2011 Bell Adrian Sampson has been called up to the big leagues and is set to join the Seattle Mariners on Saturday, June 16. Sampson is the first Bell underneath current ownership (2011-present) to make a major league roster.
Sampson, a native of Redmond, Wash., played for the Bellingham Bells during the summer of 2011. While playing for the Bells, Sampson posted a 1.71 ERA in 63.1 innings. He accumuluated 71 strikeouts during his season with the Bells (28 more strikeouts than the next closest Bells pitcher). Sampson was one of four Bellingham Bells during the summer of 2011 to be named to the West Coast League All-Star team.
In 2012, Sampson was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 5th round, 166th overall. During his time in the minor leagues, he has pitched for the Class-A Advanced Bradenton Marauders, the Class-AA Altoona Curve, the Class-AAA Indianapolis Indians and the Class-AAA Tacoma Rainiers.