Dodgers Sign Louis Coleman

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Sep 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Louis Coleman (48) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Minnesota won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 7, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Louis Coleman (48) delivers a pitch against the Minnesota Twins in the ninth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Minnesota won 6-2. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports /
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This afternoon news broke that the Dodgers signed Louis Coleman to a one year deal.

Louis Coleman is a 6’4 right handed relief pitcher. That’s right folks, the Dodgers added a man to their ‘pen.

Coleman is from Greenwood, Mississippi and graduated from Pillow Academy in Greenwood. Following high school, Coleman attended Louisiana State University, where he pitched with the LSU Tigers. While at LSU, Coleman earned his Bachelor’s degree in agricultural business in 2009. After graduating from college, Coleman was selected in the fifth round of the 2009 draft by the Kansas City Royals and has been with the club ever since.

Last year he only appeared in four games for the Royals, spending most of his time at AAA. With the Royals AAA affiliate, the Omaha Storm Chasers, Coleman appeared in 38 games and had an ERA of 1.69. He also struckout 63 batters in 64 innings.

Coleman has been up and down with the Royals for multiple seasons now. In 2013 with the big league team he posted an ERA of just 0.61 in 29 2/3 innings of work. Starting off the 2014 season, Coleman had a spot in their bullpen but as the season progressed he lost that spot and was again sent down to AAA. Since then he has been working on his craft in the minors. Coleman did not pitch for the Royals in the past two seasons or in their playoff runs.

On February 3, the Royals released him and last night the Dodgers signed him. It is reported that the deal is for one year, $750,000.

Louis Coleman even tweeted his reaction to the signing.

I think adding Coleman to the bullpen was a great move by the Dodgers. Even though he was up and down a lot with the Royals, it looks like Coleman will be a constant in the Dodgers bullpen. With their main weakness the past few seasons being relief pitching, Coleman should bring a little more stability to the pen.

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