SAGNOF is gonna be something in the blink they’re going to call this MLB season. I was tempted to write up a Billy Hamilton dart throw, and, if this delay lasts until August, I may just do that. I’m not one hundred percent sure what to do with fantasy baseball strategy for a 50-game season, but that could be the fun. What do we punt? What do we focus on? Still hoping for a 70-game season, but that might be deliriously optimistic at this point. Do we throw steals and saves out the window completely and focus on homers? Okay, but someone is going to Tuffy Rhodes up in here, have a 14-homer August, and we’re gonna see something like, “Jesus Aguilar leads the majors in homers.” Steals might actually be the most predictable stat this year, which brings me to Jarrod Dyson. If a guy can steal 20 bags in 60 games, that doesn’t just go away. Whereas someone who can hit 20 homers in 60 games could get ice cold and end up with a five-homer season. Shizz is gonna be weird this year. I’ve come to peace with what will be an absurd season. We play fantasy baseball for fun and as a distraction, after all, and what’s more fun and distracting than seeing Kurt Suzuki in the hunt for a batting title or something similarly goofy? “Bring on the madness,” is what I mumble through my pandemic mask. So, what can we expect from Jarrod Dyson for 2020 fantasy baseball and what makes him a great dart throw?
In only 68 1st half games last year, Jarrod Dyson hit five homers and .257 with 20 steals. Welp, I’m sold. Incredibly, he was only caught twice. Dyson gets on his gallop and *vroom, vroom* You might be thinking, “But, Grey, you’re handsome and amazingly smart, but Dyson is old as dirt.” Yeah, I hear ya. He’s 35 and will turn 36 in August (around the time the season will start with how we’re going). That’s fair, but Dyson was as fast as Bo Bichette and George Springer last year for Sprint Speed (28.4). For first five feet, he was the third fastest player in the majors, which is a bit goofy, but, for sprints up to 60 feet, he was the 2nd fastest in the majors, behind only Mondesi (Adalberto was 1st for first five feet too). Dyson then only drops to 6th fastest in the majors for 90-feet sprints, right behind Trea Turner and in front of Garrett Hampson. Dyson might be old, but he’s also extremely quick, and you know what old and fast makes me think of? Well, besides Rajai Davis, it reminds me that in a 50-game season, Dyson is going to start fast and have no time to tire. Someone bizarre is going to lead the majors in homers, RBIs, runs, batting average and every pitching category, but steals…Well, steals might be the easiest to predict. Leading the majors in steals will be Adalberto Mondesi. But Dyson might be a close second, and a great dart throw.