Griffin: Blue Jays promote RHP Sam Dyson from AA-New Hampshire
The Blue Jays announced on Thursday that they have promoted RHP Sam Dyson from Double-A New Hampshire to replace Canadian RHP Scott Richmond who was sent back to AAA-Las Vegas on option following Wednesday's game.
Dyson, 24, was drafted in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, out of the University of South Carolina, Columbia. He is the first Jays' prospect from the bountiful '10 draft to reach the majors. Those drafted ahead of him by the Jays included RHP Deck McGuire, RHP Aaron Sanchez, RHP Noah Syndergaard, RHP Asher Wojciechowski, LHP Griffin Murphy, 3B Kellen Sweeney, LHP Justin Nicolino and 3B Chris Hawkins. This was considered one of the top draft classes in baseball that summer.
Dyson began the current '12 season at Class-A Dunedin, where he was 2-0 in six starts with a 4.08 ERA. He was promoted to the Fisher Cats in May, where he pitched in relief, making 15 appearances with a 0.75 ERA and three saves. The 6-2, 205 lbs. native of Tampa, FL, already has had his Tommy John surgery, back in his draft-eligible junior season of college, signing with the Jays in August and rehabbing the entire 2011 season. The Jays knew he was injured when they drafted him, but Dyson's upside was worth the gamble. That is typical of Jays' drafting strategy under third-year GM Alex Anthopoulos.
Dyson becomes the 24th pitcher to be placed on the Jays' active roster this year. He will be in uniform for Thursday's game against the Royals.