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Chicago White Sox Sign Former TCU OF Jason Coats

Great news from Chicago, where Jason Coats is joining the Chicago White Sox organization.

This news, coming from TCU Athletics...

Former TCU baseball player Jason Coats has officially signed with the Chicago White Sox, the team that drafted him in the 29th round of the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.

"We are all so excited for Jason," said head coach Jim Schlossnagle. "After a tough injury at the worst possible time, he has really rebounded and worked hard to resume his career. The White Sox aren't just getting a great player, they are getting a very special young man."

Coats was a four-year member of the TCU baseball team from 2009-12. A three-time first-team all-Mountain West performer, he was an integral part of four conference championships, four NCAA Regionals, three NCAA Super Regionals and the Frogs' first ever trip to Omaha. His career was cut short by a season-ending injury on May 20 against San Diego State.

Coats left an indelible mark on the TCU record book becoming just the second Horned Frog to tally 300 career hits and 200 career RBIs. He is the all-time leader in at-bats (909) and doubles (69). A career .334 hitter, Coats finished his career with 304 hits, 69 doubles, 12 triples, 33 home runs, 201 RBIs and 191 runs scored. All 227 career starts have come in left field.

He completed his degree in accounting in May of 2012.

The injury in question was a knee injury, which severely limited Coats through the end of the 2012 season.

With Coats now in the White Sox organization, I project TCU will have between 18 and 19 former players playing professional baseball in 2013.