Buck Coats: I'm pretty hyped up about it, man. It's a great honor to be able to play amongst the best. I was surprised that I got picked, because there are a lot of good ballplayers in this league. I'm just thankful that I'm one of them.
Inside The Ivy: Were you surprised that any of your teammates made the all-star team over others?
Buck Coats: I really didn't pay too much attention to it. Brandon Sing is obviously a great ballplayer and a great teammate. I wish he would have made it with us, but that doesn't mean he won't play in the big leagues, because I think he will one day. He's having a good season and is starting to come back.
Inside The Ivy: Describe your season and how satisfied you are overall right now.
Buck Coats: Things are going pretty good. You have your up's and down's, and right now I'm kind of in one of those down's at the plate.
Inside The Ivy: Has anything led to that?
Buck Coats: I can't tell you, because I've been seeing the ball fine. The first game of the Mobile series, I got some tough pitching, and the second game I lined out three or four times all over the field. I started trying to press a little bit and one thing led to another. But getting out of that series is good for me. I can't wait to start our new series (with Huntsville) on Thursday.
Inside The Ivy: You're still having your best year ever at the plate. What has been the biggest reason for that?
Buck Coats: I think it's all about seeing the ball and getting good pitches to hit. Getting a chance to go out and play, you have to get in a groove. Von Joshua (hitting coach) has been working with me a lot this year, trying to get me to see the ball. It's hard sometimes, but you have to see your way through everything.
Inside The Ivy: What have been the high and low points of your year?
Buck Coats: My high point I'd say has been hitting. I'm still working on my defense and always will be. I know I can always work hard at it and practice at it. Everything will work out.
Inside The Ivy: How comfortable are you with your defense?
Buck Coats: I'm pretty comfortable. I'm not playing scared like I have in the past. Now, I'm playing like a shortstop, making plays, and doing the best that I can. I think what it is, is I get in a hurry and rush myself, which leads to a lot of throwing errors. My arm angle isn't always in the same slot, so I think that's my main problem. I need to slow down and concentrate more on making good throws.
Inside The Ivy: How much of your success do you attribute to your coaches this year?
Buck Coats: This is a great coaching staff, man. You're lucky to play on this team. They know a lot about the game and it's your decision whether you want to take that with you to the field everyday. I just listen to what they have to say, and I've learned a lot in the last couple of months. I continue to learn more.
For the year, Coats has 22 errors at short. His career best batting average for any year above rookie ball was .296 a year ago at Daytona.