Ex-MWLers Sampson, Waldrop make MLB debuts for Reds

Former TinCaps pitcher Keyvius Sampson made his first MLB start Sunday for the Reds. (AP photo by John Minchillo)

Former TinCaps pitcher Keyvius Sampson made his first MLB start Sunday for the Reds. (AP photo by John Minchillo)

Two former Midwest League players — RHP Keyvius Sampson and OF/1B Kyle Waldrop — recently made their major-league debuts for the Cincinnati Reds.

Sampson made his MLB debut Thursday, striking out two batters in a perfect inning of relief. He made his first MLB start Sunday, an opportunity created by the trade of RHP Mike Leake to the San Francisco Giants on Thursday.

In the spot start, Sampson gave up three runs on three hits and a walk in five innings. He struck out six.

Sampson pitched in the Midwest League as a San Diego Padres prospect. He went 12-3 with a 2.90 ERA, 143 strikeouts and 49 walks in 118 innings (24 starts) for the 2011 Fort Wayne TinCaps. The Reds selected him off waivers in January.

Waldrop was called up by the Reds on Friday and has made only one plate appearance so far. Used as a pinch-hitter Sunday, he struck out on three pitches against Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Charlie Morton.

Waldrop batted .284 with 8 HR and 50 RBI in 117 games with the 2012 Dayton Dragons.

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