Former Bellingham Bells ace and 2011 first-team all-WCL starting pitcher Adrian Sampson of the Seattle Mariners made his big league debut yesterday at Fenway Park vs. the mighty Red Sox.
A product of Bellevue College, Sampson nearly went five innings in the Mariners 6-2 loss at Boston.
Sampson was masterful back in the summer of 2011, as the Bells’ right-hander posted the league’s fifth lowest ERA at 1.71 and recorded 71 strikeouts, second most in the WCL. He went 4-4 for Bellingham over 9 starts and started the 2011 WCL All-Star Game for the East at Goss Stadium in Corvallis.
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