A Jersey Retirement Ceremony honoring
Sam Selman '09
Friday, January 7, 2022
As a student, Sam was an American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-American, and he was a two-time All-SPC selection in 2008 and 2009.
Though he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels in the 14th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft, Sam did not sign, choosing to attend and play baseball at Vanderbilt University instead. He helped the Commodores reach the College World Series in 2011. He went 9-3 with a 3.55 ERA in 21 games (13 starts) as a junior at Vanderbilt.
Sam was then drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the second round of the 2012 Major League Baseball Draft at the 66th overall pick. He pitched in the Royals organization from 2012 through 2018.
During that time, Sam earned back-to-back Pitcher of the Year awards at his respective levels while pitching in Idaho Falls in 2012 and in Wilmington in 2013. He also concluded the 2012 season in Idaho Falls as a postseason All-Star and in 2013 as a Kansas City Royals Organization All-Star.
In 2017, Sam was named a midseason Texas League All-Star for Northwest Arkansas, the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
In 2019, Sam signed with the San Francisco Giants organization. That year, between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento, he went 3-1 with a 1.15 ERA and had 78 strikeouts and just 14 walks in 47 innings pitched. For his efforts, Sam was named a midseason Pacific Coast League All-Star for Sacramento.
Sam was rewarded by the Giants and was called up to the Major League club on August 1st of 2019, and he made his debut that day against the Philadelphia Phillies.
In 2020, as a member of the Giants, Sam earned his first career save on September 17th against the Seattle Mariners. He finished the season only allowing hitters a .186 batting average against him.
Sam was traded on July 30th, 2021 to the Los Angeles Angels, who activated him to their Major League roster the following day.
We are so proud to honor Sam Selman '09 by retiring his #10 jersey!