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South Dakota State’s Layne Somsen Drafted by Cincinnati Reds

Layne Somsen, South Dakota State Jackrabbits
South Dakota State University

South Dakota State pitcher Layne Somsen has been selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 22nd round of the Major League Baseball.

The right-hander from Yankton was the 675th player overall selected in the three-day draft.

Somsen was the 2013 Summit League Pitcher of the Year, going 4-5 with one save and a 1.87 ERA.   He had 91 strikeouts in 91.1 innings, with opponents hitting just .196.

He is fourth all-time in the Jackrabbit record book in starts (38), strikeouts (180) and innings pitched (215).

Somsen continues a sting of recent draft success for SDSU.  Six times in the last seven years, a South Dakota State player has been picked.

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