Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Welcome to the Blue, Daniel Coulombe!

Filed under unexpected, the Dodgers called up Chattanooga Lookouts left-handed reliever Daniel Coulombe to join the bullpen.  He is 24-years old, 5' 10", 185 lbs. and will wear #64.  Also, this is his very first trip to the "Show".  Congrats, kiddo!

Coulombe was originally drafted by the Dodgers in 2008 in the 17th Round, but elected to go to college instead.  He pitched at USC, then Texas Tech and had Tommy John Surgery in 2011.  Then in 2012 he was again drafted by the Dodgers in the 25th Round and immediately signed up.  Since then, Coulombe has quickly advanced from rookie ball to AA in less than three season.  Per a Dodger press release:
Coulombe, 24, combined to go 3-0 with six saves and a 2.89 ERA in 49 relief appearances with Single-A Rancho Cucamonga and Double-A Chattanooga this year. He posted a 2.57 ERA (6 ER/21.0 IP) with 31 strikeouts and only 10 walks in 18 regular-season appearances with the Lookouts after his July 17 promotion and also helped key Chattanooga's run to the Southern League championship series with three saves during the postseason. Overall, Coulombe limited opponents to a .214 batting average in the minors with 92 strikeouts and only 27 walks in 65.1 innings, including a .204 mark against left-handed hitters (20-for-98) and a .221 average against righties (31-for-140).
Daniel Coulombe has been very good this year, and could prove to be a sleeper arm in the 'pen.  He joins a left-handed bullpen that includes JP Howell, Scott Elbert, Paco Rodriguez and Paul Maholm.

In celebration of Daniel Coulombe's becoming a Dodger for the first time I made the above fantasy card for him.  I used a photograph taken by Ron Cervenka of Think Blue LA and the 1987 Topps Baseball card design.

Below are his career statistics, via Baseball Reference:

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