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.