With the recent shuffling in the Indianapolis pitching staff, Adrian Sampson has been promoted to Triple-A from Altoona.
Sampson, who posted a 2.55 ERA with the Curve this season, will join the Indianapolis rotation this week. In 24 starts, Sampson had 99 strikeouts and 30 walks, while allowing 125 hits.
The 22-year-old Sampson has reached Triple-A in just his third professional season after starting out in Low-A after the Pirates made him a fifth round pick in 2012.
Sampson struggled a bit in 2013 with Bradenton, allowing 177 hits in 140 innings and having a 5.14 ERA. However, he has enjoyed a nice bounce back this season.
UPDATE FROM TIM: Sampson has been the breakout pitcher of the year in the Pirates' minor league system this season. A big reason for his success this year was due to improvements with his changeup. That was also a big reason for his struggles in Bradenton last year, since he spent most of the season working on improving the pitch. Sampson now has a three...
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