Tonight, it was announced that the Los Angeles Dodgers have signed free agent right-handed reliever Louis Coleman to a $750,000 Major League contract over one year. It was reported on Twitter a little bit ago, and it’s just now beginning to make its way across the internet.
The 29-year old Coleman turns 30 on April 4th, and he’s entering his sixth big league season. He was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 5th round of the 2009 MLB Draft, and he’s spent his entire career with them up until this point.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) February 19, 2016
In his career, Coleman has thrown 177.1 innings and struck out 186 batters while walking 78. He owns a career 3.20 ERA and 1.25 WHIP. He first burst onto the scene in 2011 when he was 25 years old, and he finished the season with a 2.87 ERA and 64 strikeouts in 59.2 innings.
Coleman features a fastball that sits between 88-90, as well as a slider that sits between 79-81. Both pitches are quality offerings, although not spectacular. For his salary, Coleman gives the Dodgers a capable middle relief option who could perform back at his earlier levels.
The 6-foot-4 pitcher only threw three innings in the big leagues last season. Coleman spent the majority of 2015 at Triple-A Omaha where he finished with a 1.69 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 64.0 innings, as well as racking up 9 saves. He also walked 12 batters and had a 1.11 WHIP.
In 2014, his last big time sample size season, Coleman threw 34.0 innings while striking out just 24 batters and walking 18. His control went away from him in a big way. However, in 2013, he did strikeout 32 batters in 29.2 innings and finished with a 0.61 ERA.
In all, this is just a depth signing by the Dodgers that could be seen as a possible low-risk, high-reward type deal. If Coleman his able to recapture some of that early magic, then the team could be the beneficiaries of a bounce back campaign. Solid signing.