Jarrod Dyson, Center Field, Seattle Mariners
Date of Birth: 8/15/1984
Birthplace: McComb, Mississippi
College: Southwest Mississippi Community College
Jarrod Dyson, center fielder for the Seattle Mariners, was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in 2006. He played in the Royals' minor league system from 2006 through 2011, joining the Royals for 18 games in 2010 and 26 games in 2011.
Dyson played in 102 games with the Royals in 2012. That season, he batted .260 with 76 hits and 30 stolen bases. In 2013, he split his time between the Royals and the minor leagues. In 87 games with the Royals in 2013, he batted .258 with 55 hits and 34 stolen bases.
Dyson finished the 2014 season with 70 hits, 36 stolen bases, and a .269 batting average in 120 games. In the postseason, he had 2 hits, 1 stolen base, and a .125 batting average in 16 at-bats in 13 games.
Dyson and the Royals agreed to a one-year, $1,225,000 contract on January 28, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 50 hits, 26 stolen bases, and a .250 batting average in 90 games. Defensively, he played 27 games in left field, 37 games in center field, and 17 games in right field. He had no hits, 3 stolen bases, and 1 run in 4 at-bats in 6 postseason games. He gave the Royals the lead in the twelfth inning of Game 5 of the World Series as a pinch runner by stealing second base and then scoring on a hit by Christian Colon.
In 2016, Dyson batted .278 with 83 hits, 14 doubles, and 30 stolen bases in 107 games. Defensively, he played 19 games in left field, 57 games in center field, and 21 games in right field.
Dyson was traded to the Mariners on January 6, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Dyson through 2016 include:
- 550 games played
- 355 hits
- 176 stolen bases
- 101 RBIs
- 259 strikeouts to 126 walks
- .260 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Dyson as a center fielder through 2016 include:
- 393 games played
- 912 putouts
- 20 errors
- .979 fielding percentage