Layne Somsen

Position: RHP
Born: 6/5/1989
Height: 6'0
Weight: 190
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 22nd round of the 2013 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CIN).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: 0-0 with a 1.29 ERA in eight games at Louisville (Triple-A), striking out 15 and walking six while allowing six hits in 14 innings.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Louisville on May 9 when OF Kyle Waldrop was sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 5/14/2016

Debut Details
May 14, in a 4-3 win against the Phillies. The last of four pitchers, he tossed one inning, the eighth, allowing one hit. The first batter he faced, Ryan Howard, grounded out back to Somsen and Freddy Galvis then attempted a bunt single and was called out on batters interference. Cameron Rupp collected a single to center field before Tyler Goeddel grounded into a forced third out at second base.

Player Notes
It’s been a long wait this season for Somsen to finally get on the bump. After having been called up for his ostensible debut back on April 25 when OF Jay Bruce went on paternity leave, Somsen was sent back down two days later before he got into a game. He returned to the Reds on May 9 but had to wait for nearly another week to finally make his debut. The third player to make it to the majors out of South Dakota State University (joining former Twins pitcher Caleb Thielbar and current Nationals pitcher Blake Treinen), Somsen led the Jackrabbits to their first and only NCAA Tournament appearance in 2013, posting a 1.87 ERA to earn Summit League Pitcher of the Year honors. The senior signee made up for lost time by moving up to Triple-A by his third pro season without a blip, propelled by a pro debut at Billings (Short season A) where he posted a 1.66 ERA in 17 games out of the pen, striking out 40 while walking just 15 in 43.1 IP. In 2015, he combined between Pensacola (Double-A) and Louisville for a 2.74 ERA in 27 games, striking out 60 in 62.1 IP and walking 30 while allowing 47 hits. Overall, he’s posted a career 2.49 ERA coming into his long-awaited and twice-delayed debut.