Dana Hills senior Peter Tago is surrounded by family after being selected 47th overall in the MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies on Monday.

Dana Hills' Tago selected by the Colorado Rockies

The hard-throwing senior is selected 47th overall on the first day of the MLB Draft.


ALISO VIEJO — Surrounded by a gaggle of friends, family and teammates, Dana Hills senior Peter Tago celebrated his selection in the supplemental first round of the MLB amateur draft on Monday night.

The right-hander was selected 47th overall by the Colorado Rockies after a senior campaign in which he led the Dolphins to the CIF-SS Division 1 finals with a 10-3 record and 2.77 ERA.

“This is unbelievable,” Tago said. “I have worked so hard for this day over the past year. It is just a relief off my shoulders.”

Tago, who described as possessing an “electric fastball,” watched the draft on television at Ballpark Pizza, where the patrons fell silent with every pick after the middle of the first round, letting out howls and boos until Tago was taken by Colorado.

When Tago was selected he embraced his father Frank, mother JoAnn and sisters Frankie, Bailey and Piper.

“This is so emotional,” said JoAnn Tago, who oversaw Peter’s start in baseball at age 3. “This is a dream come true. He loves baseball so much. I am so happy to see him living his dream.”

After consulting with agent Lenny Strelitz following Dana Hills’ run through the CIF playoffs, Tago had hoped to be a first-round selection, perhaps as high as the 18th overall pick. Tago grew restless as teams passed on him, particularly the Angels, who didn’t use any of their first five picks on him.

“It would have been really nice to be with the Angels, so I was hoping for that after working out with them,” Tago said. “But now I have something to prove, dropping so far.”

Tago, Colorado’s second pick of the day, following Clemson outfielder Kyle Parker (26th overall), said he plans to sign as soon as possible and get on a minor league roster. He most likely will start out with either the Class A Tri-City Dust Devils or Rookie-Level Casper Ghosts.

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