The Dodgers have added to their bullpen with a surprisingly cheap, right arm. Louis Coleman comes in to further compliment the left-handed-heavy rotation.
Coleman to the Dodgers was first reported yesterday, and made official this morning.
Taken from an official release:
The Los Angeles Dodgers today announced the signing of right-handed reliever Louis Coleman to a one-year contract.
Coleman, 29, spent the majority of the 2015 season with the Royals’ Triple-A Omaha, going 8-2 with nine saves and a 1.69 ERA in 38 games, before receiving a call-up to Kansas City on Sept. 7 and making four scoreless appearances (3.0 IP) in the big leagues. With Omaha, he struck out 63 in 64.0 innings and limited opposing hitters to a .212 batting average, while posting a 1.11 WHIP.
Coleman made his Major League debut in 2011 with the Royals and appeared in 152 games with Kansas City from 2011-15, going 6-4 with two saves and a 3.20 ERA. He’s limited opposing hitters to a .223 batting average in the big leagues, while averaging better than a strikeout per inning, with 186 Ks in 177.1 innings pitched.
In seven minor league seasons, the Mississippi native has gone 24-12 with 36 saves, a 2.26 ERA, a .197 opponents’ batting average and a 1.04 WHIP in 165 relief appearances after being selected by the Royals in the fifth round of the 2009 First-Year Player Draft out of Louisiana State University.
To create room on the 40-man roster, the Dodgers placed right-handed pitcher Brandon McCarthy (Tommy John surgery) on the 60-day disabled list.
The Dodgers remain insanely pitching-heavy as they head to Spring Training, but that is a fixable issue and, really, you can never have too much pitching, theoretically.