1. Courtney Hawkins, OF 11/12/1993 H: 6’3” W: 220 - Hawkins is a power prospect with a solid frame and potential plus power.We got the chance to see Hawkins at the WWBA in 2011 and he made enough of an impact to be ranked at our #16 spot pre draft. He’s got a shorter development path than most HS draftees and should start the 2013 season in High-A. With his power comes the obvious high K rate, but he makes hard contact and uses the whole field, so some development time should allow him to pick better pitches and bring his bb rate closer to his K rate. Here’s our take pre draft:
Our Instinct - Hawkins bat is ready for the move to the pro stage. He’s not a power only hitter, willing to take a walk and work the count. With instruction he’ll be able to further employ his game power in better hitters counts. He makes consistent hard contact and uses the whole field with plus plus power to the pull side. He has the arm to stick in the more premium RF corner. But CF won’t be a play for him in pro ball. ETA: 2015.
2012 by the numbers: .284/.324/.480, 26 XBH(8 HR), 11 SB, .345 BABIP, 56/11 K/BB ratio in 229 ab’s between Rookie-A and Low-A, with a brief stop at High-A. 2012 1st round draft pick, 13th overall.
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