- Full name Brandon James Lyon
- Born 08/10/1979 in Salt Lake City, UT
- Profile Ht.: 6'1" / Wt.: 200 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Dixie State
- Debut 08/04/2001
Drafted in the 14th round (433rd overall) by the Toronto Blue Jays in 1999.
View Draft ReportRHP Brandon Lyon bounced back after missing the 1998 season when he tore shoulder ligaments in a snow-boarding accident. He used four pitches, including a 90-91-mph fastball and hard slider to compile a 12-2, 2.59 record. He surged to the top of a solid list of Utah junior-college prospects.
Organization Prospect Rankings
Lyon signed as a draft-and-follow just prior to the 2000 draft, where he projected as a fourth- to eighth-round pick and ranked as the No. 2 prospect in Utah. He overmatched hitters during the spring at Dixie Junior College, and his numbers for his first pro season raised eyebrows. Lyons has above-average command of four pitches, including an 89-91 mph fastball. He also throws a changeup, slider and curveball, and he knows when and where to use them well for his age and stage of development. Lyon didn't give up a walk in his final 28 innings of the season before being shut down because he was close to 200 innings for the year, including juco time. Some teams were scared off after Lyon broke his right arm in a snowboarding accident. Lyon had a pin inserted into his arm to stabilize it and has had no problems.