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Layne Succeeding in Transition to Bullpen

Layne Succeeding in Transition to Bullpen

Thomas Layne has not allowed a run in his last four games and sports a 1.42 ERA over last six appearances. Last year's 26th round draft choice spoke with us about being one of the few southpaws in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization and what it takes to succeed as a sinkerballer.

The South Bend Silver Hawks do not usually employ a full-time closer, believing that at lower levels, relievers need to learn to pitch a couple of innings at a time in case their eventual big league role is as a middle or long reliever.  Manager Mark Haley therefore rotates two or three pitchers at any given time as stoppers: "not the closer, but the guy who's going to come out of the pen...

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