Kansas City Royals Countdown: Top 10 Outfielders

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ARLINGTON, TX – JULY 31: Jarrod Dyson
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9. Jarrod Dyson (2010-16, 12.8 WAR)

There are some surprising names on this list, but Jarrod Dyson has to be the most shocking. Nothing against Dyson, but it’s hard to believe someone who has never played more than 120 games in a season can vault into our top-10.

Dyson is clearly boosted by his 7.2 defensive WAR, which ranks eighth in franchise history. A member of the Kansas City Royals since the organization drafted him in 2006, Dyson landed in Seattle during the offseason in a trade for Nate Karns.

Never known for his ability at the plate, Dyson is a career .258 hitter. Remarkably—but maybe not surprisingly—he had more stolen bases than RBI in every season he played in Kansas City. Four times he stole 30-plus bases. He also has four career postseason steals.

With a better throwing arm than he was often given credit for, Dyson had 36 outfield assists in his seven seasons with the Kansas City Royals. In that same time frame, he made just 21 errors. He also had one of the best catches in franchise history:

Dyson will be remembered fondly for scoring the winning run in the Game 5 of the 2015 World Series. After a single by Salvador Perez, a pinch-running Dyson swiped second base. He moved to third on a groundout and came home on Christian Colon‘s single. The run helped send the Kansas City Royals to their second World Series title.

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