CPBL Foreign Players Updates Volume #233
Uni-Lions News: Keyvius Sampson
On July 6, Liberty Sports broke the news and hinted the Uni-Lions are targeting Keyvius Sampson as their new foreign pitcher. Later that evening, the Uni-Lions manager confirmed the rumour and told TSNA that Keyvius Sampson is their new foreign player.
According to the Uni-Lions manager, they are in the process of getting all the necessary paperwork ready. The 31-year-old American right-hander is likely to arrive in Taiwan in the second half season.
Keyvius Sampson started his professional career with the San Diego Padres system in 2009. He made his MLB debut with the Reds and was active from 2015-2016. During those two seasons, he posted a 5.60 ERA and 1.74 WHIP over 91.2 innings.
In 2018, he left the MLB system and joined the Hanwha Eagles of the KBO. In over 161.2 innings, he recorded a 4.68 ERA and 1.37 WHIP. Keyvius Sampson was named the 2018 KBO Strikeout Leader as he finished the season with 195 strikeouts.
After his KBO stint, he bounced around between the minor leagues, independent league and the Mexican Winter League. Prior to his signing with the Uni-Lions, Keyvius Sampson was pitching in the Atlantic League. He has a 3.41 ERA with 50 strikeouts over 37 innings of work.
Foreign players come and goes, therefore we compiled a foreign players tracker to keep track of all the foreign players signing for the 2022 CPBL season.