Sam Dyson, a 24-year-old former Freshman All-American at the University of South Carolina, was claimed off waivers by the Marlins on Wednesday. Dyson has already undergone Tommy John surgery in 2011 but he has a great arsenal of pitches. In July, Blue Jays manager John Farrell told the National Post that Dyson has "maybe the best overall stuff in our organization." Dyson has less than one inning of Major League experience, but he should get a shot at contributing to the Marlins as a reliever in 2013.
In 1988, Sam Dyson was born in Tampa, Florida. He attended Jesuit High School in Tampa, the same school that has produced MLB greats such as Lou Pinella and Al Lopez. Dyson was drafted in the 19th round of the 2006 MLB Amateur draft, but he decided to attend South Carolina instead of signing with the Nationals. In 2007, Dyson missed the Gamecocks entire season due to a surgery he was forced to get in order to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. Despite his age, Dyson has much, much less experience than most other 24-year-olds in professional baseball because of his lengthy injury history.
Dyson was drafted after his sophomore season at South Carolina in the 10th round of the 2009 draft. However, he smartly decided to forego his professional career once again, and stay at South Carolina. In Dyson's senior season, he pitched in 103 innings and led South Carolina to a national championship. The Toronto Blue Jays selected him in the 4th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur draft.
Miami Marlins Claim Minor Leauger Sam Dyson
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