Kansas City Royals Week Three Review: Who’s Hot, Who’s Not

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3. Jarrod Dyson

When Alex Rios was injured, it was supposed to be an opportunity for Jarrod Dyson to step in to a more prominent role for the Kansas City Royals. Instead, Dyson has struggled in the time he has had, showing that he may be better suited to that fourth outfielder/defensive replacement/pinch runner role that he has been in over the past few seasons.

Last week, Dyson was 0-6 with a strikeout. He did score two runs, but his overall struggles at the start of the season continued. At this point, while Dyson and Paulo Orlando are still nominally part of a platoon, Orlando’s hot play has made him a virtually every day player at this point.

This does not take away from what Jarrod Dyson does. He is a nice defensive substitute and the type of player that a team would like to have on their roster. His speed can change games, even if he makes an appearance strictly as a pinch runner. However, Dyson’s slow start may be pushing him out of playing time.

Jarrod Dyson had a chance to prove that he could be a starting caliber player. Instead, he may have lost his role as the fourth outfielder.

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