When the Padres acquired Shawn Kelley from the Yankees, they had to make room on the 40-man roster. The Padres decided to take former top pitching prospect, Keyvius Sampson, off the 40-man roster and try to sneak him through waivers. The Cincinnati Reds had other ideas and decided to claim him and add him to their roster.
Sampson was the ninth-rated prospect in the Padres system before last season according to Baseball America. Sampson pitched well in Double-A back in 2013, going 10-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 19 games. When he reached Triple-A, it all went wrong.
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Sampson went 2-3 with a 7.11 ERA in nine starts when he got promoted. He stayed in Triple-A El Paso all of last season and didn’t fare much better, even being removed from the rotation.
He started in 14 of his 38 games and went 2-5 with a 6.68 ERA. In 91.2 innings, he gave up 91 hits, walked 68 and allowed 73 runs. On the positive side, he struck out 94 batters during that time.
Sampson just turned 24 this past Tuesday, so maybe a new organization and a new philosophy will be helpful to Sampson.