- Doug Padilla, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Add yet another highly-touted outfield prospect to the Chicago White Sox system, as the club moved this week to sign TCU product Jason Coats.
Coats, a slugging left fielder, was selected in the 29th round by the White Sox in June despite suffering an ACL tear just weeks before the draft. Not only a .334 career hitter in his four seasons at TCU, Coats also drove in 201 runs and hit 33 home runs. His 69 career doubles are a school record.
His stock fell considerably after the May 20 injury, suffered while he was rounding first base in a game against San Diego State. Since Coats was a senior, the club had until May to sign him. He graduated last spring with a degree in accounting.
Coats' deal included a $1,000 signing bonus, making it a low-risk proposition for a player that could have a big upside. There are no indications on how long it will be before Coats is back to full speed.
The White Sox already boast a strong collection of outfield prospects that include Courtney Hawkins, Trayce Thompson, Keenyn Walker and Jared Mitchell. Coats would have plenty of catching up to do before reaching the level of that group.