Jason Coats

Outfielder Jason Coats of the Charlotte Knights waits for his turn in the batting cage (FutureSox/Matt Cassidy)

Outfielder Jason Coats of the Charlotte Knights waits for his turn in the batting cage (FutureSox/Matt Cassidy)

Position: OF
Born: 2/24/90
Ht: 6'2" Wt: 200 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 29th Round in 2012 out of TCU
Career Stats

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #21 - 2015 Midseason
  • #18 - 2016 Preseason
  • #14 - 2016 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • 2013 South Atlantic League All Star
  • 2014 Carolina League All Star

Scouting report
Coats was drafted in the 29th round, but would have been taken much higher if not for a knee injury late in his final season at TCU (he had been drafted in the 12th round in 2011 but didn't sign). That injury also kept him out of pro play during his draft year, delaying his development a bit and putting him about a year old for level his first couple seasons. In 2013 he posted decent numbers with Low A Kannapolis (.271/.320/.426, 12 HR, 38 2B, 15.1% K/PA in 133 games) and stole 12 bases in 15 attempts. Going to High-A Winston-Salem in 2014 he improved his hitting numbers across the board (.291/.350/.487, 15 HR, 35 2B, 13.6% K/PA). He was promoted late that year to AA Birmingam but only got in 19 games. He opened 2015 on a tear back in AA (.340 AVG, 9 2B in 12 games) and was promoted to AAA Charlotte before April was even out. After some early adjustment struggles (.244/.276/.386, 45 K, 10 BB in 262 PA through June), he finished the year strong (.296/.350/.490, 48 K, 19 BB in 268 PA in July-Sep) and his overall numbers were similar to Trayce Thompson's (while 1.5 years older). 2016 has been a big year for Jason, posting a big .335/.399/.567 line in AAA Charlotte and getting his first big league call-up in June. He only got 29 plate appearances though as the Sox continued to stick with Avisail Garcia, and Coats lost the numbers game and was demoted back to Charlotte after the All Star break.

In terms of tools, Coats is primarily a line drive hitter with a good combo of contact and power. He doesn't walk much, but he does work counts and has a good enough feel for hitting to hit for high average. He's got quiet hands in the box, but accelerates the head out quickly and shows surprising bat speed. Defensively, Coats is above average on the corners and possesses a decent arm that makes him profile as a right fielder. He's played some CF as well and can make that work in a pinch. There's some speed there, though he's not likely to be a prolific base stealer going forward. His power is somewhat of an open question, but in full time play if his hit tool works, he should be a 50-grade power hitter. All told, this is a player without a standout tool, but also without the glaring weaknesses we are accustomted to seeing in Sox outfield prospects.

Major League Outlook: 2nd division starting RF if everything comes together, or 4th OF
ETA: 2016

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