|Report Date:||April 10th, 2018|
Coleman has been a stalwart in the Missouri State rotation since stepping foot on campus as a freshman, logging 30 starts and 171 innings over his first two years in Springfield. Now a junior, Coleman has blossomed into a potential early day two draft pick, pitching to a 5-1 record with 63 strikeouts in 55.1 innings and a .175 batting average against. In a recent start against Evansville, Coleman allowed six hits and four earned runs over six innings while striking out six and walking none.
At 6’6” and 240 pounds, Coleman has an XL frame, with a thick, muscular lower half that generates power in the form of mid-90’s velocity. Augmenting his height, Coleman employs a high three-quarter arm slot that creates downhill plain. Coleman relies heavily on his low 80’s slider, his best secondary offering with tight vertical movement that misses plenty of bats. There is a moderate-to-high level of effort in Coleman’s delivery, with an abbreviated arm circle and he finishes with a head whack. Though he didn’t walk any hitters in this viewing, Coleman has a history of control problems, as he’s walked nearly five hitters per nine innings in his collegiate career.
Though he’ll be given the opportunity to start, the effort in Coleman’s delivery, lack of present control and the potential for two plus pitches indicate that he profiles best as a high leverage reliever.