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Samuel Isaac Dyson

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[edit] Biographical Information

Pitcher Sam Dyson reached the majors with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2012, his first season in professional baseball.

[edit] Amateur Career

Originally selected by the Washington Nationals in the 19th round of the 2006 amateur draft after going 10-1 as a high school senior, Dyson opted to attend the University of South Carolina instead. He had a medical redshirt in 2007. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, he had a 8-0, 4.09 record despite 28 walks in 50 2/3 innings. Collegiate Baseball named him a Freshman All-American. He fell to 9-4, 5.21 in '09. He was then taken by the Oakland Athletics in the tenth round of the 2009 amateur draft but did not sign. He improved in 2010, going 6-5 with a 4.28 ERA, 101 strikeouts and 24 walks in 103 innings. He eliminated Arizona State University (4 R in 7 1/3 IP) in the 2010 College World Series then had a no-decision (2 R in 6 2/3 IP) in a win over Clemson to send South Carolina to the finals. South Carolina wound up with the title. Dyson was drafted for a third time, taken by the Blue Jays in the fourth round of the 2010 amateur draft. The scout was John Hendricks. He was the highest pick from the CWS champs that year.

[edit] Professional Career

Due to Tommy John surgery, Dyson did not make his pro debut until 2012, first appearing for the Dunedin Blue Jays. Playing for Dunedin, he was 2-0 with a 4.08 ERA in 6 starts. He was then promoted to the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, for whom he was moved to the bullpen. In 15 games, he posted a 0.75 ERA (albeit with a 2.63 RA) and recorded 3 saves. He was called up by the Jays in July to replace Scott Richmond on the staff and made his big league debut on July 5th against the Kansas City Royals. He relieved Luis Pérez. He faced two batters, walking Billy Butler before striking out Yuniesky Betancourt to end the seventh inning before Francisco Cordero replaced him to open the 8th.

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  • 2012 Blue Jays Media Guide
  • USC bio

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