Kansas City Royals – No. 1
August 15, 1984 |
|September 7, 2010|
(through 2014 season)
|Runs batted in||58|
Dyson was drafted by the Royals in the 50th round, 1,475th overall, of the 2006 amateur draft. He was first called up to the major leagues in September 2010.
Dyson was born and raised in McComb, Mississippi. He has three older brothers and a younger sister, and was raised by Cecilia, his mother. The family lived in public housing until he was eight years old.
Early professional career
Dyson was drafted by the Royals in the 50th round, 1,475th overall, of the 2006 amateur draft. He began his professional career that year, playing for the AZL Royals and hitting .273 with no home runs and 19 stolen bases in 51 games. He played in 10 games in 2007, all for the Burlington Bees, hitting .270.
He spent 2008 with the Wilmington Blue Rocks, hitting .260 with 39 stolen bases in 93 games. He split the 2009 season between the Bees (17 games) and Northwest Arkansas Naturals (63 games), hitting a combined .276 with 46 stolen bases. He began the 2010 in the minor leagues, splitting the season between the AZL Royals, Blue Rocks, Naturals and Omaha Royals. He hit .299 with 24 stolen bases in 71 games.
Major league career
Dyson was first called up to the major leagues in September 2010, joining the Royals and getting some playing time in center field. He played in 18 games and hit .211 with nine stolen bases in 57 at-bats. He made the team out of training camp in 2011, and took on the role of a pinch running specialist. He is regarded as one of the faster outfielders in the game.
With Melky Cabrera having a breakout season in center field, Dyson spent the majority of the season in Triple-A. When in the Major Leagues, he served as a late-inning pinch runner for Billy Butler and Brayan Pena. Dyson hit .205 in 44 at-bats, stealing 11 bases. In the minors, he hit .279 with 38 stolen bases in 83 minor league games that year.
The Royals originally had Lorenzo Cain as their starting center fielder, however Dyson gained significant playing time as a result of injuries to Cain.
In 102 games, Dyson finished the 2012 season with 76 hits in 292 at-bats leading to a .260 batting average. He also had nine RBI, eight doubles, five triples, 30 walks, 52 runs scored and 30 stolen bases, further highlighting his speed and baserunning talent. He spent 15 games with the minor league Omaha Storm Chasers that year as well, hitting .333. with seven stolen bases.
In 2013, Dyson set a career best with 34 steals and had a slash line of .258/.326/.366. He furthered his role as a valuable player off the bench for late inning baserunning.
In spring training in 2014, Dyson tied for the major league lead in stolen bases with 10, while not being caught once. He finished the regular season tied for third in the American League with 36 steals. He was often used as a late inning pinch runner and defensive substitute, taking over in center field while Lorenzo Cain would shift to right field taking the place of Norichika Aoki. He played in a career high 120 games and had a career high batting average (.269) and RBI total (24).
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