Coleman Returns to Big Leagues with Detroit

by Bill Franques
Coleman Returns to Big Leagues with Detroit

BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU pitcher Louis Coleman has been called up to the Major League roster of the Detroit Tigers, increasing LSU’s number of 2018 MLB players to 11.

Coleman, a right-hander from Schlater, Miss., had appeared in 13 games this season for the AAA Toledo Mud Hens, posting a 2.40 ERA and 15 strikeouts in 15 relief innings.

Detroit is Coleman’s third MLB club, as he played five seasons with the Kansas City Royals (2011-15) and one season with the Los Angeles Dodgers (2016). Coleman joins on the Detroit roster two other former LSU players – outfielders Mikie Mahtook and JaCoby Jones.

Along with Coleman, Mahtook and Jones, former LSU players that have appeared on MLB rosters this season are pitcher Aaron Nola (Phillies), second baseman DJ LeMahieu (Rockies), pitcher Kevin Gausman (Orioles), pitcher Nick Goody (Indians), third baseman Alex Bregman (Astros), pitcher Will Harris (Astros), infielder Ryan Schimpf (Angles) and outfielder Andrew Stevenson (Nationals).

Ten of the 2018 LSU big leaguers were coached by Paul Mainieri, who has produced a total of 15 MLB players during his 12-season LSU tenure.