White Sox purchase contract of Jason Coats from Class AAA Charlotte

Prior to today's game at Detroit, the Chicago White Sox purchased the contract of outfielder Jason Coats from Class AAA Charlotte.

Coats, 26, takes the roster spot of right-handed pitcher Tommy Kahnle, who was optioned to Charlotte following last night's game. He is batting .335 (55-164) with 13 doubles, two triples, seven home runs, 24 RBI and 26 runs scored over 43 games with Charlotte this season.

Coats, 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, leads the International League in average and ranks third in on-base percentage (.399), slugging percentage (.567) and OPS (.966) while appearing in 31 games in right field and 11 in left. Over his last six games, he has gone 13-24 (.541) with four doubles, three home runs and seven RBI.

A native of Dallas, Coats originally was selected by the White Sox in the 29th round of the 2012 draft out of Texas Christian University. He is a career .284 hitter (486-1,713) with 127 doubles, 51 home runs, 272 RBI and 220 runs scored over four minor-league seasons in the Sox organization. Coats has hit 38 doubles in each of his three full seasons.

Coats, who has no major-league experience, will wear uniform No. 36. The White Sox 40-man roster increases to 39.