Ht: 6’3″ Wt: 190
Acquired: Selected in 1st round supplemental of 2010 draft (47th overall) by COL, selected in Rule 5 Minor League Phase by White Sox in 2014
FutureSox Prospect Rankings
- #20 – 2016 Preseason
- VIDEO: Combined at-bats, 8/15/2015
- VIDEO: Full AB (pop-up) in AFL, 10/27/2015
- Interview, 8/15/2015
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Peter Tago was taken 47th overall in the 2010 draft and signed for a $983,000 bonus more in line with a mid-1st round pick (slot was $740,000), coming out of high school with glowing scouting reports and a UCLA commitment. But in four seasons never getting past A-ball in the Rockies organization, he fought control issues consistently (BB/9 rates in the 6’s in A/A+) and struck out fewer batters than he walked. When it came time for the 2014 Rule 5 Draft, Colorado not only didn’t put him on their 40-man roster, surprisingly they didn’t put him on their minor league reserve list either. The White Sox swooped in and grabbed him in the minor league phase of the draft, and have helped him make a truly dramatic turnaround.
While capable of throwing upper 90’s heat and a curveball with plenty of movement (if inconsistently), under the tutelage of Jose Bautista and J.R. Perdew this once-touted prospect essentially started over. Mechanics were changed, the curve was shelved in favor of a slider, and he was moved to a relief role. The results were impressive – he went from A to A+ to AA in 2015, halving his walk rate (to 3.9 BB/9), dramatically increasing his strikeouts (to 9.9 K/9), allowing much fewer hits (6.6 H/9) and impressing scouts with his work across three levels. He also pitched in the AFL, where his control issues resurfaced, but that was in just 9.2 innings. Tago spent 2016 (his age 23/24 season) in Birmingham, and posted good numbers through early August (58 IP, 44 H, 19 ER, 24 BB, 76 K) before getting shelled in his last three contests and being shut down early as he tired. He was, before that fall off, on a short list for a potential September call-up to Chicago according to a team source. Tago should start 2017 in AAA and has a strong likelihood of seeing the Sox bullpen at some point that season, though he’ll reach minor league free agent status after this year and would need a new deal to stay in the organization.
Major League Outlook: Middle reliever
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