White Sox Prospects: Courtney Hawkins with Winston-Salem Dash
Apr 5, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; A general view of a Chicago White Sox players glove and hat before a game against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
With the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft around the corner (June 5) Southside Showdown will take a look back at some of the top selections made by the Chicago White Sox the past 10 years and see how they are faring in the game of baseball.
First we looked at last year’s first round pick Tim Anderson who is playing for the Winston-Salem Dash, now let’s look at the first round pick by the White Sox in 2012, which is Courtney Hawkins.
Hawkins is an outfielder who was selected 13th overall.
June 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first round draft choiceCourtney Hawkins
throws out the first pitch before a game against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports
Headed into Sunday’s game Hawkins is batting .258 in 51 games, with an on-base percentage of .348 and a .500 slugging percentage. In his 182 at-bats the right-handed batter had 47 hits, including 12 doubles, one triple and 10 home runs.
Hawkins in those batting stats has also collected 38 RBIs and has scored 29 runs, along with forcing 25 walks against Advanced Class-A competition.
Last season with the Dash, Hawkins in 103 games batted just .178 with 19 home runs and 62 RBIs. Of his 68 hits, he had 16 doubles and three triples.
In an article on Jan. 25 by CSN Chicago, it states:
"“The White Sox are confident in Hawkins’ ability, which director of player development Nick Capra said was impressively on display during a hitters mini-camp in Arizona earlier this winter. If that showing can translate to the grind of a minor league season, then Hawkins will get his fast track wish.”"
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Hawkins’ past 10 games has seen him bat .257 with inn hits, seven runs, two walks and one home run.
It seems Hawkins is improved from where he was with the Dash last season, and if he continues this pace, maybe we’ll see him promoted to Double-A sometime this season during what is his second full-time season with the Dash.
Before Sunday, Hawkins has played in 113 games in the minors.