Jason Coats

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Outfielder Jason Coats played 28 games in the big leagues.

Coats was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 12th round of the 2011 amateur draft out of TCU, but opted not to sign. He signed after being taken by the Chicago White Sox in the 29th round in 2012. Debuting with the Kannapolis Intimidators in 2013, he hit .271/.320/.426 with 12 home runs, 38 doubles, 12 stolen bases and 84 RBI in 133 games. In 2014, he batted .288/.342/.467 with 15 home runs, 38 doubles and 81 RBI in 134 games between the Winston-Salem Dash and Birmingham Barons. He was an MiLB.com Organization All-Star in 2013 and 2014, a midseason All-Star in 2013 and a postseason All-Star in 2014. He split the 2015 season between Birmingham (12 games) and the AAA Charlotte Knights of the International League (122 games). His combined batting line was .276/.317/.446 with 17 homers, 62 runs scored and 83 RBI. Coincidentally, it was also his third straight year of hitting exactly 38 doubles.

On March 10, 2016, during spring training with the White Sox, he was in the middle of two rare plays in the same game against the Kansas City Royals: in the 5th inning, he started a 7-6-3 triple play by catching a line drive off the bat of Tony Cruz, then in the 7th, a line drive hit by Drew Butera tipped off his glove and turned into an inside-the-park home run. Coats made his big league debut in June, batting .200/.298/.340 in 50 at bats with a home run and four RBI. In January 2017, he was claimed on waivers by the Tampa Bay Rays and almost immediately released after tearing his right UCL. He was lured back into their organization to play in 2018, playing two seasons with the Durham Bulls before becoming a minor league free agent.

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