Cubs Summon Coleman, Diamond
CHICAGO—They were roommates and major parts of the Triple-A Iowa rotation who were called up to the major league club on the same day.
Both righthanders made history in their major league debuts. But those debuts could not be any more different.
Casey Coleman, 23, and Thomas Diamond, 27, were called up to the Cubs Aug. 2 after the team traded Ted Lilly and placed Carlos Silva on the disabled list.
Coleman was first up for his major league debut and even though he struggled and gave up six runs in 21⁄3 innings to the Brewers, he made history.
When he threw his first major league pitch, Coleman became a part of the first family to have three generations of pitchers compete in the major leagues. His father, Joe, and his grandfather, also named Joe, pitched in the majors and each made it to the All-Star Game once.
"It's good to live up to the family name—I'm helping out my dad and grandpa's name," Casey told reporters. "There's been a lot of pressure but it's good pressure and it's fueled me. I've really wanted to do this for a long time."
Coleman, the Cubs' 15th-round pick in 2008, was 10-7, 4.07 in 117 innings with the I-Cubs before the callup.
Two days later, Diamond pitched against the Brewers and lost, 4-3. But in six innings, he struck out 10 batters and tied Mark Prior for most strikeouts by a Cub pitcher in his major league debut.
Diamond has had his ups, downs and injuries since being drafted by the Rangers in the first round in 2004. The Cubs claimed him on waivers from Texas last year and he'd gone 5-4, 3.16 in 108 innings for Iowa.
"The goal this year was to go get noticed and try to get up here," Diamond said. "I've done that. Now that I'm here, it's to stay here as long as I can."
• Travel in the Pacific Coast League has been known to be rough on players because they have to wake up early in the morning, take long flights and play at night. In spite of that, Iowa had won four straight games on travel days by a combined score of 48-14.
• Double-A Tennessee first baseman Matt Spencer hit two homers and drove in seven runs in an 11-3 victory over Montgomery on Aug. 5. All seven RBIs came after the sixth inning. The 24-year old was hitting .281/.339/.474 in 310 at-bats with the Smokies.