Somsen Goes To Cincy


Another Jackrabbit has has sights set on the big leagues. South Dakota State University pitcher Layne Somsen was selected in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball Draft Saturday afternoon by the Cincinnati Reds. A right-hander from Yankton, Somsen was the 675th player overall selected in the three-day draft.

The 2013 Summit League Pitcher of the Year, Somsen compiled a 4-5 record with one save and a 1.87 earned run average in helping lead the Jackrabbits to their first-ever appearance in the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level. He struck out 91 batters in 91.1 innings pitched, while limiting the opposition to a .196 batting average. Somsen recorded a quality start by allowing three earned runs or less and at least six innings pitched in 12 of his 13 starts.

Somsen finished his career ranked fourth on the Jackrabbit all-time charts in starts (38), strikeouts (180) and innings pitched (215).

Somsen’s selection marks the sixth time in the last seven years a South Dakota State player has been drafted. Other drafted players include: Jake Rogers (2007, 22nd round by Washington); Craig Parry (2008, 50th round by Pittsburgh); Caleb Thielbar (2009, 18th round by Milwaukee); and Blake Treinen (23rd round by Florida in 2010 and seventh round by Oakland in 2011). Thielbar is currently a member of the Minnesota Twins, while Treinen is currently pitching at Class AA affiliate Harrisburg (Pa.) in the Washington Nationals farm system.


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