Sampson spent the beginning of the 2016 up and down between Louisville and Cincinnati in the bullpen. He enjoyed a nice breakout season in 2015 that saw him successful in the Pensacola and Louisville starting rotations after being claimed off waivers from the Padres. This earned Sampson 12 starts in 13 appearances with the Reds that season. His stuff played quite hitable and the success was limited, but it still games some experience going into the 2016 season. Command has been an issue for Sampson at times, as he works with a fastball in the low- to mid-90s, slider and change.