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Sam Dyson's rise

Updated: February 22, 2010, 1:08 PM ET
By Jason A. Churchill
Last spring, South Carolina's Sam Dyson was a potential first-round pick thanks to plus velocity. The problem -- and the reason he ultimately became a 10th rounder -- is the lack of a consistent breaking ball and the control and command issues he displayed all spring.

But if his first outing of 2010 is any indication, Dyson could sneak into the top 50 or better. The right-hander tossed 3.2 near-perfect innings Saturday, striking out six and allowing just one baserunner -- the lone walk he issued. Better yet, Dyson needed just 48 pitches to get 11 outs. In 2009, he often ran high pitch counts that would lead to his premature departure from games.

He could project as a reliever in pro ball, but more efforts like Saturday's in terms of attacking the strike zone and Dyson's draft stock could soar.

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