Congratulations to Louis Coleman for receiving his well deserved call to the Major Leagues! Coleman was drafted in the 5th round of the 2009 draft and after he recorded the final out of the college world series signed with the Kansas City Royals. Coleman pitched his first season in Burlington and Wilmington and posted a 1.66 era with 9.1 strikeouts per 9 innings with just 1.7 walks per 9 innings.
Coleman continued his success in 2010 with double-A Northwest Arkansas and triple-A Omaha. Between his two stops he had a 2.15 era and saw his K rate rise to 10.1 per 9 innings. Coleman dazzled in Spring Training and was one of the last cuts before the club headed north to Kansas City. Had he been on the 40 man roster entering the season he likely would have been a key member of the bullpen right from the start.
Eighteen games into the season it doesn't make a difference as Louis Coleman gets the call for righty Kanekoa Texeira. Texeira had gotten by with great luck for the first part of the year and finally gave up his first run last night against the Indians. I appluad the Royals for recognizing that his early season success was unsustainable.
Coleman joining the big league club gives the Royals their sixth rookie of the season. Five of those rookies will be working from the bullpen. I expect Coleman to immediately become a go to guy for manager Ned Yost in close games.