Jarrod Dyson
Jarrod Dyson
35-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Pittsburgh Pirates
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Justin Smoak, Kurt Suzuki, Robinson Chirinos, Brandon Lowe, Brian Dozier. Each of those players hit at least 17 home runs in 2019, and each of them earned less fantasy value than Dyson. Everyone hit for power in 2019, but even fewer players ran, which is why Dyson's .230 average, bad power and worse RBI production still had positive value in mixed-league formats. As long as his legs are healthy, he is money for 25-plus steals a season, especially now that his playing time is secure after signing with the Pirates. You just have to build your roster appropriately around him because he is an absolute drag in three of the five hitting categories. Depending on where he bats in the order, his stolen-base opportunities could increase as he has not shown many signs of slowing down at age 35. The speed and defense are worth him playing most days, even if he's hitting eighth or ninth. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Pirates in February of 2020.
Settling in at plate
OFPittsburgh Pirates
August 8, 2020
Dyson went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Saturday's 11-5 loss to Detroit.
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He doubled his hit total Saturday while raising his season's batting average above the Mendoza Line for the first time (.219) in 2020. Dyson has scored four runs and swiped two bases in his last three games. He's also drawn three walks in four games. Pittsburgh faces righty Spencer Turnbull on Sunday. Dyson is hitting .248 against right-handers for his career, 15 points higher than his career mark against left-handed pitchers.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+25%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+236%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+41%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .707 109 18 0 7 5 .290 .374 .333
Since 2018vs Right .564 617 80 9 36 43 .197 .283 .282
2020vs Left .833 4 0 0 2 0 .333 .500 .333
2020vs Right .248 33 4 0 2 2 .097 .152 .097
2019vs Left .706 50 10 0 1 1 .326 .380 .326
2019vs Right .623 402 55 7 26 29 .218 .304 .319
2018vs Left .699 55 8 0 4 4 .250 .358 .341
2018vs Right .494 182 21 2 8 12 .173 .260 .235
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+10%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+159%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .557 346 55 1 23 30 .213 .301 .256
Since 2018Away .611 380 43 8 20 18 .209 .292 .319
2020Home .440 19 4 0 3 2 .176 .263 .176
2020Away .170 18 0 0 1 0 .059 .111 .059
2019Home .540 227 35 1 14 17 .215 .286 .254
2019Away .729 225 30 6 13 13 .246 .339 .390
2018Home .621 100 16 0 6 11 .217 .343 .277
2018Away .481 137 13 2 6 5 .171 .237 .244
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Stat Review
How does Jarrod Dyson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. 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 and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as 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.
BB/K
0.50
 
BB Rate
8.1%
 
K Rate
16.2%
 
BABIP
.143
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.118
 
OBP
.189
 
SLG
.118
 
OPS
.307
 
wOBA
.152
 
Exit Velocity
76.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
39.3%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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A 34-year-old part-time outfielder coming off his worst season is already bad enough. Factor in Dyson is completely reliant on his legs and is returning from sports hernia surgery for the second straight year, things get even more bleak. However, in today's fantasy landscape, anyone capable of swiping bags in bunches is relevant. Before having his season end prematurely in early July, Dyson was barely hitting his weight, though he did have 16 bags. And, to be fair, Dyson's plate skills and batted-ball profile lined up with career levels so his .216 BABIP was artificially low and a candidate to regress toward his career .298 mark. Dyson's glove and speed should keep him on the field enough to be a factor in NL-only formats and mixed leagues with daily moves. Otherwise, draft speed elsewhere and only look to pick Dyson up in the event of an injury to one of your top stolen-base contributors.
Most of Dyson's second half was lost to injury and he ultimately underwent sports hernia surgery in September. He was basically the exact same player in Seattle that he was in Kansas City, posting an 85 wRC+ and .296 wOBA in 111 games (86 wRC+, .299 wOBA for career). He makes contact at a good clip (14.1 percent strikeout rate last season), but Dyson hasn't had a walk rate over 8.0 percent since 2013, and there is very little pop in his bat. Dyson was able to once again make an impact on the basepaths, going 28-for-35 on stolen-base attempts, but he was such a drag elsewhere that those contributions were largely offset in fantasy. Dyson landed with Arizona in free agency and figures to serve as the fourth outfielder, with limited exposure to lefties -- he's a .215/.293/.259 career hitter against left-handed pitching. It's not a lock that the 33-year-old will ever get to 400 plate appearances in a season.
Despite setting a career high in plate appearances and on-base percentage, Dyson's stolen base total didn't increase proportionately. Sometimes we forget steals are as much about opportunity and game situation as they are about raw speed. To wit, Dyson ran only 41 percent of the time as compared to 57 percent combined from 2013-2015. In addition, his still impressive 81 percent success rate nonetheless dropped from the 86 percent mark displayed the previous four campaigns. The bottom line is Dyson has been an elite contributor in the category, albeit in a limited role which isn't guaranteed to grow exponentially following a January trade to Seattle. As such, with extremely detrimental totals in homers and RBI, Dyson is best suited in formats with daily or twice-weekly moves to maximize his speed impact in favorable scenarios or as dictated by your team's needs.
Dyson has spent the last couple years as the fourth outfielder and primary pinch-runner for the Royals. It was no different in 2015, as he only played in 90 games but still posted 26 steals in 29 attempts. His batting average decreased a bit from .269 in 2014 to .250, but he struck out less as well (17.9% strikeout rate in 2014, 16.4% in 2015). With a new opening in the outfield thanks to Alex Rios leaving, Dyson could move his way into a larger role with the Royals in 2016, but he will get a late start to the season after suffering a Grade 2 oblique strain in spring training. Paul Orlando will serve as the Royals' primary right fielder in the meantime.
Dyson appeared in 120 games for Kansas City in 2014, collecting 30 stolen bases for the third straight season after posting a career-best total of 36. He's not known for doing much with the bat, but Dyson posted the best batting average (.269) out of any of his major league seasons. He was more likely to finish games then to start them, as his speed gave manager Ned Yost a valuable pinch runner to use in late-game situations, and Yost often left him in the game in center field due to his range on defense. If he sees more consistent time in the starting lineup in his age-30 season, Dyson could turn into a sneaky fantasy asset in deeper formats, as his contribution in the steals category can't be denied. Owners will need to find power elsewhere, however, as Dyson has just four career home runs in 353 games at the major league level.
Even after a decent, though unspectacular, first full tour in the majors in 2012, Dyson opened the 2013 year back in Triple-A with the promise of maybe receiving an eventual callup as a fourth outfielder. Thanks to the combination of Jeff Francoeur's ineptitude and Lorenzo Cain's inability to stay healthy, Dyson was brought up and spent most of his time playing both center and right field. Dyson's walk and strikeout rates declined a bit, but not to the point where there should be any concern about future performance. He displayed a touch more pop, kept his OBP between .325 and .330 most of the time, and over the course of 239 plate appearances, swiped 34 bases. He was caught just six times all year, which helped him maintain that 85 percent success rate from the year before. With Norichika Aoki now in tow, it looks like Dyson will be a fourth outfielder again. If he can simply boost his plate discipline just a touch and push his on-base percentage consistently over the .330 mark, he could push Aoki for the leadoff spot, which would help increase his value. At worst though, he'll end up platooning but still remain a solid option for cheap steals in the outfield.
After six years of working through the Royals' minor league system, Dyson received his first full-time opportunity in the show after starting center fielder Lorenzo Cain landed on the disabled list and incumbent fourth outfielder, Jason Bourgeois, failed to impress. Though he struggled initially and failed to post a strong on-base percentage, his defense kept the Royals from dismissing him back to the minors and he was able to work through his issues at the plate, improving both his walk and strikeout rates, while posting an OBP above .333 for three of the season's six months. Unfortunately, a strained lat muscle cut his season short and he was reduced to just pinch running duties for most of the final month, but still finished the season with a .260 average, 30 stolen bases and 52 runs scored. In all likelihood, further growth and development at his age seems unlikely, which means that Dyson will probably spend this spring competing for a bench role as the team's fourth outfielder.
Dyson spent the bulk of the 2011 season at Triple-A Omaha, where he hit .279/.356/.357 and stole 38 bases. The speed that he provides was also on display when he stole 11 bases in just 26 games at the major league level. Given that he has trouble making contact and getting on-base, it's unlikely that Dyson will find his way into many games in the 2012 season, baring an injury. He's more suited to be a pinch-runner than an everyday outfielder. Don't be surprised if he spends another season at Triple-A stealing more bases, while his time in Kansas City will likely be served as a fifth outfielder.
Dyson batted .272 and stole 13 bases in 46 games at the Triple-A level last season before struggling in 18 September games with the Royals. Obviously, that's a miniscule sample size, but Dyson has never shown himself to be an extraordinary hitter. He doesn't have any power as indicated by his career .343 slugging percentage in the minors, but he did steal nine bases in 10 attempts in his short stint with KC. He'll be given a shot to win the center-field job out of spring training, but he's one of at least three candidates.
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On bench versus lefty
OFPittsburgh Pirates
August 7, 2020
Dyson is out of the lineup Friday against the Tigers.
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Not starting Wednesday
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August 5, 2020
Dyson is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Twins.
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Struggles continue Tuesday
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August 5, 2020
Dyson went 0-for-3 with a walk in Tuesday's 7-3 loss to the Twins.
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Not in Monday's lineup
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August 3, 2020
Dyson is not in the lineup Monday against the Twins.
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Not starting Sunday
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August 2, 2020
Dyson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Cubs.
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