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Harold Louis Coleman III (born April 4, 1986) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Kansas City Royals, Los Angeles Dodgers and Detroit Tigers.

Louis Coleman
Louis Coleman on May 24, 2011.jpg
Coleman with the Kansas City Royals
Free agent
Born: (1986-04-04) April 4, 1986 (age 33)
Greenwood, Mississippi
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 21, 2011, for the Kansas City Royals
MLB statistics
(through 2018 season)
Win–loss record12–6
Earned run average3.51


Early lifeEdit

Coleman was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, to Hal and Kathy Coleman. He graduated from Pillow Academy in Greenwood and attended Louisiana State University (LSU), where he played college baseball for the LSU Tigers baseball team.[1] Coleman earned his agricultural business degree in May 2009.[2]

Professional careerEdit

Kansas City RoyalsEdit

Coleman was drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the fifth round of the 2009 MLB Draft,[3] and was called up to the majors for the first time on April 21, 2011.[4] That night, he pitched two scoreless innings against the Cleveland Indians in his major league debut. On May 11, 2011, Coleman recorded his first major league save by pitching a perfect 11th inning against the New York Yankees in Yankee Stadium.[5]

The Royals placed Coleman on waivers in April 2015 with the purpose of removing him from their 40-man roster.[6] He was re-added to the roster on September 7. On February 3, 2016, Coleman was released by the Royals.

Los Angeles DodgersEdit

On February 19, he signed a one-year, $725,000, free agent contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers.[7] As a member of the Dodgers bullpen in 2016, he pitched in 61 games with a 2–1 record and 4.69 ERA.[8]

Cincinnati RedsEdit

On January 10, 2017, Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Cincinnati Reds.[9] He was released on June 19, 2017.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

On June 23, 2017, Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.[10] He was released on August 26, 2017.[11]

Detroit TigersEdit

Coleman pitching for the Tigers against the Minnesota Twins in 2018

On February 23, 2018, Coleman signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers.[12] On May 12, 2018, the Tigers purchased Coleman's minor league contract and added him to the major league roster.[13] In ​51 13 relief innings for the 2018 Tigers, Coleman posted a 4–1 record with a 3.51 ERA and 41 strikeouts. On November 29, 2018, Coleman re-signed to a minor league deal with the Tigers.[14] He was assigned to AAA Toledo Mud Hens to start the 2019 season. Coleman was released by the organization on July 4, 2019.

Pitching styleEdit

Coleman mostly throws a four-seam fastball (88 to 92 miles per hour (142 to 148 km/h)) and slider (78 to 81 miles per hour (126 to 130 km/h)), with an occasional changeup to left-handed hitters.[15]


  1. ^ "Louis Coleman Stats". Baseball Almanac. Retrieved July 18, 2013.
  2. ^ "#29 Louis Coleman". Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "Louis Coleman". Retrieved July 14, 2013.
  4. ^ Bullpen shuffle: Coleman in, Texeira out
  5. ^ Hosmer drives Royals to win over Yankees
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  7. ^ "Dodgers, reliever Louis Coleman reach 725,000, 1-year deal". Associated Press. February 19, 2016.
  8. ^ "2016 Los Angeles Dodgers Batting, Pitching & Fielding Statistics". Baseball Reference. Retrieved October 15, 2016.
  9. ^ "Reds' Louis Coleman: Inks minor league deal with Reds". January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 10, 2017.
  10. ^ "Arizona Diamondbacks Transactions in June 2017". Retrieved June 23, 2017.
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  13. ^ "Tigers' Louis Coleman: Promoted from Triple-A". Retrieved 2018-05-12.
  14. ^ Woodbery, Evan (2018-11-30). "Tigers re-sign veteran reliever; Dixon Machado on the move". Retrieved 2018-11-30.
  15. ^ "Brooks Baseball · Home of the PitchFX Tool - Player Card: Louis Coleman". Brooks Baseball. Retrieved June 19, 2012.

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