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Blue Jays 10th Pick, 126 Overall: Sam Dyson

Andy Seiler:

Sam Dyson Position: RHP School: South Carolina State: SC Year: Jr. Height: 6’2’’ Weight: 195 Birth Date: 5/7/88 Seiler Rating: 1C2 Last Drafted: 2009 (OAK-10)

Sam Dyson is a power-armed right-handed pitcher from the University of South Carolina. Dyson came to South Carolina from Jesuit High School in Tampa, Florida, a school with an extremely long history in baseball that has included Lou Piniella, Brad Radke, and Dave Magadan, among others. They also have a high school senior in this Notebook by the name of Daniel Gibson. Dyson was heavily recruited and scouted out of high school, and he would have been picked in the top five rounds had he not been committed to pitching at South Carolina. The Nationals spent a nineteenth round pick on him, but they failed to convince him to sign. Things quickly fell apart for Dyson after that. He underwent labrum surgery on his throwing shoulder, then soon after had surgery on his non-throwing shoulder, then later he had surgery on his elbow to move a nerve that was scraping against his bone. All told, he lost his freshman year to a medical redshirt, and then he was limited as a redshirt freshman, though he had good success. He ended up showing huge stuff as a sophomore, but he fell once again due to questions about his durability and signability as an eligible sophomore last June. The A’s spent a tenth round pick on him. He didn’t sign, had bone chips removed from his pitching elbow in August, then returned to have a very successful junior year. His stuff isn’t as big as it was a year ago, but it’s easily good enough to be a number three starter. He pitches now in the 91-93 range and touches 95, down from the 93-95 range of a year ago. His curveball is his best secondary offering, and it’s a solid-average pitch. He also has a fringe-average slider and an average changeup. He should go somewhere in the range of the supplemental first round to the third round as a signable 22-year-old junior.