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Kalian Sams released
CAMDEN, New Jersey (USA) - Dutch outfielder Kalian Sams has been released after having played two months for the Camden Riversharks, the club announced today, Friday, May 30.

...Kalian Sams hands out signatures during...
...the European Big League Tour... November last year in Rotterdam...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Kalian Sams signed contract with the club on April 4. Since then, he appeared in 16 games and batted .232 (13-for-56) with a double and two homeruns. He scored four runs and batted in six. But Sams also struckout 19 times and walked only eight times. He stole one base.

The 27-year old Sams made his professional debut in 2007 when he played at the Single-A level in the organisation of the Seattle Mariners. In 2010 and 2011, he played in two games for the Major League-team during Spring Training.

After the 2012 season, Sams was released, then signed with the San Diego Padres. In 2013, he started the season in Double-A, playing for the San Antonio Missions, then was promoted to Triple-A in June and played in 24 games for the Tucson Padres. Sams was then released and signed with the Camden Riversharks, where he played only five games in the beginning of August, but batted 10-for-15 (.667) with three homeruns. His stay with Camden was brief, as he was signed to a minor league-contract by the Texas Rangers, where he played in 20 games in the remainder of the season for the Frisco RoughRiders, the Double-A team of the club.

After completion of the 2013 season, Sams returned to the Netherlands and played for DOOR Neptunus during the Play-Offs and Holland Series. In his first game for Neptunus, Sams hit a grand slam homerun in a 15-2 victory. Later, he won the Dutch championship with Neptunus, winning the Holland Series.

In October, Kalian Sams went on to play for Algodoneros de Guasave in the Liga Mexicana del Pacifico. But a month later, Sams agreed with his Mexican team to end his contract after having played in 22 games, hitting .192 with three doubles, one triple and four homeruns. He decided ro return home to the Netherlands to focus entirely on the 2014 season.

In February, Sams began Minor League Spring Training, but then was released by the Texas Rangers on March 23. Two weeks later, he again signed with the Camden Riversharks in April.

The Camden Riversharks plays in the independent Atlantic League. The team plays its home games in Campbell's Field, which is situated on a beautiful location at the base on the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. From the stadium, the skyline of nearby Philadelphia can be seen.

(May 30)

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