Well, I guess after saying goodbye to Matt Purke, it's only fitting that we keep talking about the White Sox and give you an update on Jason Coats, the other new Frog in the League. Coats was called up in early June to join the Sox.
When we last looked at Coats' stats, he hadn't gotten his first MLB hit yet. That ugly .000 AVG was staring us all in the face. June 18 and 19, the Sox played games 2 and 3 of a 3-game series against the Indians. Coats went hitless and the Sox lost those games 13-2 and 3-2, respectively. June 20 was game 1 of a 4-game series against the Red Sox, and Chicago squeaked out a 3-1 win. But Coats still didn't have an MLB hit.
Then on June 22, that finally changed. Coats hit a ground rule double to deep right field to start the top of the 3rd. He was brought in on an error by third baseman Travis Shaw, to put Chicago up 2-0. They went on to win the game 8-6.
Someone grab that ball!— Chicago White Sox (@whitesox) June 22, 2016
Jason Coats' 1st career hit is a ground rule double!
Coats was a designated hitter on June 30 against the Twins. He hit for Matt Davidson in the bottom of the 6th and hit a fly ball to right for the out. In the bottom of the 8th, he walked and was got to third before the inning ended. The White Sox won 6-5.
On July 4, the Sox were home against the Yankees. Coats had 4 at-bats, which is a rare opportunity, given his job as a designated hitter for a good portion of the games he's played. He singled to center to start the bottom of the 3rd. Then Tim Anderson hit a homerun to bring Coats in and tie the game. In the bottom of the 4th, Coats actually got to second base on a throwing error by the Yankees shortstop, Didi Gregorious. Then he got to third on an Anderson sacrifice to third. The White Sox won 8-2.
Jason Coats singles up the middle to start B3. #WhiteSox trail 2-0.— Dan Hayes (@CSNHayes) July 4, 2016
Jason Coats singles, and Tim Anderson homers to center off CC Sabathia to tie this one up.— Daryl Van Schouwen (@CST_soxvan) July 4, 2016
So that brings us to the All-Star break. On July 15, Coats was sent back down to Triple A.
.@WhiteSox reinstate 1B Justin Morneau from injury rehabilitation; option OF Jason Coats to Triple-A Charlotte.— MLBRosterMoves (@MLBRosterMoves) July 15, 2016
Is it official. Carson Fulmer up, Jason Coats down to AAA, Justin Morneau recalled from rehab assignment.— SoxNet (@SoxNet) July 15, 2016
While his time with the White Sox was brief, he seemed to enjoy it (including his initiation stitches).
He's still young, and hopefully the Big League Jitters will be gone the next time he gets called up. For now, we'll cheer for him in the minors and hope to see him back in the outfield in Chicago soon. And hopefully without stitches this time.
Coats MLB AVG is currently .091.