The Oakland A's acquired left-hander Daniel Coulombe from the Los Angeles Dodgers for cash considerations on Thursday. Coulombe had been designated for assignment by the Dodgers. To make room for Coulombe on the A's 40-man roster, Oakland moved right-hander Evan Scribner to the 60-day disabled list with a torn lat muscle. Scribner was already slated to miss the rest of the season with the injury.
Coulombe was a 25th-round pick of the Dodgers out of Texas Tech in 2012. Pitching exclusively as a reliever, he moved quickly up the Dodgers' farm system, reaching the big leagues last season in only his second full year as a professional. He allowed two earned runs in 4.1 innings over five appearances for the Dodgers in 2014. In 2015, Coulombe spent most of the season with Triple-A Oklahoma City, but he did make five mid-season appearances for the Dodgers. He allowed seven runs in 8.1 innings with seven strike-outs and six walks.
In the minor leagues, Coulombe has been very good. In 198.2 career minor league innings, he has 255 strike-outs and a 3.40 ERA. This year, he struck-out 41 and walked 24 in 41.1 innings for OKC.
Coulombe is a Scottsdale, Arizona, native. He originally attended USC out of high school, but left the school after appearing in just four games as a freshman. He transferred to a JUCO after that, but missed most of his sophomore season with a shoulder injury. Coulombe then transferred to Texas Tech, where he was a starter for the Red Raiders before tearing his UCL and having Tommy John surgery. He returned to the mound late in the 2012 season and made only 10 appearances, but still drew the attention of the Dodgers' scouts and was selected in the draft.
Coulombe features a low-90s fastball, two breaking balls (a 12-6 curveball and a slider) and a solid change-up. Righties have generally had a tougher time hitting Coulombe than lefties even though he is a southpaw. He will have an opportunity to work his way into the A's 2016 bullpen mix this month.