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Dewayne Coleman

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Dewayne Buryl Coleman

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Biographical Information[edit]

DeWayne Coleman is a former minor league baseball pitcher who played from 1985 to 1988 in the Minnesota Twins and Chicago Cubs farm systems. He was originally drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 13rd round of the January phase of the 1985 draft. Choosing not to sign, he waited until he was drafted by the Twins 13th overall in the secondary phase of the June draft of that year to sign.

He began his professional career in 1985. With the Elizabethton Twins, he went 5-1 with a 3.92 ERA in 59 2/3 innings of work. In 1986, he started the season with the Visalia Oaks, going 6-7 with a 6.22 ERA, 69 walks and 49 strikeouts with them. On August 13 of that year, he was involved in a trade that sent himself and Ron Davis to the Cubs for George Frazier, Ray Fontenot, and Julius McDougal. He pitched only 15 innings in the Cubs organization in 1986, posting a solid 1.20 ERA for the Peoria Chiefs. Overall, he went 8-7 with a 5.65 ERA.

Pitching for the Winston-Salem Spirits in 1987, Coleman was used entirely as a reliever and went 1-1 with a 5.83 ERA in 29 1/3 innings of work.

He played his final season in 1988, with the Charleston Wheelers. In 39 relief appearances, he went 2-4 with 8 saves and a 3.12 ERA. Ironically, it would seem as if his final season was his best season.

Overall, in four seasons, Coleman went 16-13 with a 4.81 ERA, 131 walks and 138 strikeouts in 271 2/3 innings of work.

After he retired from baseball, Dewayne Coleman attended Vanguard University to obtain his pastoral degree. He then served as pastor at the People's Church in Fresno and became involved in evangelism.[1][2]