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Somsen "Relaxes" After Being Drafted

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Two years ago Yankton's Layne Somsen lived a nightmare.  The SDSU pitcher needed Tommy John surgery to repair his injured arm.

Since then it seems all of Layne's dreams have been coming true, including the news yesterday that he'd been drafted by the Cincinnati Reds.

Somsen was selected in the 22nd round by the Reds after a senior season that saw him post a 1.87 ERA, win Summit League Pitcher of the Year honors, and help lead South Dakota State to their first ever NCAA Baseball Tournament appearance.

Layne was in Yankton yesterday actually celebrating a family wedding, and the news took him by surprise.  It wasn't that he'd been drafted,  it's how he found out he'd been picked. 

"I was kinda shocked because I figured I'd get a phone call before they picked me but nope, it was my mom, she came running down the stairs and yelled at me 'you just got drafted by the Reds'!  And I was like okay that's great.  It was just night to finally get it all done with and be able to relax and be able to take a deep breath and be like, okay, I got picked, and now I just gotta figure out where I gotta go from here."  Somsen says.

Layne told KDLT Sports that a scout will be up later this week with his contract and that he'll fly out to Arizona and learn where he'll be assigned in the Reds minor league system.  Layne is our Scheel's Athlete of the Week and we'll hear more from tomorrow at 6 and 10.

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