Jarrod Martel Dyson...Has one son; Jarrod, Jr. (8/13/06)...Is a 2004 graduate of McComb (MS) High School...Played two seasons (2005-06) at Southwest Mississippi Junior College, where he equaled the program record with seven triples and set a then-program record with 47 runs in his final season...The city of McComb, MS, renamed a street "Dyson Drive" in his honor in January 2016...Has the names of loved ones that have passed away since he started playing professional baseball stitched on the fingers of his glove.
Recorded at least 30 stolen bases for the fifth time in his career while spending entire season with Arizona...Established career highs in games, runs, hits, home runs and walks...Ranked second in the National League with an 88.2 stolen base percentage rate (30-for-34) behind Milwaukee's Christian Yelich (93.8 percent)...His 30 stolen bases were also tied with Yelich for third in the N.L., trailing only Atlanta's Ronald Acuna Jr. (37) and Washington's Trea Turner (35)...Became the sixth different player (seventh time) in Diamondbacks history to steal 30-plus bases in a season, joining Tony Womack in 1999 (72) and 2000 (45), Eric Byrnes in 2007 (50), A.J. Pollock in 2015 (39), Jean Segura in 2016 (33) and Paul Goldschmidt in 2016 (32)...Tied Elvis Andrus, Dee Gordon and Starling Marte for the most 20-plus stolen bases seasons (seven) since 2012...Made 103 appearances (61 starts) in center field, 21 appearances (18 starts) in right and 16 appearances (12 starts) in left field...Connected off Kenta Maeda for first career leadoff home run on 3/30 at Los Angeles (NL); became the fifth Arizona player (sixth time ever) to homer on the first pitch of the game when he did so on 3/30...Also hit leadoff homers on 6/10 at Philadelphia and 8/13 at Colorado... Hit a pinch-hit, walkoff home run on 4/9 vs. Texas; the second walkoff of his career (also a fielders choice on 7/3/15 vs. Minnesota).
Was limited to just 67 games in his first season with Arizona, hitting .189 with 4 doubles, 2 triples, 2 home runs, 12 RBI and 16 stolen bases... Played 41 games in center field (38 starts), 18 in right (14) and 6 in left (4)...Suffered a strained right groin on July 4 and was placed on the 10-day disabled list the following day…played in 2 rehab games with Triple-A Reno on Aug. 31 and Sept. 2 before being transferred to the 60-day disabled list on Sept. 6...Underwent surgery on Sept. 21 to repair a torn right adductor (performed by Dr. William Meyers in Philadelphia).
Set career-highs in home runs (5), RBI (30) and total bases (121) during his lone season with Seattle...Missed the final 26 games of the season with a sport hernia/core muscle injury...underwent season-ending surgery on Sept. 14...Ranked seventh in the AL with 28 stolen bases and tied for 11th in stolen base pct. (80.0)...Tied for seventh among all outfielders in defensive runs saved (15)...led the Majors with 6 double-plays turned as an outfielder...Acquired by the Mariners on Jan. 6 for RHP Nathan Karns.
Totals - Hit .278 (83x299) with 46 runs, 14 doubles, 8 triples, 1 home run, 25 RBI and 30 stolen bases in 107 games with Kansas City...Speed Racer - Tallied at least 30 stolen bases for the 4th time in the last 5 seasons (2012-16)…is one of 5 players to record 30 or more seasons in at least 4 of the last 5 seasons... Take Me to Your Leader - T2nd in
A.L. (also: Jose Altuve & Mike Trout) in stolen bases with 30...For Starters - Hit .311 (32x103) from the leadoff spot, 4th-best in the AL (min. 100 AB)... Drive 'Em In - With runners in scoring position, posted a .311/.411/.525 triple slash…his .311 (19x61) average with RISP ranked 2nd on the Royals (min. 60 AB with RISP)... Highs - Career highs in at-bats (299), hits (83), doubles (14), triples 8), RBI (25) and average (.278)...On a Roll - Hit safely in a career-best 10 consecutive games, Sept. 2-17, batting .372 (16x43) with 10 runs, 1 double, 1 triple, 3 RBI and 5 stolen bases...Speed Kills - Stolen base in a career-high 5 straight games (7 steals), Aug. 26-Sept. 2...Grand Salami Time - Hit his first career grand slam home run on July 18 in the 8th inning off Cleveland's Jeff Manship…went 2-for-3 with 1 run, 1 triple, 1 home run, 4 RBI and 1 walk…marked a career-high with 4 RBI…became the 2nd Royals player in club history with a triple and a grand slam in the same game (also: Carlos Beltran: 8/22/01 vs. CWS)... Leaderboard - Recorded his 165th career stolen base in the top of the 1st on Aug. 26 at Boston, surpassing Carlos Beltran for the 6th-most steals in Royals franchise history...DL Stint - Began season on 15-day disabled list through April 19 with a right oblique strain…in 7 rehab games with AAA Omaha, hit .318 (7x22) with 7 runs, 1 RBI and 4 steals.
Batted .250 with a career-high six triples and 31 runs scored, appearing in 90 games... He recorded 26 stolen bases, which tied for third in the American League with Oakland's Billy Burns...over the past four seasons, Dyson's 126 steals are tied with Jacoby Ellsbury and Billy Hamilton for sixth-most in the Majors...Batted .318 (14-for-44) with five doubles, a triple and seven runs scored vs. A.L. West foes...also hit .333 (8-for-24) with a triple and five steals in Interleague games...Hit .417 (10-for-24) with four doubles and a triple during the month of June...also hit .323 (10-for-31) in August... Collected just 18 RBI, but had nine of them in the seventh inning or later... Matched a career high with three hits three times...most recently went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI vs. the Angels on August 15, his birthday.
Jarrod got off to a fast start and had a hot month of August, but struggled down the stretch...He finished the year hitting .269 with 4 doubles, 4 triples and a career-high 36 stolen bases...His 36 steals tied for third in the American League with Detroit's Rajai Davis...His total was the most by a Royals player since Carlos Beltran swiped 41 bags during the 2003 season...Led the Majors with 22 stolen bases from the seventh inning on; it was the highest total since 2009, when Carl Crawford also had 22 steals after the sixth...The total also ranks second in Royals history to Willie Wilson (24 in 1978)...Enters 2015 tied with U.L. Washington for ninth in club history with his 120 career thefts...Recorded his 120th steal on September 22 during the completion of a suspended game against the Indians...Ranked third in the American League with eight bunt hits...He also tied for 14th in the league with 22 infield knocks...Batted .302 (35-for-116) with a .382 on-base percentage in 56 road games...he was also 10-for-22 (.455) in 15 Interleague contests...Hit .343 (12-for-35) in April, while he posted a career-best .354 average (17-for-48) during the month of August...However, he cooled off in September, batting just .121 (4-for-33)...He had four three-hit games, including September 20 vs. Detroit...Set a career high with 3 stolen bases against the Giants on August 10, matched it on September 2 vs. Texas...Matched his own team record, collecting 10 outfield putouts on August 10 vs. San Francisco...It marked the fourth time a Royals outfielder has recorded 10 putouts in a game, previously done by Amos Otis on May 1, 1970 (vs. Texas), Carlos Beltran, September 17, 1998 (at the White Sox) and Dyson, September 27, 2010 vs. Minnesota...Tied for the American League lead in zone rating (.953), matching Oakland's Josh Reddick
Jarrod made his first Opening Day roster and played 87 games for the Royals...missed 34 games from May 17 to June 22 with a right ankle sprain after climbing the wall at Los Angeles-AL... Stole 34 bases, which ranked seventh in the American League...became the first Royal to record 30-plus steals in back-to-back seasons since Carlos Beltran did it in three-straight years (2001-03)...swiped 22 bags after theAll-Star break, which were third-most in the league... Tied for second in the league with 10 bunt hits...batted .308 (32-for-104) at home and .318 (28-for-88) in day games... Slugged first homer of the year with a three-run shot off the Yankees' Phil Hughes on May 10... Matched a career-high with three hits vs. Oakland on July 6, which included driving in the go-ahead run with an infield hit in the eighth inning
Jarrod opened the year in Omaha (AAA), but played a majority of the season in Kansas City...missed time in thefinal few weeks of the season with a strained right lat muscle...Swiped 30 steals in 35 attempts, ninth in A.L... he and Alcides Escobar(35) were first Royals twosome with 30+ stealsin the same year since Willie Wilson (43) and Lonnie Smith (40) put together a 40/40 year for the 1985 World Champs.
Jarrod opened the season with the Royals as an extra outfielder and served mostly as a late-inning pinch runner and defensive replacement. ... His 11 steals were the most in the Majors among players who appeared in less than 30 games. ... He pinch ran in the eighth on April 30, stole a base and scored a run ... he then came up later in the frame, singled and scored another run ... became the 20th Royal in history to score 2 runs with just 1 plate appearance and the third to do it in the same inning (Bobby Floyd, 9/22/71 & Joe Simpson, 8/16/83).
Jarrod got his first taste of big league action in September...he missed a majority of the first half of the season witha lat injury followed by a high ankle sprain...Was recalled on September 6 from Omaha (AAA) and recorded his first Major League hit with a double onSeptember 13 vs. Oakland...Hit his first career home run on September 27 vs. Minnesota...also tied a KC record that night with 10 putouts byan outfielder (3rd time in a 9-inning contest) in the game.
Opened the season with Burlington (A) before being promoted to NW Arkansas in late June...despite playing in only 63 games for the Naturals, his 37 stolen bases were fourth in the Texas League. ... Appeared in 16 games for the Surprise Rafters in the Arizona Fall League, batting .310 (22-for-71) with two stolen bases, appearing almost exclusively in center field. ... Was added to the Royals' 40-man Major League roster on November 20...Was honored at the Royals' Awards Night in January, 2010 as the Willie Wilson Baserunner of the YearAward. ... Entering 2010 rated by Baseball America as being the Fastest Baserunner in the Royals organization.
Played 93 games with Wilmington in the Carolina League ... placed second in the league with 39 thefts in 2008.