Dyson Inching His Way Back

Right-hander Sam Dyson signed with the Blue Jays in August 2010, but hasn't seen in-game action throughout his time with the organization. The fourth round pick in last year's First-Year Player Draft was sidelined following Tommy John Surgery in mid-October. After seven and a half months of rehabbing, Dyson finally got back on a mound last week.

"I've just been trying to build my body back up to get ready for the load of getting off the mound," Sam Dyson said.

Dyson, who helped the University of South Carolina Gamecocks win the 2010 Division I NCAA National Championships, described the rehab routine he had been maintaining while in Dunedin during Extending Spring Training.

"It's just long," he said. "It's a very monotonous thing, same thing every day – get here early, start working out, rehabbing and then go out to the field, do what you have to do and kind of watch the other guys go through the motions and get all their work done."

Given the surgery and long rehab process, Dyson, 23, can't be certain as to what his repertoire will be when he fully returns to action. Before the injury, however, Dyson had remarkable stuff. He featured a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a two-seamer that was a couple miles slower, along with a mid-80s slider, low 80s changeup and a curveball which he estimated to be 78-82 MPH.

Gulf Coach League Pitching Coach John Wesley, who worked with the players in Dunedin for Extended, hasn't gotten a chance to see Dyson pitch in person due to the timing of the injury. From seeing him pitch on television in the past as well as practicing in person, though, Wesley is impressed.

"When I had him here for the two weeks, he was just playing catch, but when you watch this guy throw the ball, it's impressive," said Wesley. "It's easy, it's effortless, it sounds like a freight train, and he's rehabbing. It's gonna be really interesting to see. I think he has a chance to have an outstanding power arm."

Wesley said that once Dyson does get back to pitching off a mound routinely, he will most likely feature a lot of fastballs and changeups just to get him back into the swing of things.

Both Dyson and Wesley confirmed that it likely won't be until the upcoming Instructional League when the righty can get into a game again. That leaves three more months of rehabbing, but as it stands currently, Wesley is encouraged by Dyson's progress.

"I had Tommy John- I wish my arm came back as fast as his did," Coach Wesley joked. "Watching him play catch, you wouldn't even know he had surgery. It's not like how it was 10, 15 years ago. Now there's a set program. You follow it, and you're ready to go."

Once he is back healthy, the first aspect of Blue Jays' baseball that Dyson will be learning is the organization's pitching philosophy.

"Pounding down is our philosophy, which means throwing your fastball in a downward angle to the bottom half of the zone so the hitters only see the top of the ball. That's the name of the game for us.

"If we can do that, then we can move on to other things," Wesley stated. "Everyone we get, we have to teach them the philosophy and have them gain trust in it, believe in it and then let them run with it"

"Arm strength is pretty much the only thing I can work on right now," he said. "I'd like to refine some pitching stuff once I get off the mound and just work to become a better pitcher overall."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I've just been trying to build my body back up to get ready for the load of getting off the mound,\" Sam Dyson said.
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\r\nDyson, who helped the University of South Carolina Gamecocks win the 2010 Division I NCAA National Championships, described the rehab routine he had been maintaining while in Dunedin during Extending Spring Training.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's just long,\" he said. \"It's a very monotonous thing, same thing every day – get here early, start working out, rehabbing and then go out to the field, do what you have to do and kind of watch the other guys go through the motions and get all their work done.\"
\r\n
\r\nGiven the surgery and long rehab process, Dyson, 23, can't be certain as to what his repertoire will be when he fully returns to action. Before the injury, however, Dyson had remarkable stuff. He featured a mid-90s four-seam fastball, a two-seamer that was a couple miles slower, along with a mid-80s slider, low 80s changeup and a curveball which he estimated to be 78-82 MPH.
\r\n
\r\nGulf Coach League Pitching Coach John Wesley, who worked with the players in Dunedin for Extended, hasn't gotten a chance to see Dyson pitch in person due to the timing of the injury. From seeing him pitch on television in the past as well as practicing in person, though, Wesley is impressed.
\r\n
\r\n\"When I had him here for the two weeks, he was just playing catch, but when you watch this guy throw the ball, it's impressive,\" said Wesley. \"It's easy, it's effortless, it sounds like a freight train, and he's rehabbing. It's gonna be really interesting to see. I think he has a chance to have an outstanding power arm.\"
\r\n
\r\nWesley said that once Dyson does get back to pitching off a mound routinely, he will most likely feature a lot of fastballs and changeups just to get him back into the swing of things.
\r\n
\r\nBoth Dyson and Wesley confirmed that it likely won't be until the upcoming Instructional League when the righty can get into a game again. That leaves three more months of rehabbing, but as it stands currently, Wesley is encouraged by Dyson's progress.
\r\n
\r\n\"I had Tommy John- I wish my arm came back as fast as his did,\" Coach Wesley joked. \"Watching him play catch, you wouldn't even know he had surgery. It's not like how it was 10, 15 years ago. Now there's a set program. You follow it, and you're ready to go.\"
\r\n
\r\nOnce he is back healthy, the first aspect of Blue Jays' baseball that Dyson will be learning is the organization's pitching philosophy.
\r\n
\r\n\"Pounding down is our philosophy, which means throwing your fastball in a downward angle to the bottom half of the zone so the hitters only see the top of the ball. That's the name of the game for us.
\r\n
\r\n\"If we can do that, then we can move on to other things,\" Wesley stated. \"Everyone we get, we have to teach them the philosophy and have them gain trust in it, believe in it and then let them run with it\"
\r\n\r\n
\r\n\"Arm strength is pretty much the only thing I can work on right now,\" he said. \"I'd like to refine some pitching stuff once I get off the mound and just work to become a better pitcher overall.\"
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