A 25th-round pick out of Texas Tech in the 2012 draft, Daniel Coulombe showed swing and miss stuff early. In his debut season, the left-hander struck out 37 batters in just 25.1 innings between Rookie Ogden and Low-A Great Lakes.
The following season, Coulombe spent the entire year with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga, striking out 11.5 batters per nine innings while posting a 4.05 ERA. He returned to Rancho to start 2014 and earned a promotion to Chattanooga, where he continued to rack up the strikeouts; he then received a surprise callup to the big leagues in September.
A callup to the Majors is always an exciting experience, though a pitcher making his Major-League debut in Coors Field can be understandably daunting.
However, Coulombe handled his debut with aplomb. Called on in the seventh inning, he struck out the first batter he faced, then induced a pair of outs to record a perfect inning.
While the Los Angeles Dodgers’ bullpen situation is fairly uncertain going forward, Coulombe has the advantage of being a lefty who can get right-handed hitters out. However, with veteran J.P. Howell, as well as Paco Rodriguez and Scott Elbert in the mix, Coulombe may find himself on the outside looking in.
Barring injury, he’ll likely return to the Minors to begin next season, likely with the club’s new Double-A affiliate in Tulsa.
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