Mariners Select RHP Adrian Sampson from AAA Tacoma

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Left-handed pitcher David Rollins optioned to AAA Tacoma

BOSTON, Mass. – Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced the following roster moves prior to today’s (1:05 pm PT) game at the Boston Red Sox:

 

·         Right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson selected from AAA Tacoma.

·         Left-handed pitcher David Rollins optioned to AAA Tacoma (post-game June 17).

 

Sampson (#25) is scheduled to be the starting pitcher in today’s (1:05 pm PT) game at Boston. Sampson will be making his Major League debut.

Seattle’s Major League, 40-man roster, is now full at 40.

Sampson, 24, is 7-4 with a 3.25 ERA (29 ER, 80.1 IP) in 13 starts with AAA Tacoma this season. Sampson has struck out 61 while walking just 12. In 5 home starts this season, Sampson is 3-0 with a 1.13 ERA (4 ER, 32.0 IP) with 24 strikeouts and 5 walks while allowing just 1 home run. Sampson has recorded 9 quality starts, including 3 outings of 7.0 or more innings pitched and 1 or fewer earned runs allowed.

In parts of 5 minor league seasons, Sampson is 33-31 with a 4.01 ERA (264 ER, 592.2 IP) with 422 strikeouts in 105 games, including 102 starts. Sampson was selected by the Marlins in the 16th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign. Sampson was selected in the 5th round of the 2012 draft and signed with Pittsburgh. Seattle acquired Sampson from the Pirates for LHP J.A. Happ on July 31, 2015. Sampson was born in Redmond, WA and raised in Issaquah, WA. He graduated from Skyline High School in Sammamish, WA and attended Bellevue Community College in Bellevue, WA.

Rollins, 26, appeared in one game, last night, and tossed 1.1 shutout innings after being recalled from AAA Tacoma on June 17 before the game. Prior to being recalled, Rollins was 2-0 with a 2.36 ERA (7 ER, 26.2 IP) with 22 strikeouts and 0 walks in 22 games with Tacoma this season, all in relief. In 10 road appearances with Tacoma this season, Rollins was 1-0 with a 0.84 ERA (1 ER, 10.2 IP). Overall, he allowed earned runs in just 5 of his 22 appearances with Tacoma, and has allowed more than 1 run just once.

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