Coleman signed a minor league deal with the Padres in late November, Baseball America reports. Coleman slashed .239/.296/.399 with Triple-A Omaha last season in 207 plate appearances spread across 56 games, while also making five major league plate appearances. He struck out in 28 percent of his Triple-A plate appearances, while walking just 5.8 percent of the time. He'll need to correct those numbers if he wants an extended run in the big leagues in 2017.
Coleman was assigned to minor league camp Wednesday, Josh Vernier of 610 Sports Radio in Kansas City reports. Coleman spent time at the Double and Triple-A levels in 2015, and he figures to open 2016 at Triple-A with his eye on a potential call up at some point later in the season. Coleman saw action in four major league games in 2015, going 0-for-5 at the plate with three strikeouts.
The Royals made a pair of moves impacting their infield on Friday. The team recalled third baseman Cheslor Cuthbert from Triple-A Omaha, while sending down third baseman Dusty Coleman, according to The Kansas City Star.
The Royals have sent shortstop Christian Colon to Triple-A Omaha and promoted fellow infielder Dusty Coleman from the same team, MLB.com has reported. Colon played sparingly after a stint as a starter in the wake of an injury to Alcides Escobar. A 3-for-22 slide has lowered his average from .286 to .244. The 28-year-old Coleman should finally receive an opportunity to make his big-league debut, but his promotion might be mistimed. He is in a 2-for-17 slump, though his slash line still stands at a fine .303/.383/.469.