for his two starts between June 30 and July 6 when he pitched the Revolution to a first half division title.  IF/OF Eric Patterson was also named Atlantic League Player of the Month for July earlier this season.

Tracy, the current Atlantic League RBI leader at 94 with six games remaining in the regular season, is also second in the league in home runs with 21.  In six games last week, he batted .444 (8-18) with three home runs and eight RBI.  He scored five runs, and drew seven walks as pitchers grow more weary of giving the slugger something to hit.

In his ninth professional season, Tracy has accumulated 163 home runs, an average of 18 per season.  In raising his average to .271, he certainly hasn’t been an all-or-nothing power hitter this season.  Tracy also has 16 doubles this year and has chipped in two triples for good measure, for a total of 39 extra base hits.  (.346 OBP, .446 SLG, .792 OPS.)  He’s struck out just 78 times in his first 127 games this season.  For the most part, Tracy is a sabermetric-friendly power-hitter.  Perhaps his plate discipline can be traced to his father, former Major League Manager Jim Tracy.  (Dodgers, Pirates, Rockies.)

-Paul Braverman

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