Reds claim pitcher from Padres
The Reds claimed RHP Keyvius Sampson off waivers from the Padres on Thursday and now have a full 40-man roster. Sampson was recently designated for assignment by San Diego.
A fourth round pick in 2009, the 24-year-old Sampson has no big league experience and is coming off a rocky season in Triple-A. Last season, he posted a 6.68 ERA in 38 appearances, including 14 starts, for El Paso.
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General manager Walt Jocketty liked Sampson’s power arm that throws between 93-96 mph. He could be a starting pitcher or end up in the bullpen, where he worked in the second half of last season.
“It’s a low-risk, high reward move for a $20,000 waiver claim acquisition cost,” Jocketty said. He’s making the minimum salary and has options left. We were fairly certain that other clubs behind us [in the order] would have put in claims.”