Coleman Among September MLB Call-Ups
BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU pitcher Louis Coleman has re-joined the Kansas City Royals after being called up from the club’s Triple-A affiliate in Omaha. LSU now has 10 former players on Major League Baseball rosters with the regular season winding down and the playoffs beginning in a few weeks.
Coleman was 8-2 with a 1.69 ERA for the Omaha Storm Chasers before receiving the call to go to Kansas City for the Royals’ series with the Minnesota Twins.
The other nine former LSU players currently in the big leagues are pitcher Aaron Nola (Phillies), second baseman D.J. LeMahieu (Rockies), outfielder Mikie Mahtook (Rays), pitcher Kevin Gausman (Orioles), pitcher Nick Goody (Yankees), pitcher Nick Rumbelow (Yankees), pitcher Charlie Furbush (Mariners), infielder Aaron Hill (Diamondbacks) and pitcher Will Harris (Astros).
Eight of the 10 current LSU big leaguers were coached by Paul Mainieri, who has produced a total of 11 MLB players during his nine-season LSU tenure.
Highlights for LSU’s major leaguers this season include an All-Star game start for LeMahieu, who is batting .318 with six homers and 52 RBI. Nola, who made his MLB debut in July, has already won five games and posted 44 strikeouts for the Phillies, Gausman has recorded 70 strikeouts in 82.1 innings for the Orioles, and Mahtook has three homers and seven RBI in 19 games with the Rays.
Harris has five wins and a 1.34 ERA this season as a reliever for the Astros, and Hill, a former All-Star, has five homers and 36 RBI for the Diamondbacks.
Though currently on the disabled list, Furbush has a 2.08 ERA in 33 relief appearances for the Mariners. Rumbelow has a win and a 2.53 ERA in 11 relief appearances for the Yankees, and Goody has three strikeouts in four relief appearances, also for the Yankees.