Today's 2016 Dodgers review is of pitcher Layne Somsen, who spent a total of nine days on the club's 40-man roster.
What went right
Somsen began his season with the Reds, who drafted him in the 22nd round in 2013. He made the majors for the first time, but was then claimed off waivers by the Yankees in May, only to be designated for assignment by New York on June 13.
The Dodgers claimed Somsen off waivers from the Yankees on June 22, 2016.
What went wrong
Somsen had a rough time in his first major league stint, pitching in two games in relief for the Reds in May. After a scoreless inning in his debut, the right-hander allowed five runs on five hits, including two home runs, and three walks while recording just four outs against the Indians. Among the 742 souls who threw a pitch in the majors in 2016, Somsen's 19.29 ERA tied for 734th.
After joining the Dodgers, Somsen was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City, then proceeded to allow at least one run in five of his six appearances. He allowed 13 runs (nine earned) on 14 hits, including one home run, in just 5⅔ innings with OKC, and had more than twice as many walks (nine) as strikeouts (four).
Somsen's ERA with Oklahoma City was 14.29.
After retiring just two of his five batters faced on July 22 against New Orleans, he never pitched again the rest of the season, instead spending the final six weeks of the season on the disabled list.
Stats: 14.29 ERA in 6 games in Triple-A; 9 BB, 4 K in 5⅔ IP
Salary: $507,500, for which he received a pro-rated portion of during his time in the majors with the Reds.
Game of the year
Somsen did have one game with Oklahoma City in which he didn't allow a run. That was his OKC debut, on June 28 against Iowa. He recorded three outs and pitched in the eighth and ninth innings. But he also left with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth inning, only to be bailed out by outfielder Alex Hassan, who retired both batters he faced.
Somsen, a 2013 draft pick, remains in the Dodgers' minor league system.