Casey Coleman wasn’t even on the Cubs radar in April.
Now he’s a candidate to make the 2011 starting rotation.
That’s a huge improvement from his humble beginning this August,
when the Cubs summoned Coleman from Triple-A Iowa.
In his first four relief outings with Chicago he posted an 8.64 ERA.
But a transition to the rotation sparked the 23-year-old.
Coleman is (3-0) with a 2.25 ERA through his last three starts, including seven scoreless innings in Friday’s 2-0 win against Houston.
He’s kept the ball down, limited his pitch count, and has pitched six or more innings in his last seven starts, seemingly improving each outing.
Although Coleman is basically an unknown, his success isn’t all that surprising.
Last year he earned the Cubs Minor League Pitcher of the Year Award.
This year he posted a (10-7) record at Iowa, including two complete games, and was riding a four-game win streak before his call-up.
It’s time to get familiar with Casey Coleman. The kid can pitch, and there’s little doubt Coleman won’t be on the radar next spring.