Arizona Diamondbacks: Jarrod Dyson could be a nice addition

By Joseph Jacquez
Jarrod Dyson Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports
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Elite Defense

Dyson might have begun the 2016 season as the Royals fourth outfielder, but according to bWAR, he was Ned Yost‘s best position player.

In 107 games, Dyson contributed 3.1 wins to his team, with a 1.1 oWAR and a 2.0 dWAR.  Primary centerfielder Lorenzo Cain battled hamstring and wrist injuries, and Dyson played four more games.

Last year, Dyson started 83 games in the outfield, including 50 in center. The 32-year-old native of McComb, Mississippi, started 12 and 21 games in left- and right-field respectively.

If A.J. Pollock stays healthy, the Diamondbacks have their everyday centerfielder. Therefore,  Dyson would see playing time in the corners. Dyson has an elite arm and range that plays at all three positions.

Overall, in 758.2 innings, Dyson committed two errors (one in center and one in left) with 196 putouts, 11 assists, and a gaudy .990 fielding percentage.

In 2016, among outfielders with a minimum of 750 innings played, Dyson’s 19 DRS ranked sixth, and his 16.7 UZR ranked fifth. Three of the players ahead of him: Mookie Betts, Kevin Pillar, and Adam Eaton, all played significantly more innings.