Bryan Sammons (--)
DOB: 4/27/1995; Age: 22
Bats: L, Throws: L
Height: 6'4", Weight: 235 lbs
Acquired: Drafted in the 8th round in 2017
Professional Experience: 1; Highest level: A (2017)
Bryan Sammons was drafted in the 8th round of the 2017 draft by the Twins as a Senior from Western Carolina University.
I want everyone to know that I will have a biased view on Bryan because he is my nephew. Thrylos provided the incentive for me to write this with his comments on rating Bryan the number 35 prospect in the organization. "The Wilmington, NC native have had an unremarkable College career until he appeared in the Cape Cod league the summer of 2016".
I thought it would be helpful if I provided a little history of Bryan's accomplishments. First and probably foremost Bryan graduated from WCU with honors in Engineering Technology and the Southern Conference offered him graduate school scholarship.
Some of the adjectives that come to mind when thinking of Bryan on the baseball field; durable, competitor, smart, humble. Bryan has never missed a start and I have never seen him rattled. You can could 100 pitches when you give Bryan the ball.
Bryan has historically taken advantage of available opportunities. He wanted to be a starter in high school but it appeared that he would not be in the rotation (because other players threw harder)but injuries forced him into the rotation his junior year. He lost a game early his junior year but did not lose again in both his junior and senior years. He playedAmerican Legion in his junior and senior years except for losing only one game each year. In his senior year his loss was in the American Legion World Series. There were no earned runs in that WS game and there were no earned runs the entire season (after the 2nd start) and playoffs. He pitched a complete game shutout in the regional championship and was named MVP of the region.
WCU does not come to mind when thinking of college baseball programs. The coach at WCU has more pitchers drafted than any other college coach in NC. This placed Bryan with the opportunity to learn and participate from the start. I still remember Bryan's first game as a freshman (watching simulation online). College baseball season opens in the middle of February, the first game was cancelled due to snow and was moved to Mississippi State who sells out every home game with enormous crowds of like 10,000.They were ranked 2nd in the country to start 2014 and were the college world series 2013 runners up. WCU was leading 3-0 going into the ninth and the starter was replaced. Two relievers quickly allowed 2 runs and had the tying run in scoring position. Coach brought in the freshman and Bryan got his first save. After his freshman year Bryan was named a Louisville Slugger All American.Over the years Bryan has given us may amazing stories like this.
He had another amazing opportunity in 2016 when his coach got him a 7 day contract at the Cape Cod Summer League. He turned that 7 day contract to an entire summer season and placed in the rotation. Bryan was held back to pitch the championship game which they won. I think Bryan pitched 6 shutout innings.
Returning to school he had an amazing senior season and set some marvelous records. Bryan stands 2nd in WCU history for innings pitched and strikeouts. He is also 8th in Southern Conference history for innings pitched and strikeouts. I noticed that number 9 for strikeouts pitched in the MLB last year.
After the draft he briefly played with Elizabethton and finished the season.Last year he pitched over 160 innings with over 180 strikeouts.
Bryan will be the starting pitcher for the Kernels opening day at Quad Cities.
If you were to ask Bryan about baseball history he would tell you very little.When asked about pitching opening day he replied "it's just my turn to pitch".That maybe true but I don't see it that way.
Wishing Bryan the best with his 2018 opportunities.