Somsen Notches 4 Inn Save

The Reds found South Dakota State's Layne Somsen still hanging around when they selected him in the 22nd round of this year's draft. Some medical issues caused him to stay in school longer, but now he's keeping a sub-two ERA since debuting professionally at Billings.

Billings erupted for five runs in the third inning and added three the next frame as they cruised to a 10-2 win at Ogden. Adam Matthews popped a grand slam in the go-ahead rally and Carlos Sanchez blew the game open with a three-run home run in the next frame. Nick Benedetto piled on when he led off the sixth with a home run and Robert Ramirez capped off the Mustang scoring with an RBI single in the seventh.

Jon Matthews and Sanchez led the Mustangs with three hits apiece while Adam Matthews, Daniel Paula, and Benedetto finished with two each. On the mound Junior Morillo allowed only one run on five hits in five innings while striking out four without a walk for the win. Layne Somsen relieved him with four innings over which he allowed one run and qualified for the save.

Somsen came into the Cincinnati organization out of South Dakota St. after he was selected in the 22nd round in this year's draft. After thirteen appearances he's got a 1.64 ERA over 33 innings pitched and is striking out almost eight hitters per nine innings. His walk rate is a little high, almost four per nine, but at this point it's nothing to be too worried about for a young pitcher soon after his professional debut.

Somsen stands 6'0"/190# and throws right-handed. Although he's gotten off to a super start, some might be quick to point out that he's 24 years old and therefore should be dominating rookie league hitters. He stayed in college longer because he missed two seasons from Tommy John surgery. He came back this year to lead the Jackrabbits in innings pitched while posting a sub-two ernie and holding opponents to a batting average below .200.

He'll never go backwards in age, so all he can do is continue to get hitters out given the opportunity and he's made the most of it thus far. When on the mound he brings a low-90's fastball with a good slider. One reason to think his walk rate will come down is because he showed great command his final collegiate season, with a 91/30 K/BB ratio over 91 innings.

At his age the Reds should not be reluctant to fast-track him when he gives any indication of readiness. There's not much time remaining in this minor league season so he'll probably have to wait until 2014 for any promotion and should end up on the Dayton roster to start the season. The young man has already overcome a lot of obstacles just to make it to the professional ranks. This late-rounder will be an easy one to cheer for as he advances up the pipeline.

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