Acquired: Via trade from the Pirates on July 31, 2015 in exchange for LHP J.A. Happ (SEA). Originally drafted in the fifth round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (PIT).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|CURRENT SEASON STATS: 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA in 13 starts at Tacoma (Triple-A) striking out 61 batters while walking 12 in 80.1 IP and allowing 81 hits.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Tacoma June 18 when LHP David Rollins was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 6/18/2016
|June 18, in a 6-2 loss to the Boston Red Sox. The starting pitcher, he allowed four runs, all earned, on eight hits over 4.2 IP, walking one and striking out two. The first batter he faced, Mookie Betts, singled to center field before being erased when Dustin Pedroia grounded into a double play. After Xander Bogaerts and David Ortiz followed with back-to-back singles, Hanley Ramirez popped out to keep the Sox scoreless. They would not get on the board until the fourth inning when Jackie Bradley, Jr., delivered a solo homer to center field. In the fifth, Chris Young and Christian Vazquez started the rally with back-to-back singles and Betts followed with an RBI single. Though Pedroia grounded into yet another double play, allowing Vazquez to score from third. Bogaerts then homered to left field, marking the end of Sampson’s night when Mike Montgomery came on in relief.|
|With Sampson’s promotion and debut, he becomes just the sixth native Washingtonian to start a game for the Mariners, who were no doubt happy to be able to trade for the local hero. Sampson enjoyed his high school career at Skyline High School in Sammamish before playing college ball at Bellevue Community College. After beginning his career in relief, he was quickly moved to a starting role where he became known as a reliable innings-eater, throwing more than 140 innings in each of his first three full seasons. In 2015, between Indianapolis (Triple-A/Pirates) and Tacoma he combined to go 10-12 with a 4.76 ERA in 28 starts, striking out 123 while walking 37 and allowing 197 hits in 162 2/3 innings. In 2014, between Altoona (Double-A/Pirates) and Indianapolis, he was 11-6 with a 2.96 ERA in 28 starts, fanning 109 and walking 37 while giving up 154 hits in 167 innings.|