Coleman promoted to Kansas City
Louis Coleman is on his way to Kansas City
Louis Coleman is on his way to Kansas City
Royals Corner Publisher
Posted Apr 21, 2011


The Kansas City Royals on Thursday promoted Omaha reliever Louis Coleman to the Major Leagues. The 25-year-old right-hander has been sensational in the Triple-A Storm Chasers bullpen this season, recording 16 strikeouts in just 7.0 innings pitched. Coleman will take the 25-man roster spot of Kanekoa Texeira, who was optioned to Triple-A.

Louis Coleman was selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2009 draft. After leading Louisiana State to the College World Series title that spring, Coleman signed quickly and reported to Low-A Burlington. After just four games, the sidewinding reliever was promoted to High-A Wilmington, where he baffled Carolina League hitters for the remainder of the season.

In 2010, Coleman began the season with the Double-A NW Arkansas Naturals, anchoring the bullpen for the eventual Texas League Champions. He was again sensational, earning a midseason promotion to Triple-A Omaha. In 21 games for the O-Royals last summer, Coleman fanned 48 batters in 40.1 innings pitched while logging a stellar 2.23 ERA.

Louis Coleman
Royals Corner ranked Coleman as the system’s 14th-best prospect prior to the 2011 season

After spending most of spring training in big league camp, Coleman returned to Omaha this year and has been even more dominant this spring. The 25-year-old has pitched just 7.0 innings, but he has struck out the side four times while accumulating 16 punchouts. The Pacific Coast League has collectively hit just .167 against him this season.

Coleman primarily works off a fastball/slider combination. His fastball sits at 89-92 mph with plus movement, while his slider is a wipeout breaking ball. Coleman is further helped by a funky delivery that is murder on right-handed batters. Rather than driving straight toward the plate, he essentially steps toward the right-hand batter’s box before flinging his arm back across his body.

Given his minor league success, it might not be long before Coleman establishes himself as one of the Royals’ primary late-inning setup men.

Career Statistics

YEAR LEVEL
W
L
ERA
G
SV
IP
H
BB
K
2009 2 Teams
4
1
1.66
14
2
21.2
10
4
22
-- 2009 A
1
0
2.45
4
1
7.1
2
1
6
-- 2009 A+
3
1
1.26
10
1
14.1
8
3
16
2010 2 Teams
7
3
2.15
42
7
92.0
62
25
103
-- 2010 AA
2
1
2.09
21
6
51.2
31
14
55
-- 2010 AAA
5
2
2.23
21
1
40.1
31
11
48
2011 AAA
0
1
3.86
6
2
7.0
4
4
16
CAREER  
11
5
2.16
62
11
120.2
76
33
141


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