Samuel Isaac Dyson
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 2", Weight 205 lb.
- School University of South Carolina
- High School Jesuit High School (Tampa)
- Debut July 5, 2012
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.
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. he pitched only twice for the Blue Jays, with no record and a 40.50 ERA resulting from 3 runs in two-thirds of a inning.
On January 30, 2013, the Miami Marlins claimed Sam off waivers from the Jays. His being placed on waivers was a puzzling move, given how well ge had pitched in the minors the previous year, and while he did not do much for Miami in his first season with the team - 0-2, 9.00 in 5 games, he would soon prove to be a valuable addition to the team's bullpen. In 2014, he pitched 31 times with a 2.14 ERA and a 3-1 record in 42 innings, then in 2015, he pitched 44 times in relief over the first four months of the year, with a record of 3-3, 3.68.
Sam earned his first career save on August 2, 2015, pitching for the Texas Rangers against the San Francisco Giants. He relieved starter Martin Perez with one out in the 9th after Perez had allowed a one-out double to Angel Pagan, only the second hit against him in the game; Sam then got the last two outs to preserve a 2-1 win. He had just joined the Rangers on July 31st, after having been traded by the Marlins for Cody Edge and Tomas Telis.
Dyson was one of the best pitchers in the 2017 World Baseball Classic as he contributed to the United States' title by retiring all 18 batters he faced during tournament play.
- 30 Saves Seasons: 1 (2016)
- 2012 Blue Jays Media Guide
- USC bio