Once a party starter for the Royals, Dyson has been a valuable asset off the bench this season. The 36-year-old still can be productive on the field and at the plate and the Royals have certainly seen that this season.
One thing about Dyson is that whether he’s coming off the bench or starting, he will leave it all out on the field.
This season Dyson has appeared in 34 games and is batting .277 with 13 hits and seven runs scored. He’s not a power hitter, but he knows how to get on base and make things happen.
He also etched himself in the Royals record books. On May 20, 2021, he stole his 179th base as a Royal which put him past Frank White for fifth all-time.
Dyson may not play in as many games as he did earlier in his career but when his number is called, he makes sure he’s ready.
He had a really good ending to May, going 2-for-4 against the Minnesota Twins.
In a recent game, on June 12, he had a solid performance at the plate going 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base against the Oakland Athletics.
Dyson has been around the game for a while as he’s currently in his 12th year. He’s in his second stint with the Royals and can provide a lot of knowledge and experience to the younger players.
Dyson won his first and only World Series title with the Royals back in 2015. He played an important role on that team and he’s still playing an important role now.
With an injury to Andrew Benintendi, Dyson could see a lot more action on the field going forward.
Dyson has played with five different teams while spending most of his career with the Royals.
During the 2016 season, he had one of his best seasons statistically. He finished the season with a .278 batting average with 83 hits, 25 RBI, and 30 stolen bases.
This brother has put up impressive numbers numerous times throughout his career and even though he’s in his mid-30s, any team would benefit from having him in the lineup. He’s that teammate you would love to play with. The energy he displays is contagious, and he impacts whether he’s in the lineup or on the bench.
As the season progresses, look for the Royals to find more ways to utilize Dyson more.
At the end of the day, the MLBbro vet still has game.
Not only was he on fire at the plate in his Royals’ debut, but he got it done in the field as well. He threw out a runner at the plate to show that he can do it all.
That’s how you make an introduction to your new team right there.
The 2020 shortened season was not a pleasant one for Taylor as he finished with a .196 batting average in 38 games with the Washington Nationals.
So Taylor was on a mission when the 2021 season started. Not only did he want to have a better start than the previous year, but he was on a new team and wanted to show that he can make an impact on the Royals.
After that hot start to the season, Taylor cooled off at the plate. There was a period in April where he was hitless in four straight games, but quickly turned that around and went on a six-game hitting streak.
One thing Taylor knows how to do is put the bat on the ball and he can run too. Through 44 games, Taylor has four stolen bases and is Top 50 in the league in that category.
His style of play fits the Royals well. He’s a threat on the bases, can man the outfield and chase balls down, and he can hit, too.
Now the Royals are one of the top teams in the league when it comes to stealing bases. According to ESPN, through 48 games, the team has a total of 36 stolen bases, which is second in the league.
This team likes to run and Taylor fits right in. The most stolen bases Taylor had in a season were 24 and that came in 2018 during his tenure with the Nationals, which ended with Taylor being a huge contributor to a WS championship.
From 2015 to 2018, Taylor stole more than 13 bases each season. He started his career with the Nationals, who drafted him in the sixth round of the 2009 MLB draft.
Taylor actually started his career off as a middle infielder, but an injury transitioned him to the outfield, where he would make his new primary position.
After the end of the 2013 season, Taylor was added to the Nationals’ 40-man roster. At that time, he was ranked the fourth-best prospect in the Nationals’ organization by MLB Pipeline. He went on to make his MLB debut during the 2014 season.
His best season statistically came in 2017 when he hit .271 with 19 home runs and had a .486 slugging percentage.
Two seasons later, Taylor was a part of the Nationals when they won their first World Series title in franchise history.
Taylor is a winner and he’s looking to bring that winning mentality back to Kansas City, a team that won the World Series in 2015.
Lately, Taylor has seemed confident at the plate. From May 16 to May 22, he went on a five-game hitting streak. Currently, he’s hitting .263 with two home runs in his last seven games.
Taylor’s abilities can certainly help the Royals make a push for the postseason playing in the AL Central. He has a lot of experience and knows what it takes to win. So make sure you keep a close eye on Taylor this season.
The Arizona Diamondbacks find themselves at the bottom of the pack in a loaded NL West division. It’s going to be a battle for the Diamondbacks to make a strong push for the playoffs and they’ll need production from every player.
One player who is new to the team and trying to make a name for himself is Nick Heath. Heath is in his second year, though he did not play a full season in 2020. He’s looking to change that in 2021 and become a mainstay in the league.
The 27-year-old had a memorable performance in his Diamondbacks debut on April 18 against the Washington Nationals. Our MLB Bro was on fire at the plate, going 3-for-4 in that game.
Heath was filled with excitement after his productive performance.
“Being able to come out here and be yourself and know these guys are pulling for you even though you’re the new guy on the block, man that’s pretty awesome,” he said in an article from ArizonaSports.com.
The days leading up to his debut with the Diamondbacks were a complete rollercoaster. Going into the season, the outfielder was a member of the Kansas City Royals, but that didn’t last long.
He found out that the Royals designated him for assignment, removing him from the team. Here, you had a player unsure of what his future would look like and wondering what his next move would be.
Well, the Diamondbacks saw something in this brother and decided to pick him up.
“Showing up, I didn’t know what to expect,” Heath said in the article. “Didn’t know what role I was going to be in. … It’s kind of tough, these guys losing somebody they’ve been around for a while so the goal for me right now is to just step in and be able to fill in the role.”
Heath is still considered one of the young guys. He’s just getting his feet wet and his career has a lot of chapters to still complete.
After his breakout debut with Arizona, Heath’s bat went cold. Through 31 at-bats this season, he has only five hits, with three of them coming in the same game. But 31 bats is too small a sample size to judge right now. In fact, he’s only had 53 major league plate appearances in his lifetime.
The good thing about baseball is that it’s a long season and Heath has the potential to get out of this slump that he’s in. He’s currently batting .161 with an RBI.
The Royals drafted Heath in the 16th round of the MLB draft out of Northwestern State University. He spent five seasons in the minors before getting the call-up with the Royals in 2020.
He appeared in 15 games that season and recorded two hits. The journey to get to the big leagues is a tough one and Heath has put in the work to reach the big stage.
Now, it’s all about staying there. This season, he’s already spent some time with the AAA affiliate team, the Reno Aces. Our MLB bro will have multiple opportunities this season to make a name for himself and show why he belongs in the league.
Don’t sleep on our brother Heath, this guy is talented.
On Sunday the Los Angeles Angels announced that right fielder Dexter Fowler was officially lost for the season with a torn ACL. Initially, it was thought that Fowler sprained his knee after he fell awkwardly last Friday in a game against the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Angels have to be hoping that Jay can help hold down the fort as they deal with injuries across their outfield. Juan Lagares was placed on the 10-day DL, and Black Knight Justin Upton has been dealing with back stiffness.
He was thrust into action against the Kansas City Royals Tuesday night, going 1-for-4 in a 3-2 loss that dropped the Angels to 7-4.
Even when they have been healthy, Fowler, Lagares, and Upton had been struggling. The trio has combined for a .190 batting average, with only 12 hits in 63 at-bats, and produced just eight runs and six RBI with 19 strikeouts.
With that in mind and Jay’s limitations, the Angels may have to look deeper into their talent pool to keep their offense going.
Angels fans are already clamoring for Jo Adell. Adell filled in last season for Los Angeles but wasn’t ready for the big leagues just yet. His batting average hovered below .200 and more than 44 percent of his at-bats ended in strikeouts.
There were also moments like this, where Adell turned the momentum of games singlehandedly. If Real Deal Akil Baddoo can make the leap from Class A Ball to starting centerfielder for the Detroit Tigers, then Adell (who has a similar skillset) is ready to rock out as well.
In the first game of the @Angels' doubleheader, Jo Adell robbed a HR, hit a HR, and had the #walkoff hit.
This spring, manager Joe Maddon spoke highly of Adell’s development before sending him to AAA for more seasoning.
“I think he’s made a lot of progress actually,” Maddon said. “At the plate, his swing is so much shorter, his strides so much more under control. Because his foot is getting down sooner, the bat’s not moving around and wrapping as much. He looks so much better on defense, he’s been working really hard.”
The Angels haven’t been in a rush to promote Adell, their highest-rated prospect since Mike Trout, but his timetable may be accelerated if the club can’t get some consistent production from its bench.
“He just needs to play baseball,” Maddon said. “He needs nine innings of baseball on a consistent basis. He needs to take all the stuff he’s learned and put it into a game. That’s the next step for him. Because I have a lot of faith in him and I like what he’s doing. He needs to play and doesn’t need to be on anybody’s bench right now.”
Keep an eye out, because Jo Adell could be getting those innings very soon. The Angels have nothing to lose and everything to gain.