Von Schamann, Coulombe Teammates Twice Over

The Great Lakes Loons have a pair of a college teammates working there way through the farm system together.

A player's journey through the minors can be tough having to bounce from city to city as they move around the parent team's farm system.

What could make it easier is to have a familiar teammate by your side.

Pitchers Duke von Schamann and Daniel Coulombe were both drafted by the Dodgers in 2012 out of Texas Tech and they have moved up the minor leagues together.

"It's pretty cool that we've had the opportunity to play together after going through the whole school season," Coulombe said. "We both went to Ogden and then came here (Midland) and it's been good to have a familiar face from the last two years."

For the last two seasons Von Schamann and Coulombe have been next to each other.

With the Red Raiders von Schamann was the ace and Coulombe was the No. 2 starter, in the draft von Schamann was drafted on day two and Coulombe on day three, they went to the Dodgers Rookie affiliate Ogden together and now they are both with the Great Lakes Loons in Class-A.

"We've played two years together and have been through good times and bad times," von Schamann said.

First to Midland was von Schamann, who has been the Loons most consistent starter and not to long after came Coulombe who has been a good lefty presence in the bullpen.

"It's always nice when you go somewhere and you know someone else," said manager John Shoemaker. "I'm sure it helps that they know each other from college, you don't see a lot of teammates on the same roster."

Both von Schamann and Coulombe have found success with the Loons this season. Von Schamann is 3-3 with a 3.18 ERA and a complete game while Coulombe had an eight game streak where he struck out 11 batters while not giving up a single run.

"Von Schamann has brought a lot of consistency as a starting pitcher, he's able to use all of his pitches in all counts and that has been a big plus for him," Shoemaker said. "Danny has a very good curveball and he's learning different types of times, speeds and locations to use that curveball."

The two Texas Tech baseball alumni have been joined by a few other 2012 Dodger draft picks including second round pick pitcher Steven Rodriguez (now in Class-AA Chattanooga) and 13th round pick shortstop Darnell Sweeney.

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