Tommy Layne

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Tommy Layne
Tommy Layne on May 1, 2015.jpg
Layne pitching for the Red Sox in 2015
St. Louis Cardinals
Relief pitcher
Born: (1984-11-02) November 2, 1984 (age 33)
St. Louis, Missouri
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 14, 2012, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Win–loss record 8-5
Earned run average 3.61
Strikeouts 137

Thomas Kevin Layne (born November 2, 1984) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the St. Louis Cardinals organization. He previously pitched for the San Diego Padres, Red Sox, and New York Yankees of Major League Baseball.

Amateur career[edit]

Layne attended Fort Zumwalt South High School in St. Peters, Missouri, where he played baseball and soccer.[1][2] He then enrolled at Southwestern Illinois College where he played college baseball for two years. He then played at the University of Central Missouri for one year before transferring to Mount Olive College in Mount Olive, North Carolina, where he played for the Mount Olive Trojans. In 2007, Layne was named an All-American and Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference Baseball Pitcher of the Year.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

The Arizona Diamondbacks drafted Layne in the 26th round of the 2007 MLB Draft. Layne progressed steadily up the minor league ladder over five seasons in the Diamondbacks' system and was promoted to the Triple-A Reno Aces in early 2011. Over three seasons, Layne had posted a 3.82 earned run average (ERA) working exclusively as a starter in Double-A for the Diamondbacks, but struggled in his time at Triple-A, accumulating a 6.21 ERA in 15 games started and 17 relief appearances in 2011.

San Diego Padres[edit]

The San Diego Padres acquired Layne from the Diamondbacks on May 3, 2012, for cash considerations.[4] Layne made 5 starts and notched a 7.77 ERA for the Triple-A Tucson Padres before he was demoted to the Double-A San Antonio Missions and began working out of the bullpen. Layne was noted as having a "rubber arm" and he enjoyed having the chance to pitch every day, so he welcomed the transition to a reliever role.[5] Layne had more success at Double-A, posting a 3.28 ERA and 36 strikeouts in 35​23 innings.

The Padres promoted Layne to the major leagues on August 14.[6] Layne made his Major League debut the same night against the Atlanta Braves, striking out the side in his one inning.[5] Layne remained with the Padres for the rest of 2012, working out of the bullpen. He didn't allow a run in his first 11 appearances. Layne earned his first win as a Major Leaguer on September 4 when he struck out Adrian Gonzalez, Matt Kemp, and Hanley Ramírez in order in the 10th inning.[7] Layne finished the season with a 3.24 ERA and 25 strike-outs versus 3 walks in 16​23 innings over 26 appearances. Layne was designated for assignment on October 25, 2013.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Layne signed a minor league deal with the Boston Red Sox on November 10, 2013. He was called up for the night game of a day-night doubleheader against the Baltimore Orioles on July 5, 2014.[8] After the game, he was optioned to the Triple A Pawtucket Red Sox.[9] As a result of a number of trades at the 2014 trade deadline, Layne was recalled back to the Boston Red Sox.[10]

In 2016, Layne pitched to a 3.77 ERA in 34 games for the Red Sox. After they acquired Fernando Abad at the trade deadline, the Red Sox designated Layne for assignment on August 2[11] and released him on August 6.[12]

New York Yankees[edit]

The New York Yankees signed Layne on August 9, 2016.[12] He was designated for assignment on June 10, 2017 and released on July 4, 2017.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Layne signed a minor league contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers on July 19, 2017, and was assigned to the Triple-A Oklahoma City Dodgers. He pitched in three games for them and was released on August 1.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

Layne signed a minor league contract to return to the Red Sox on February 24, 2018.[13] He was released on May 18, 2018, after failing to make an appearance in a game due to recovery from an injury.[14]

St. Louis Cardinals[edit]

On June 15, 2018, Layne signed a minor league contract with the St. Louis Cardinals.

Personal life[edit]

Layne is the youngest of four brothers. He currently resides in Rye, New York.[15]


  1. ^ Lyons, Joe (May 10, 2003). "Bulldogs Break Open a Close One". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. 19. Retrieved August 9, 2016.  (subscription required)
  2. ^ Lyons, Joe (October 9, 2002). "Bulldogs Goalkeeper Stops Warriors". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. p. B3. Retrieved August 9, 2016.  (subscription required)
  3. ^ "Mount Olive's Layne Called Up To Major Leagues". August 14, 2012. Retrieved March 4, 2013. 
  4. ^ "Padres call up LHP Tom Layne from Double-A, designate LHP Alex Hinshaw for assignment". The Washington Post. Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-08-14. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b Jenkins, Chris (August 15, 2012). "Life in the Fast Layne". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 19 August 2012. 
  6. ^ "Padres call up left-hander Tom Layne from Double-A – San Jose Mercury News". Associated Press. Retrieved 2012-08-14. 
  7. ^ Moore, Jack (September 6, 2012). "Tom Layne Emerges From Padres Bullpen". FanGraphs. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Mullen, Maureen, Red Sox promote Tommy Layne for doubleheader, retrieved July 5, 2014 
  9. ^ Red Sox Transactions, retrieved July 7, 2014 
  10. ^ Speier, Alex, SOURCES: RED SOX TO CALL UP LHP TOMMY LAYNE, retrieved August 16, 2014 
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  14. ^ "Tommy Layne Stats, Highlights, Bio | Pawtucket Red Sox Stats". Pawtucket Red Sox. Retrieved 2018-05-19. 
  15. ^ Heilbrunn, Annie (August 25, 2012). "Ten questions with Padres' Tom Layne". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Retrieved 4 March 2013. 

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