06/07/2010 11:40 PM ET
Rockies select OF Kyle Parker, RHP Peter Tago on the first day of the 2010 MLB First-Year Player Draft
DENVER -- The Colorado Rockies made two selections on the first day of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft. With the club's first round selection (26th overall) the Rockies selected outfielder Kyle Parker out of Clemson University. With the club's second selection (47th overall, supplemental round) the Rockies selected RHP Peter Tago out of Dana Hills High School in Dana Point, Calif.
Parker, 6-foot-1 and 200 pounds, has hit .358 (78-for-218) with 15 doubles, 20 home runs, 63 RBI and 78 runs scored. He has a .486 on-base percentage and a .688 slugging percentage so far this season. Parker was rated as the 36th overall player available for the draft by Baseball America. Baseball America also rated Parker the 2nd best prospect from the state of South Carolina.
Parker ranks first in the Atlantic Coast Conference with his 20 home runs, and 2nd with his 78 runs scored. He also ranked 2nd in the ACC in slugging percentage, and 4th in on-base percentage. Parker was a three year starter for the Tigers, and was named a freshman All-American by Baseball America in 2008, even though he graduated high school a semester early in 2008 to enroll at Clemson.
Parker is also a quarterback for the Tigers football team, and he started all 14 of the team's games in 2009. He completed 205-of-369 passes for 2,526 yards and 20 touchdowns. He led the Tigers to a Music City Bowl Championship over Kentucky University in his first year as the team's starting quarterback. Parker is the first student athlete to throw for 20 touchdowns, and hit 20 home runs in the same school year in NCAA history.
Tago, 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, went 10-3 with a 2.77 ERA (86.0 ip, 34 er) with 21 walks and 97 strikeouts for Dana Hills High School as a senior in 2010. Tago was ranked as the 18th best right-handed pitcher available in the draft by Baseball America. The same publication also rated Tago the 36th best player overall in the draft, and the 5th best prospect from the state of California.
In Tago's final start in high school he tossed a 7.0-inning complete game in which he struck out 13 and walked just two batters. Tago struck out 10 batters or more in four of his 14 starts this season for Dana Hills.
Parker is the first position player the Rockies have taken first overall since the club selected Troy Tulowitzki in the first round of the 2005 first-year player draft. Parker is the first outfielder the Rockies have selected with the club's first pick in franchise history. The Rockies also selected outfielder Tim Wheeler in the first round of the 2009 draft, though he was not the club's first pick of the draft (LHP Tyler Matzek).
The Rockies selection of Tago marks the 2nd straight season the Rockies have selected a high school pitcher on the first day of the draft, as the club also took left-handed pitcher Tyler Matzek in the first round of the 2009 draft, also from a California high school (Capistrano Valley High School).