A couple East Valley standout shortstops in Dustin Peterson and Riley Unroe were both second-round selections in the Major League Baseball draft on Thursday.
Peterson, who batted .540 with 10 homers and 39 RBIs this year for Gilbert, went No. 50 overall to the Padres. Unroe, the Tribune’s Player of the Year after batting .553 with 10 home runs, 59 RBIs and 25 stolen bases for Desert Ridge, was selected at No. 60 by the Tampa Bay Rays.
Peterson received a call from his adviser about five picks before he was chosen to make sure signing with San Diego would be an option. Peterson assured him it was, and he watched the announcement on TV as friends and family cheered wildly behind him.
Peterson followed his older brother D.J., who was selected by the Mariners with the No. 12 overall selection after a standout season at New Mexico.
“It’s really a dream come true,” Dustin Peterson said. “When we were little we never would have guessed. Two brothers getting drafted in the same day? It’s just amazing.”
Unroe worked out for Tampa Bay two weeks ago but wasn’t sure where he would be selected. He was disappointed about not going late in the first round after hearing his name connected to some clubs, but was glad to be the Rays’ choice.
“There were some high hopes from 20 to 30, but I’m still very proud,” Unroe said. “I know thousands of kids would kill to be in this position.”
Peterson seems like a lock to forgo his college commitment to Arizona State and turn professional, but Southern California is a real possibility for Unroe.
“It’s up in the air,” Unroe said. “I still have that on the table.”
It was a long and stressful day for both Peterson and Unroe, who watched the draft for more than four hours while waiting to be picked, but they finished the day as the only two high school players from Arizona selected in the first two rounds.
“It ended up pretty great,” Peterson said.