Sam Dyson, Relief Pitcher, Texas Rangers, #47
Date of Birth: 5/7/1988
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
College: University of South Carolina
Current Salary: $3,520,000
Sam Dyson, relief pitcher/closer for the Texas Rangers, was first drafted in 2006 by the Washington Nationals but he opted instead to play for the University of South Carolina. Three years later, he was drafted by the Oakland Athletics but again he didn't sign. He finally signed with the Toronto Blue Jays in 2010. He had labrum repair surgery in 2010 and Tommy John surgery in 2011.
Dyson spent most of the 2012 season in the minors, pitching in just 2 games with the Blue Jays. They designated him for assignment on January 22, 2013.
The Miami Marlins claimed Dyson off waivers on January 30, 2013. He spent most of the 2013 season again in the minors, pitching just 11.0 innings in 5 games with the Marlins. In 2014, he pitched in 31 games of relief with the Marlins and he had a career low ERA of 2.14.
Dyson was traded to the Rangers on July 31, 2015. He finished the season with a 2.63 ERA and a career high 71 strikeouts (to 21 walks) in 44 games with the Marlins and 31 games with the Rangers.
As the Rangers' closer in 2016, Dyson had 38 saves in 73 games. He finished the season with 3 wins and 2 losses, 55 strikeouts to 23 walks, and a 2.43 ERA in 70.1 innings. In the postseason, he pitched 1.0 innings in 1 game and he gave up no hits.
Career pitching statistics for Dyson through 2016 include:
- 186 games played
- 199.1 innings pitched
- 11-9 win-loss record
- 40 saves
- 165 strikeouts to 66 walks
- 2.93 ERA