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
  • #7 - 2015 Preseason
  • #9 - 2015 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 loved him because he showed big power potential and the size, speed and arm strength to become a prototypical starting right fielder 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. 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. This earned him a promotion to AA for 2015, where he's put up less stellar numbers and seen his K rate creep back above 30% again. Courtney's ceiling remains high, and at 21 years old he's among the youngest players in AA, so patience is still key. Defenisvely he's improved this year and looks like he should be a competent corner glove with a strong arm. He's made wholesale mechanical changes at the plate and can hit any pitch when he guesses right, but has trouble recognizing what's coming and is currently a mistake hitter. His minor league performance has shown he likely will struggle to hit for even decent contact rates, and that is the crux of the matter for Hawkins.

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

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