ADRIAN SAMPSON
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: October 7, 1991
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 5th Round, 166th Overall, 2012
How Acquired: Draft
College: Bellevue CC (WA)
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Sampson had a commitment to Oregon as a high school senior, but had Tommy John surgery and chose to go to junior college.  He did well in his first year there, but didn’t sign with the Marlins after being drafted in the 16th round.  He had an even stronger sophomore season at Bellevue.  His fastball sits in the low 90s sometimes and 87-91 others, and he’s gotten up to 94.  His out pitch is a curve and his change is progressing, and he has above-average command.  Baseball America ranked him 84th overall among draft prospects.  He again was committed to Oregon, but he signed soon after the draft.

2012
A-:  0-1-0, 2.95 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 42.2 IP, 3.6 BB/9, 9.3 K/9

Sampson pitched mostly in the State College rotation once he was ready to go.  The Pirates kept him on low pitch counts initially, but he eventually worked his way up to five innings in a few starts.  His fastball sat in the 90-94 range and he struck out over a batter an inning.  He had a few outings in which he struggled with his command, but overall had a good debut.

2013
A+:  5-8-0, 5.14 ERA, 1.42 WHIP, 140.0 IP, 1.4 BB/9, 5.5 K/9

In an aggressive move, the Pirates put Sampson in the Bradenton rotation to start the 2013 season.  It turned out to be a little too aggressive.  Sampson got off to a very bad start and had a 6.46 ERA by the end of May.  He had some good stretches after that, resulting in ERAs of 3.69 and 3.58 in June and August, but was never effective over a long stretch.  He walked very few, but didn’t miss many bats and allowed opponents to hit .310.  He also had moderate problems with gopher balls, allowing 18.

Despite his 2013 struggles, the Pirates will promote Sampson aggressively again in 2014, and he’ll start the season in the Altoona rotation.  For a pitcher drafted out of JC ball, going to high A for his first full year is unusual, and he’ll play 2014 at age 22, so it’s too soon to draw any conclusions about him.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NJCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2011 6-2-0 10 9 62.2 40 15 82 0.88 .176 1.87
2012 11-0-0 13 12 79.1 47 27 107 0.93 1.36
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2014: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $250,000
MiLB Debut:
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2015
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 16th round, 493rd overall pick.
June 5, 2012:
Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round, 166th overall pick; signed on June 18.