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LA Angels Draft Preview: Three Pitchers the Halos Should Target in the First Round

By Vincent Page
OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27: Pitcher Tyler Dyson #18 of the Florida Gators delivers a pitch against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 27, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NE - JUNE 27: Pitcher Tyler Dyson #18 of the Florida Gators delivers a pitch against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 27, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /
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OMAHA, NE – JUNE 27: Pitcher Tyler Dyson #18 of the Florida Gators delivers a pitch against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 27, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)
OMAHA, NE – JUNE 27: Pitcher Tyler Dyson #18 of the Florida Gators delivers a pitch against the LSU Tigers in the first inning during game two of the College World Series Championship Series on June 27, 2017 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images) /

Tyler Dyson, RHP

Over the past half decade or so, no college program has produced more first round pitchers than the University of Florida. Junior pitcher Tyler Dyson is now slated to be among the long list of successful former Gators in the MLB.

After a phenomenal freshman season where he posted a 3.23 ERA in 24 appearances and led the Gators to a national championship, Dyson’s sophomore year was tainted by injury. His numbers all saw a downward trend, but after a full recovery Dyson is well on his way to regaining his status as a surefire first round prospect.

Dyson spent his summer in the Cape Cod League, where he made three starts. Fully recovered from injury, Dyson threw 19 total innings where he allowed five runs (2.36 ERA) while striking out an impressive 23 batters. He did allow 12 hits, which might be more than you’d hope for, but it was an overall encouraging few starts for Dyson.

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In terms of his pitching selection, Dyson has two exceptional pitches. His fastball screams power, and can touch 98 MPH consistently. His most devastating pitch is his slider though, which has come a long way and has the potential to be Gerrit Cole-esque.

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