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Keyvius N. Sampson (born January 6, 1991) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the San Francisco Giants organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Cincinnati Reds and the KBO League for the Hanwha Eagles.

Keyvius Sampson
San Francisco Giants
Born: (1991-01-06) January 6, 1991 (age 28)
Ocala, Florida
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: July 30, 2015, for the Cincinnati Reds
KBO: March 24, 2018, for the Hanwha Eagles
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Win–loss record2–7
Earned run average5.60
KBO statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record13–8
Earned run average4.68
Career highlights and awards
  • KBO strikeout leader 2018



San Diego PadresEdit

Sampson was drafted by the San Diego Padres in the fourth round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft.[1] In 2010, he went 12–3 with a 2.90 earned run average and 143 strikeouts in 118 innings pitched. He started the 2013 with the Triple-A Tucson Padres but was demoted to Double-A San Antonio Missions after posting an 8.03 ERA.[2] He was promoted back to Triple-A on August 7, 2013 after going 10–4 with a 2.26 ERA in Double-A.[3][4] He was added to the Padres 40-man roster on November 20, 2013.[5] Sampson was designated for assignment on December 29, 2014.[6]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On January 8, 2015, he was claimed off waivers by the Cincinnati Reds.[7] The Reds promoted Sampson to the major leagues on July 30.[8] He was designated for assignment on April 20, 2016, when they called up Drew Hayes. Sampsons Contract was Purchased by the Reds, when the Reds placed Homer Bailey on the 60 Day DL May 18, 2016. On November 28, 2016, Sampson was designated for assignment.[9] He was non-tendered on December 2.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On December 17, 2016, Sampson signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks that included an invitation to spring training.[10] He was released on June 15, 2017.

Texas RangersEdit

On June 16, 2017, Sampson signed a minor league deal with the Texas Rangers. He was released the next day.

Miami MarlinsEdit

On June 26, 2017, Sampson signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins. He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Hanwha EaglesEdit

On November 13, 2017, Sampson signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO League.[11] He became a free agent following the 2018 season.

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On January 5, 2019, Sampson signed a minor league deal with the San Francisco Giants.[12]


  1. ^ "High-school pitcher excites Padres". Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  2. ^ "Demotion triggered gains for Sampson". July 22, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Beck, Ted. "Forest alum Sampson promoted to Triple-A". Retrieved March 25, 2014.
  4. ^ "Padres promote prospect Sampson to Triple-A". Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  5. ^ "Padres make several roster moves to set winter 40-man roster". November 20, 2013. Retrieved December 16, 2013.
  6. ^ "Padres get Kelley from Yankees for Barbato". Associated Press. December 29, 2014. Retrieved December 30, 2014.
  7. ^ "Reds Claim Keyvius Sampson From Padres". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved April 9, 2015.
  8. ^ Cincinnati Reds [@Reds] (30 July 2015). "Recall LHP David Holmberg, option to Pensacola C Kyle Skipworth, disable RHP Nate Adcock (right elbow), recall RHP Keyvius Sampson" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  9. ^ Adams, Steve (November 28, 2016). "Reds Claim Juan Graterol, Gabriel Guerrero Off Waivers". Retrieved November 28, 2016.
  10. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (December 17, 2016). "Diamondbacks Sign Keyvius Sampson To Minor League Deal". Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  11. ^ Adams, Steve (November 13, 2017). "Keyvius Sampson Signs With KBO's Hanwha Eagles". Retrieved November 13, 2017.
  12. ^ Eddy, Matt (January 12, 2019). "Minor League Transactions: Dec 19 - Jan 10". Baseball America. Retrieved January 12, 2019.

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