Sam Dyson
Sam Dyson
31-Year-Old PitcherRP
Minnesota Twins
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 8/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
While Dyson had some worried after a shaky spring -- which resulted in him losing out on the closer role to Hunter Strickland-- the right-hander returned to his old form in 2018, posting a 2.69 ERA across 70.1 innings. Dyson's strikeout, walk and home-run rates all rebounded closer to his career marks after he posted career-worst numbers in 2017 (5.60 K/9, 4.9 BB/9, 1.6 HR/9). He's now pitched at least 70 innings with a 2.70 ERA or lower in three of the past four seasons, with 2017 representing the outlier. While he wasn't able to hang onto the ninth-inning role after Strickland got hurt last season, allowing five runs in five appearances before ceding duties to Will Smith, he's expected to get another shot at the closing job in spring training. Smith seems like the favorite to emerge with the job, and Mark Melancon is probably ahead of Dyson on the totem pole as well. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $5 million contract with the Giants in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration. Traded to the Twins in July of 2019.
Undergoes shoulder surgery
PMinnesota Twins
Shoulder
September 25, 2019
Dyson underwent capsule repair surgery in his right shoulder Tuesday and could be out up to 12 months, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
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Dyson could miss the entire 2020 season and his career could be in jeopardy with this type of surgery. The Twins traded for Dyson in July to not only bolster their bullpen for this season, but next year as well, so this will impact their offseason plans.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
14
Last 10 Games
16
Last 5 Games
17
How many pitches does Sam Dyson generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
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31-40
 
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111-120
 
121+
 
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11-20
 
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31-40
 
41-50
 
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121+
 
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41-50
 
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121+
What part of the game does Sam Dyson generally pitch?
 
 
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-1%
BAA vs LHP
2019
 
 
-4%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .249 310 48 33 67 9 4 11
Since 2017vs Right .252 472 97 30 109 26 1 8
2019vs Left .225 97 23 5 20 3 0 3
2019vs Right .234 152 32 8 33 6 1 3
2018vs Left .244 96 16 8 21 5 1 3
2018vs Right .219 177 40 12 35 11 0 2
2017vs Left .277 117 9 20 26 1 3 5
2017vs Right .311 143 25 10 41 9 0 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-11%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-77%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-60%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-6%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.69 1.29 102.1 9 9 12 7.0 3.0 0.7
Since 2017Away 4.13 1.26 85.0 4 5 7 6.9 3.1 1.2
2019Home 1.21 0.84 29.2 3 1 2 7.6 1.2 0.0
2019Away 5.23 1.26 32.2 2 0 0 8.3 2.5 1.7
2018Home 3.66 1.22 39.1 2 2 2 8.2 2.5 0.7
2018Away 1.45 0.90 31.0 2 1 1 5.8 2.6 0.6
2017Home 5.94 1.77 33.1 4 6 8 5.1 5.1 1.4
2017Away 6.33 1.78 21.1 0 4 6 6.3 4.6 1.3
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Stat Review
How does Sam Dyson compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against this season's data (min 20 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
4.23
 
K/9
7.9
 
BB/9
1.9
 
HR/9
0.9
 
Fastball
93.9 mph
 
ERA
3.32
 
WHIP
1.06
 
BABIP
.280
 
GB/FB
2.07
 
Left On Base
69.4%
 
Exit Velocity
89.7 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.9%
 
Spin Rate
2388 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
37.6%
 
Swinging Strike
8.7%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It's difficult to imagine an MLB reliever starting a season in a more disastrous fashion than Dyson did in 2017. Coming off a breakout year in which he posted a 2.43 ERA and tallied 38 saves as the Rangers' closer, Dyson struggled mightily out of the gates, allowing 11 runs in his first four relief appearances. He was unseated as the team's ninth-inning arm before the calendar turned to May. Dyson pitched in middle relief for a bit before being designated for assignment in early June. He was scooped up by the Giants and inserted into the closer role shortly thereafter when Mark Melancon hit the DL with an elbow injury. Dyson found more success with the Giants but was still far from dominant, as evidenced by the 29-year-old's 6.4 K/9 and 4.3 BB/9 after the move. He'll return to the Bay Area in 2018 but will likely be limited to a setup role with Melancon reclaiming the ninth-inning duties.
One of baseball's leading groundball pitchers finally flashed those skills in a notable fantasy role, running away with Texas' closer gig after Shawn Tolleson imploded. He boasts a 2.45 ERA since 2013, mainly via a dominant two-seamer/sinker. Still, he carries a few warning signs for 2017. Dyson has quietly allowed homers at a more frequent rate in the last two years. Relievers can keep high left on-base percentages, but his jump to 85.4 looks ripe to dip back toward his career 77.1 mark. His strikeout rate (7.0 per nine) and swinging-strike percentage (8.3) were his lowest in his three seasons with significant work. Dyson's walk rate also ballooned to 4.1 BB/9 in the second half. Fantasy owners shouldn't bet on a closer sustaining success with those numbers, no matter how good his signature pitch. He's particularly risky since Texas has several options who may keep his leash short.
Dyson showed a marked improvement in his walk rate, issuing just 21 free passes in 75.1 innings in 2015 after allowing 15 walks in 42 innings the year prior, and a big jump in his strikeout rate also followed and resulted in a fine season out of the bullpen. A midseason trade sent him from Miami to Texas, and his numbers after the trade were the best of his young career (24 hits allowed, 30:4 K:BB in 31.1 innings). Thanks to a heavy sinker that produced a massive 6.0 GB/FB, Dyson should serve as Texas' primary setup reliever to closer Shawn Tolleson initially and could be first in line to be elevated into the closer role should something happen to Tolleson. The acquisition of Tom Wilhelmsen in November provides another possible obstacle to the closer's role, however.
Dyson harnessed his sinker in a big way during 2014, his most consistent season as a professional. He began the season notching a 2.49 ERA over 25.1 innings at Triple-A New Orleans before getting a midsummer call to the big leagues. Following his promotion, Dyson reeled off 42 strong innings in the Marlins' bullpen, inducing groundballs at a 63.3% clip while posting a 2.14 ERA in 31 games. Dyson's arsenal is far from overwhelming as he allowed 41 hits and 15 walks against 33 strikeouts during his time in the majors, but worked his hard, mid-90s sinking fastball to an excellent 3.82 GB/FB ratio. Turning 27 in May, Dyson is set to function as an important multi-inning piece in the middle of the Miami bullpen.
Despite a solid season in the minors that included a 2.67 ERA and 1.23 WHIP across three levels, Dyson -- a roster casualty in Toronto after the 2012 campaign -- was largely ineffective during a brief stint with the Marlins in September. He allowed 11 earned runs in 11 innings, with five walks against five strikeouts. Control is a key factor for Dyson, who has struck out just 100 batters in 185.1 minor league innings and offers a hard sinking fastball that has led to consistently strong groundball rates in the minors. Dyson has spent most of his time in the Marlins' system as a starter, but could also be a consideration to contribute in relief at some point in 2014.
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May need shoulder surgery
PMinnesota Twins
Biceps
September 25, 2019
Dyson may need surgery on his shoulder that would push his return to the mound until the middle of the 2020 season, the La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Season in doubt
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Biceps
September 14, 2019
Dyson (biceps) suffered a setback and may not be able to return this season, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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MRI shows no structural damage
PMinnesota Twins
Biceps
September 6, 2019
Dyson's (biceps) MRI showed no structural damage Friday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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Leaves team with sore biceps
PMinnesota Twins
Biceps
September 4, 2019
Dyson was sent to Minnesota with a recurrence of minor soreness in his biceps, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "Just trying to get out ahead" of the problem, Chief Baseball Officer Derek Falvey said.
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Returns from IL
PMinnesota Twins
August 13, 2019
Dyson (biceps) was activated from the 10-day injured list Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
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