When the Los Angeles Dodgers signed right-handed reliever Louis Coleman this offseason, not much was really made of the deal. He had achieved some success with the Kansas City Royals in the past, but his inauspicious 2014 led to him being a wayward thought in 2015. So the Dodgers swooped in and signed him.
So far this spring, Coleman has delivered for the Dodgers in ways that no one thought possible. Coleman has faced 24 batters this spring, and only 3 of them have recorded base hits. A remarkable 10 of 24 have gone down on strikes, and it basically signifies just how dominant he’s been at times.
An afterthought in Kansas City, Coleman has become an object of curiosity with the Dodgers, and a likely member of his new club’s opening-day bullpen. His sidearm delivery flummoxes hitters and improves a bullpen’s stylistic diversity.
Coleman should make the team’s opening day roster as a reliable relief option, and those who have watched him this spring do believe he has a shot at being the Dodgers’ setup man. If so, that’s a heck of a boost to the bullpen. He has the potential to be downright nasty, and his 2013 season showcased that.
In 2013, Coleman recorded a 0.61 ERA in 29.2 innings while striking out 32 batters and walking just six. If he’s able to even come close to that in a Dodger uniform, then you’ll be looking a dominant bullpen piece that the team has sorely lacked, outside of Kenley Jansen, for quite some time.