Courtney Hawkins

Courtney HawkinsPosition: OF
Born: 11/12/93
Ht: 6'3" Wt: 220 B-T: R-R
Acquired: Drafted 1st Round in 2012 out of high school (13th overall)
Career Stats

 

FutureSox Prospect Rankings

  • #1 - 2012 Midseason
  • #1 - 2013 Preseason
  • #4 - 2013 Midseason
  • #6 - 2014 Preseason
  • #3 - 2014 Midseason

FutureSox Media

Accolades

  • FutureSox Hitter of the Month - August/September 2012
  • 2013 White Sox Best Power Hitter (Baseball America)
  • 2013 White Sox Best Athlete (Baseball America)
  • 2013 #55 MLB prospect (Baseball America)
  • 2014 Carolina League All-Star
  • 2014 Carolina League Post-Season All Star

Scouting report
The White Sox made Hawkins their first high school first round pick since Kris Honel in 2001 and first high school position player since Jeff Liefer in 1995. The Texan joined a deep group of athletic outfielders in the system. Scouts love him because he has big power potential and the size, speed and arm strength to become a prototypical starting rightfielder in the Majors. He pitched in high school and reportedly had a low 90s fastball, but that arm strength comes in handy in the outfield. Hawkins is a solid fielder with above average speed, but his power is his best tool. He has shown the ability to crush fastballs to all fields and some rated him the best power bat in the 2012 draft. Like any young power hitter he will strike out, and has done plenty of that since turning pro. The excitement he created by moving all the way from rookie level Bristol to High-A Winston-Salem in 2012 was mitigated by his disastrous 2013. He struck out in 37.6% of his plate appearances with the Dash in 2013, a sharp rise from the 22.4% over three levels in 2012. He was the youngest player in the Carolina League, but a .178 batting average isn't going to cut it. Hawkins did hit 19 HR. He repeated Winston-Salem in 2014 with better numbers across the board, but still struck out in more than a quarter of his plate appearances. Courtney's ceiling remains high, but his minor league performance has shown he likely will never hit for even decent contact rates.

Major League Outlook: Low contact, high power outfielder
ETA: 2017

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