Dyson an unorthodox success story

Jarrod Dyson, OF, Royals
Hometown: McComb, Miss.

Dyson comes from humble beginnings. He grew up in a rough part of McComb, an area of the city he referred to as the Bricks.

"We called it the Bricks because it was tough, man. It was like almost a trap to come out of," Dyson said. "You've got to be strong-minded to come out of a place like that with drugs involved and a lot of bad stuff going on around the neighborhood."

He did come out of it, moving on from McComb High School to Southwest Mississippi College, where he eventually became the first Bear to reach the Majors.

But his path to the big leagues was unorthodox, to say the least.

Kansas City grabbed him in the 50th round of the 2006 First-Year Player Draft. On Sept. 7, 2010, he became the first Royals 50th-round pick, and only the seventh 50th-round pick in MLB history, to reach the show.

Jackson Alexander is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.