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White Sox sign 29th round pick Jason Coats

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Late season injury caused senior to drop in draft

The Renisdorf discusses increasing his spending on the Rule 4 draft with the Spawn of The Renisdorf.
The Renisdorf discusses increasing his spending on the Rule 4 draft with the Spawn of The Renisdorf.
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The White Sox signed their 29th round pick from the 2012 draft, TCU outfielder Jason Coats. Coats was considered a 6th-10th round talent prior to tearing the ACL in his right knee in a game against San Diego State in May 2012. As a senior, the White Sox had until May 2013 to sign him.

The Orioles drafted Coats in the 12th round of the 2011 draft but Coats chose to return to TCU after his monetary demands were not met by Baltimore, who are believed to have offered him 4th round money while Coats was looking for 2nd or 3rd round money. That looks to have been at least a poor financial decisions, as the White Sox are believed to have given him a $1,000 signing bonus.

Coats is a left-fielder with some pop and decent speed. He'll be 23 years old next season but it is unclear when he will complete his rehab and be able to play in professional games. The right-handed hitting Plano, Texas native would likely begin his career with one of the White Sox' Rookie League affiliates.