Born in Fair Oaks, Calif...His first MLB win was on Father’s Day with his dad in the crowd on June 20, 2021, vs. Philadelphia at Oracle Park. He retired 10 of the final 11 batters he faced...Attended Sacramento State University and is a 2013 graduate of Del Campo High School in Fair Oaks, CA...Grew up a Giants fan in the Sacramento-area but went to more A’s games. Barry Zito, a left-handed starter with both clubs who also had a big curveball, was his favorite pitcher. Long says that his curveball isn’t modeled after Zito’s but it’s turned into one like his, which is pretty cool...When the lefty got the call-up from Richmond to Triple-A Sacramento in 2021, he called his mother and told her he is “coming home,” and tears were shed. And plans were made. For his Triple-A debut that Saturday, he said there were about 150-200 friends and family filling Sutter Health Park. Which brings this back to his homecoming, in which a boisterous Sacramento crowd watched him strike out the first eight batters he faced...His parents are Trent Long and Liza Mineni. He has one sister, Ali, who played volleyball at St. Francis College. Sam was a Communications major at Sac State. He also graduated high school early in Dec., 2013.
Made his first career Opening Day roster with the Giants..His season was cut short after landing on the 60-day IL on Aug. 26 with a right oblique strain that led him to miss the remainder of the year...Worked primarily as a reliever and made 22 appearances out of the bullpen for the Giants...Appeared in eight games over three stints with the River Cats...Was converted to a starter role with Sacramento after he was optioned on Aug. 3...Finished the year with the second-fastest pitch tempo with bases empty in MLB at 12.8 seconds...with runners on base, Long ranked fifth at 19.1s.
Appeared in 12 games (five starts) for SF...went 0-0 with a 6.87 ERA (14er, 18.1ip) in seven relief outings at the Major League level and was 2-1 with a 4.43 ERA as a starter... Made his MLB debut in relief on June 9 at Texas and struck out seven over 4.0 innings...his seven strikeouts as a reliever were the most by a Giant in their MLB debut since John Montefusco had seven in a 9-inning relief stint against the Dodgers on Sept. 3, 1974... Went 1-1 with a 2.34 ERA and 55 strikeouts in 42.1 innings in 16 minor league outings (seven starts) between Low-A San Jose, Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento... In his first Triple-A start on May 29, Long struck out the first eight batters he faced to start the game and nine of his first 10... Struck out 44 percent (37-of-84) of the hitters he faced in the minors before his first call-up on June 9.
Did not play due to the COVID-19 pandemic.