Sunday, February 21, 2010

Top Prospects #16: Louis Coleman

#16 Louis Coleman

Age: 23
Pos: RHP
HT/WT: 6-4/195
Drafted: 5th Round of the 2009 Rule IV Draft
College: LSU
ETA: 2011

The Royals drafted Coleman in the fifth round of the 2009 draft and soon after Coleman helped lead LSU to a College World Series Championship. While in college, Coleman spent time in both the rotation and bullpen finding success in both roles. However, in the pros I expect him to stick as a reliever where I think he will find great success and will be put on the fast track to the Major Leagues. Coleman's delivery isn't prototypical by any stretch of the imagination, but it does seem to be effective. His arm slot comes is somewhere in between three quarters and sidearm and while Coleman appears to be throwing across his body towards the plate. The delivery is deceptive and much of his success can probably be attributed to this.

Coleman's fastball usually sits right around 90 mph and he has a plus slider. Thus far he has displayed exquisite command and I expect him to reach the Majors at some point next season, although if the Royals' bullpen is as bad in 2009 as it was in 2010 there is the possibility that he reaches the Majors by year's end. Look for Coleman to begin the year in the Texas League with a midseason promotion to Omaha, where he can return to the park that he won a college championship on just a year just months ago.

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