COATS EARNS PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONOR
WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (June 9, 2014) – Outfielder Jason Coats has been named the Carolina League Player of the Week for his efforts during the week of June 2-8, the league office announced Monday. It’s the first time a Dash player has earned the award this season.
In seven games last week, Coats batted .464 (13-for-28) with three doubles, three home runs, 11 RBI and eight runs scored. The 24-year-old is also in the midst of a 10-game hitting streak, the second-longest active stretch in the Carolina League.
Coats’ largest output came in the finale of a three-game series against Carolina Sunday afternoon, slugging two homers and matching a career-high with five RBI. He finished 2-for-4 in the contest.
On the year, Coats is tied for second in the Carolina League with 10 home runs. The Texas native ranks near the circuit’s top-five in extra-base hits and slugging percentage.
This is the third straight weekly honor for a member of the Dash this season. Myles Jaye won the Carolina League Pitcher of the Week award for May 26-June 1, while Frank Montas earned the Pitcher of the Week distinction for May 19-25.
Last season, Winston-Salem captured Carolina League Player of the Week honors once. Courtney Hawkins accomplished the feat for games played during the week of June 3-10, 2013.
• Dash shortstop Tim Anderson has been added to the Carolina League All-Star team, the league announced Tuesday.
The 20-year-old joins teammate Hawkins in the California-Carolina League All-Star Game, which will take place next Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. in Wilmington, Delaware.
Anderson, an Alabama native, is hitting .306 with four home runs and 19 RBI. Anderson’s batting average currently ranks fourth in the Carolina League and second to Birmingham catcher Kevan Smith among White Sox qualifiers. Anderson also places in the top five within the CL in hits (66, T-4th), slugging percentage (.491, 3rd), triples (7, 3rd), total bases (106, T-3rd) and extra-base hits (25, 4th).
This is the first All-Star selection for Anderson, in his first full season of pro ball after being Chicago’s first-round pick in 2013.