The Dodgers have signed Louis Coleman to a one-year 750,000 dollar contract, according to MLB writer Devin Fink. According to the report the contract is a guaranteed MLB contract. The 29-year old right hander has spent his entire MLB career with the Kansas City Royals. He was drafted by the Royals in 2009 and made his MLB debut in 2011. He had originally agreed to a 725,000 dollar arbitration deal with the Royals putting them on the hook for the remainder of that salary. Coleman has two more years of team control via arbitration. He was given the axe in order to clear room for the Royal’s signing of Ian Kennedy.
Source: Dodgers sign Louis Coleman to a one-year, $750,000 deal. Story to come on @CoverThoseBases.
— Devan Fink (@DevanFink) February 19, 2016
Coleman has been primarily a middle reliever during his time in the American League. However he had problems in 2015 and only appeared in 4 major league games. He did have a good campaign for the Royal’s triple-A affiliate Omaha Storm Chasers of the PCL. Down there he posted an 8-2 record with a 1.69 ERA in 38 games. He whiffed 8.9 per nine innings against 64 innings.
Coleman appeared in 48, 42, 27 and 31 games respectively between the years of 2012-2014. He posted an ERA of 2.87 in 2011, 3.71 in 2012, and 0.61 across 29.2 innings pitched in 2013. He’s struggled ever since then, posting a 5.56 ERA in 2014. Coleman has a career 3.20 ERA across his five major league seasons with a 7.3 hits per nine rate, and 9.4 strikeout per nine rate. He has a career 4.30 FIP and has allowed 4.0 walks per nine innings.
Coleman was born in Greenwood Mississippi and played college baseball for the LSU Tigers. He graduated with an agriculture business degree. Coleman is primarily a fastball/slider guy. His four-seamer usually reaches up to 92 MPH, with his slider touching around 80. He also has a changeup he occasionally throws to left handers.