It has been almost four years since Mr. Coleman came on in relief to shutdown the Texas Longhorns and deliver the National Title back to Baton Rouge. No doubt, he will always be remembered for being on the mound for that last out.
He recorded quite a few outs for the tigers throughout his 4 year career, and was downright dominant in 2009, earning numerous first team All-American honors as well as being named the SEC Pitcher of the Year.
Let\'s take a look back on his collegiate career, then jump into the now and check out what Mr. Coleman is doing in the bigs...
Career as a Tiger
Coming from Mississippi to Louisiana, it did not take long for Coleman to make an impact for the LSU Tigers. He won his first career start in early February against Centenary, and emerged as LSU\'s Friday night starter once SEC play rolled around.
His sophomore and junior seasons saw him contribute more from the bullpen, and he performed well as a long reliever and closer. As a junior he led the Tigers with an ERA of 1.95, an 8-1 record and two saves in 55.1 innings of work.
After passing up an offer from the Washington Nationals in the 14th round of the 2008 draft, he came back super strong for his senior year. His 2.39 ERA in 129 innings led the Tigers back to the promise land. He finished the season second in the nation in wins going 14-2 and was fourth in strikeouts, with 142. He made four appearances in the College World Series that year, recording 18 K\'s in 15 innings. In the Super Regional versus Rice, he was stellar, allowing three runs over eight innings while striking out five.
Overall, Coleman won 29 games for the Tigers, 8th-most in school history.
Louis signed with the Kansas City Royals after being drafted in the 5th round of the June 2009 amateur draft. He moved with ease throughout the Royal\'s farm system, pitching well enough to quickly earn promotions and make it to Triple A in only his second full year.
Over 130 minor league innings pitched, Coleman boasts a quite impressive ERA of 2.22, and 152 K\'s compared to only 37 walks issued. Settling in as a full time reliever, he has posted a total record of 11-6 with 12 games saved.
Welcome to the Big\'s
Less than two years after being drafted, Coleman made his big league debut for the Royals on April 21, 2011, throwing two strong innings without surrendering a run against the Cleveland Indians. He found himself a spot in the Kansas City bullpen and did very well for a rookie, posting a 2.88 ERA and a record of 1-4. He averaged more than one K per inning as he fanned 64 on the year in 59.2 innings.
He started 2012 back in Triple A Omaha, was called up in April, sent back down to the minors, but again was called up two weeks ago, and should look to stick with the big league club for the remainder of the season. So far on the year he\'s got a 2.92 ERA and 9 K\'s through 12 innings pitched.
Keep up the hard work Louis! You\'ll always be remembered for the 2009 championship run, so see if you can bring some luck to the poor Royals...
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