Coleman Completes Journey To Big Leagues





KANSAS CITY Righthander Louis Coleman finally completed the long road from Greenwood, Miss., to the big leagues.

Coleman, 25, made his major league debut in April and provides the Royals a versatile bullpen arm. He has a funky, slinging delivery with a 91-93 mph fastball, slider and changeup. He caught the eyes of scouts in 2005 when he went 10-1, 0.51 with 102 strikeouts and 12 walks in 68 innings as a senior at Pillow Academy High in Greenwood, Miss. Coleman tossed a no-hitter that season, and the Braves picked him in the 25th round.

"I was bailing hay that day," Coleman said of being drafted. "I was told that it was a possibility I'd be drafted. I knew the draft was going on the first day, but I (had) kind of forgotten about it."

Coleman passed on the Braves to pitch for Louisiana State. The Nationals drafted him in the 14th round in 2008 after his junior season, but he opted to return to college. LSU not only made it to Omaha, but also won the College World Series with Coleman on the mound for the final two innings of the championship against Texas in 2009.

Coleman moved up in the draft after going 14-2, 2.93 with 142 strikeouts as a senior. The Royals took him in the fifth round in 2009, and he went 11-4, 2.09 in his first two seasons, rising from low Class A Burlington in 2009 to Triple-A Omaha last year.

He made six appearances in Omaha this season, posting a 3.84 ERA while striking out 16 in seven innings, before receiving the call to the majors.

In five appearances with Kansas City, Coleman had a 1.59 ERA with seven strikeouts and five walks in six innings. In his second major league appearance on April 23, he retired Rangers all-stars Elvis Andrus, Michael Young and Adrian Beltre in order.

"I like him because he's fearless and he throws strikes," Royals manager Ned Yost said.

ROYALTIES

• Lefthander Crawford Simmons, Rookie-level Burlington's 2010 pitcher of the year, went on the disabled list at low Class A Kane County with an elbow injury.

• Catcher Kevin David, a 19th-round pick last June out of Oklahoma State, was sidelined with a foot injury that could keep him out for three months. He batted .277/.342/.415 for Rookie-level Idaho Falls last year.