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Kalian Sams joins Neptunus
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Outfielder Kalian Sams almost surely will be on the active roster for DOOR Neptunus coming weekend for the final two games of the team against Corendon Kinheim in the Play-Offs. Neptunus needs one victory to qualify for the Holland Series, which begins on Saturday, September 14. On Thursday-evening, Neptunus lost the opener vs. Kinheim, 2-1. On Saturday, Neptunus plays at Haarlem, then closes the Play-Offs on Sunday at home.

...Kalian Sams during the WBC...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Kalian Sams has completed his professional season the Minor League and returned home to the Netherlands. ,,We are checking all formalities with the federation, but I expect not problems'', states Head Coach Evert-Jan 't Hoen in an interview with TV Rijnmond on Friday. Since 2008, Sams is a playing member of Neptunus and should be eligible to play for the Rotterdam-squad.

Kalian Sams, who turned 27 in August, last played in the Dutch big league in 2006 when he played for ADO.

2013 was the seventh professional season for Sams, who originally signed a contract with the Seattle Mariners in July 2006. He made his professional debut in the 2007 season, playing for two Single-A teams of the Mariners. After spending a season in Rookie League (2008), he returned to Single-A, where he played in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Last year, he finally promoted to Double-A and played in 76 games for Jackson Generals, hitting .242 with 11 homeruns and 35 runs batted in.

However, on April 23 of this year, Sams was released by the Mariners. On May 5, he signed a Minor League-contract with the San Diego Padres and was assigned to its Double-A team. Sams played in 26 games for the San Antonio Missions, hitting .250 with 10 homeruns, 16 runs scored and 27 runs batted in. In June, the outfielder was promoted to the Tucson Padres, the Triple-A club of the organization. There, Sams played in 24 games, hitting only .160 (8-for-50) with one homerun, five runs scored and three RBI's. On July 20, Sams was released by the Padres.

Shortly thereafter, Sams decided to sign a contract with the Camden Riversharks of the Independent Atlantic League. He made his debut with his new team, hitting a double and homerun. Sams' stay in Camden lasted only five games (hitting 10-for-15 (.667) with three homeruns), as he was picked up by the Texas Rangers, where he signed a new Minor League-contract on August 10.

The Rangers assigned Sams to the Frisco RoughRiders (Double-A), where he completed the season. With Frisco, Sams played in 20 games, hitting .286 with four homeruns, 11 runs scored and 10 RBI's.

Earlier this year, Sams partcipated with the Dutch National Baseball Team in the World Baseball Classic. In 2011, Sams was a member of the team which then captured the world title in Panama. He also was with the Orange squad when it won the silver medal on the Intercontinental Cup in Taiwan in 2006. Last year, Sams played for the Dutch Team during the European Championship. In the opening game against Belgium, Sams delivered a unique performance, as he hit for-the-cycle, including a grand slam homerun, and had eight runs batted in.

(September 6)

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