DURHAM, NC – Nate Samson (pictured) is a Chicago Cub again. The Cubs purchased Samson’s contract from the Winnipeg Goldeyes, bringing the shortstop back to the only organization he knew for seven years.
The Cubs originally drafted Samson out of high school in the 2006 MLB June Amateur Draft. Samson was selected in the 34th round and began his minor league journey in the Rookie-level Arizona League. From there, he ascended the Cubs’ system quickly. In 2008, he jumped all the way from Low-A Peoria to Triple-A Iowa. Though the promotion was brief (only two games), Samson returned to Triple-A in 2012 before moving to the Goldeyes for the 2013 season.
Samson has been a terrific defensive shortstop for Winnipeg. In 211 attempts, he has only made four errors, giving him a .981 fielding percentage. In addition, Samson has helped turn 23 double plays. Offensively, Samson has hit five doubles and a team-best two triples. He has also homered once, while driving in 15 runs.
Chicago purchased Samson’s contract earlier today. The Cubs are expected to send him to the Tennessee Smokies of the Double-A Southern League.
Photo courtesy of the Winnipeg Goldeyes