Sam Dyson's career has been unique, to say the least. Drafted in the fourth round in 2010 by the Blue Jays, he missed all of 2011 because of arm surgery. The former South Carolina Gamecock was back in uniform in 2012 to make his pro debut as a starter with the Dunedin Blue Jays on April 9. After six games, he advanced to Double-A to begin his stint with the Fisher Cats as a reliever.
His initial stint with the Fisher Cats lasted a grand total of 15 games before he got the news every player wants to hear - you're headed to the major leagues. Dyson was on his way to Toronto and made his debut on July 5, recording one out with a strikeout and a walk against Kansas City. Twelve days later, his next outing was just as short - one-third of an inning - but he gave up three runs at Yankee Stadium.
Dyson pitched in two games for the Jays before finishing the year out with the Fisher Cats. But in the offseason, he became a victim of numbers when the Blue Jays had to remove him from the 40-man roster to make way for some newly acquired players. When that happened, he was exposed to waivers and the Marlins snatched him away on January 30.
The Tampa native spent most of his year in Double-A, pitching almost exclusively as a starter. Over 22 games (21 starts) Dyson put together a 4-11 record despite an ERA of 2.67. He earned a promotion to the big leagues at the end of August and has appeared in three games with the Marlins through September 13.
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