From BR Bullpen
Luke Edward Sommer
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 3", Weight 205 lb.
 Biographical Information
Luke Sommer has played in the minors and the Netherlands.
Sommer hit .315/.402/.505 as a part-time outfielder his freshman year at the University of San Francisco. He fell to .263/.337/.450 as a starter in 2006 but had 15 doubles, 32 RBI and 4 triples (tied for second in the West Coast Conference). That summer, he put up a .258/.305/.361 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the elite Cape Cod League. He slipped further, to .243/.335/.388 in 2007. The Chicago Cubs took him in the 30th round of the 2007 amateur draft; the scouts were John Bartsch and Al Geddes.
For the 2007 AZL Cubs, Sommer batted .237/.299/.401 with 6 triples, tying him for fifth in the Arizona League in three-baggers. He was the team's most-used first baseman and also saw action in the outfield. That off-season, the Cubs converted him into a pitcher. He split 2008 between the AZL Cubs (1-0, Sv, 1 R in 8 1/3 IP) and Boise Hawks (3-2, 2.61, 2 BB in 31 IP).
In 2009, Luke was very good for the Daytona Cubs, going 2-4 with 3 saves and a 2.13 ERA in 51 games. He walked only 11 and hit none in 72 innings. He led his team in appearances and was third in the Florida State League in that department. The next year, he moved up the chain with stops for Daytona (1-1, 6 Sv, 2.52), the Tennessee Smokies (1-1, 8 Sv, 2.02) and Iowa Cubs (1-0, 4.05 in 7 AAA games). The former position player was 1 for 3 with a double and a run at the plate. He was picked for the Southern League All-Star Game. He led all Cubs farmhands with 58 games pitched that year and also had the most saves of anyone in the Chicago chain.
The Oregonian started 2011 back with the Smokies but struggled (9 R, 18 H in 10 IP, one save) and got released. Signed by the Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League, he was 4-5 with a save and a 4.02 ERA in 36 games (6 starts).
For 2012, Sommer signed with Corendon Kinheim of the Hoofdklasse. He debuted on April 7, facing Kevin Miner and the Vaessen Pioniers. Sommer had a rough outing, with four runs in four innings (3 on a Mike Duursma double) before getting yanked. Kinheim rallied for a 8-5 win; Pim Walsma got the decision.