Why Has Adrian Sampson Been Struggling Lately?

Why Has Adrian Sampson Been Struggling Lately?

After starting the season like a house of fire, Adrian Sampson appears to have hit the wall in June and into July.

The velocity is still where he has been all season long, in the 91 to 93 range with the fastball, but location is where Sampson has really struggled over the past month. One National League scout who saw Sampson pitch recently echoed exactly this.

“[Sampson] got up way too much,” the scout said. “Everything is good [with his stuff], but nothing looked great. He just can’t stay up that way.”

Along with this, the scout also pointed out that Sampson’s slider stayed flat a bit too much at times.

”Some of the sliders were good and sharp,” he said. “Others just did not get the same movement.”

While the scout was not ready to write Sampson off just yet, he did see the ...

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