With the 13th pick in the 2012 draft the White Sox selected Courtney Hawkins. Hawkins is a “toolsy” high school outfielder with power. With a big smile the kid out of Carroll High School in Texas said he was so happy he could do a back flip. And then he did a back flip. Yeah, a back flip.
“OH MY GOD NO WHAT ARE YOU DOING?!” Is what I imagine Kenny Williams said from the Sox war room. If KW had problems with Mark Buehrle sliding on a rainy tarp something tells me he wasn’t too pleased with his newest draft pick doing a back flip in wing tips.
Hawkins is a powerhouse standing at 6’3” 215 lbs, bringing plus power, plus arm, and average or better speed to the table. Hawkins projects to play right field, and his arm will be a weapon from that position as well.
The H.S. pick comes as a bit of a surprise as the White Sox haven’t selected a player out of high school since 2001 when they drafted Kris Honel, a pitcher out of Providence Catholic High School in Bourbonnais, IL.
Hawkins also pitched in high school. I look forward to a mismanaged game, many many years from now, when the bullpen is depleted and Hawkins can come in, throw some heat and hear everybody say, “Wow! Who knew?!”