Layne Somsen became the seventh SwampDog to reach the major leagues, debuting for the Cincinnati Reds on May 14th. Somsen pitched a scoreless 8th inning in the Reds 4-3 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Somsen was recalled from AAA Louisville prior to the appearance.
Somsen was not on the big league roster at the end of spring training but has chiseled out an excellent start to the 2016 season for Triple-A Louisville where he struck out 11 batters in 8.2 innings while posting a 1.04 ERA.
The 27 year old righty will take the place of Red’s slugger Jay Bruce, who is on paternity leave.
Somsen dominated the Coastal Plain League in his lone season as a SwampDog, going 5-0 with a 1.29 ERA in seven starts while striking out 47 batters in 42 innings. He did not allow a home run and hitters batted just .129 against him.
He was selected in the 2013 draft out of South Dakota State by the Reds where he continued his success. Entering his fourth professional season, he is 9-5 with a 2.49 ERA across five minor league levels.
Somsen joins an impressive list of former SwampDogs to crack a major league roster including David Aardsma, Carter Capps, and Kevin Quackenbush.