College Baseball Daily continues our countdown to the start of the 2012 College Baseball season by checking in on the Top 100 Players in the country. We will be providing one player per day until we reach number 1.
We continue the countdown today at number 81 with TCU senior outfielder Jason Coats. The Plano, Texas native attended Plano West High School picking up three letters. As a senior, he had a .450 batting average with a .950 slugging percentage and nine home runs. He was able to help lead the team to a 28-0 record and a 5A state championship. He picked up several honors including being named the MVP of the Texas North/South All-Star game and first team all-state.
Coats was able to secure a spot on the Horned Frogs squad in 2009. He didn’t disappoint as he went right into the starting lineup as a freshman. He appeared in 57 games (54 starts) while having a .316 batting average, six homers, and 32 RBI. He was extremely clutch as 12 out of those 32 RBI came with two outs in the inning. He was named the MOP of the Fort Worth Regional in 2009 in which the Horned Frogs won. He played the summer of 2009 in the Alaskan Baseball League with the Anchorage Glacier Pilots. Coats finished the summer with a .325 average while driving in 30 runs as he helped lead the Pilots to a runner-up finish in the NBC World Series. He was honored by Baseball America as the eighth best prospect in the Alaskan League.
Jason was even better as a sophomore as he finished second on the team with a .361 average, 13 homers, and leading the team with 69 RBI. He also posted a slugging percentage of .617 and an on-base percentage of .403. He picked up several awards including being named to the 2010 First-team All-Mountain West and 2010 NCAA Fort Worth Regional All-Tournament team. After losing in the 2010 College World Series, he spent the summer in the Cape Cod Baseball League with the Bourne Braves. He finished the summer with a .314 average with two homers and 15 RBI. Baseball America rated him the ninth best prospect in the CCBL after the season.
Coats saw a slight dropoff in production as a junior in 2011 hitting .325 with eight homers and 56 RBI while playing in all 62 games. He was named 2011 First-team All-Mountain West and Second-team All-Midwest Region. The Baltimore Orioles selected him in the 11th round but he decided to not sign and return to Fort Worth to finish up his college career.
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