On Tuesday, the Royals traded Omaha outfielder Buck Coats to the White Sox for cash considerations. Coats produced a .315/.377/.389 line in 62 plate appearances for Omaha. The White Sox assigned him to Double-A Birmingham.
Coats was not considered a prospect in the Royals system, and lost playing time after the Royals claimed Jai Miller off waivers in late April. David Lough and Jordan Parraz, both generally considered top-30 prospects, took priority in the lineup over Coats.
With Alex Gordon shifting positions to left field after his demotion to Omaha, Coats became expendable as roster depth. The Coats trade likely signals that Gordon will have an extended look in the outfield at Omaha and should an outfielder need to be called it, it’s more than likely to be Lough or possibly Parraz.