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Royals Roster Move: Will Smith to Omaha, Louis Coleman Called Up

After giving up two homers in Sunday’s loss – including the first of Eric Sogard‘s season (in 223 plate appearances) – the Royals optioned Will Smith to Omaha and recalled Louis Coleman.

Smith also threw three innings, so, as the Royals head to New York to take on the Yankees, they may be lining up another reliever to have available with a fresh arm. Coleman hasn’t pitched in Omaha since July 5. With Bruce Chen soaking up innings after Luis Mendoza‘s early exit yesterday, it’s all hands on deck in case they need the help.

Smith pitched fine when he was up. The three runs allowed were the only ones Smith had given up since returning as a reliever and he didn’t walk a batter as a reliever.

May 30, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Louis Coleman (31) throws to a St. Louis Cardinals batter during the eighth inning at Busch Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

Coleman has been fantastic in Omaha, which isn’t surprising since he’s always been a very good major league reliever. He was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team for his efforts and has a 1.61 ERA in 44.2 innings for the Storm Chasers. Left-handed batters have a .355 OPS against him at that level. Not batting average, not even on base percentage. OPS.

Unreal. Those are video game numbers.

Coleman’s career splits at the big league level aren’t so drastic, but he’s still been very good, and I’m always confused why he hasn’t stuck at the big league level. He’d fit in any bullpen in the majors, yet the Royals always have trouble finding a spot for him while he has options. I can see that J.C. Gutierrez has pitched at a passable level, but he hasn’t been relied on in many important situations. The Royals crave “inventory” even if it means they willingly don’t have the most talent on the active roster.

Topics: Kansas City Royals, Louis Coleman, Will Smith

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  • jimfetterolf

    Trade deadline is coming up and I see a strong effort to move JC and Chen, probably also Hoch, so I expect will Smith and Herrera back along with Paulino, either in the ‘pen or moving Mendoza to long relief. If no trades, I could see both JC and chen dfa’ed. Good to see Coleman back, I like his work.

    • Michael Engel

      I can see some of that but I don’t see Paulino coming back this year, or, at least, not anytime soon. Keeps finding new hurdles. Give him 30 days from today to get back, even, and he’s really not going to have a big impact at that rate. Just feels less and less likely that he’ll hit the field this year to me. Nobody has pitched incredibly bad, but things like Chen’s inherited runner performance and Gutierrez just feeling like a ticking time bomb…I’d rather just having the best guys out there and if they get hit, well, they get hit. Tip your cap and all of that.

      • jimfetterolf

        Paulino’s “hurdles” look a little like delaying tactics to keep his rehab going and look to be aiming for the ASB. Then, unless they get an excuse to DL him again, they have to do something. Personally, I’ld put him in the ‘pen for the rest of the year, let him ease back looking to the rotation in ’14, but Mendoza is looking a little wobbly, Ned Yost mentioned too much winter ball, so there may be a rotation spot opening. Should get interesting.

        • Michael Engel

          Yeah, I wanted to say something about Mendoza’s long winter ball season giving him trouble later on but I don’t think I did. Woulda looked pretty smart today, but. Oh well.

          • jimfetterolf

            I think we discussed it, Mendoza was in game shape in SP, which won him the job, but also might be a problem late. I think another problem may be hot, dry weather throwing a sinker. Way he throws it is fingers on the hide, thumb under on the seam, and it works best a little slippery. All in all, I see him back in the ‘pen as long relief after the ASB.

          • Michael Engel

            Chen to the rotation for Mendoza. More to come on the site later.

    • Michael Engel

      But yeah, always glad to see Coleman up. Liked him back when he ripped up rookie leagues right after signing.