Cubs call up Adrian Sampson, designate Johneshwy Fargas for assignment
Another day, another roster move for the Cubs.
In need of a starting pitcher for Wednesday’s series finale in Cincinnati, the Cubs called up right-handed pitcher Adrian Sampson from Triple-A Iowa. To make room for him on the 40-man roster, Johneshwy Fargas was designated for assignment.
Sampson, 29, is a former 5th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 2012 Amateur Draft. He signed with the Cubs as a minor-league free agent in May.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander has plenty of MLB experience, compiling 41 appearances and 153 innings with the Seattle Mariners and Texas Rangers in 2016 and 2018-19. In 2019 with the Rangers, he had a 5.89 ERA and 1.53 WHIP over 125.1 innings.
Sampson pitched for the Lotte Giants in the Korean Baseball Organization in 2020, going 9-12 with a 5.40 ERA in 25 starts.
With Triple-A Iowa this season, he is 4-5 with a 4.96 ERA and 1.53 WHIP across 16 outings (14 starts). He tossed a gem on June 17, striking out 8 and allowing just 1 earned run in 7 innings to lead the I-Cubs to a victory.
He also served as the team’s bat boy at times throughout the summer:
Because of COVID, there’s no bat boys at all this year. So in lieu of high school kids, starting pitchers on their non-starting days serve as the bat boys. Here’s Adrian Sampson performing his bat boy duties during tonight’s @IowaCubs game. pic.twitter.com/9CrKhJckB2— Dylan Heuer (@dylan_heuer) June 9, 2021
Just a week ago, the Cubs were in the early stages of transitioning to a 6-man rotation. But Jake Arrieta was released last Thursday and Adbert Alzolay landed on the injured list over the weekend with a hamstring injury.
Young right-hander Keegan Thompson is still working on getting stretched out in Triple-A and if all goes well, he figures to slot into the rotation at some point over the final few weeks of the 2021 season.
Fargas was selected off waivers from the New York Mets on July 23. After the wild trade deadline, he was one of the group of players called up to fill out the big-league roster.
The 26-year-old outfielder hit .269 with a .642 OPS in 13 games (27 plate appearances) with the Cubs, stealing a base and recording a triple.
The Cubs called up Michael Hermosillo Tuesday evening to fill out the outfield, so it was not surprising to see Fargas DFA’d to clear room for another pitcher.