From Baseball Instinct’s ‘Chicago White Sox 2013 Top 21 Prospects List’:
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.
Check out the rest of the prospects at the link.
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For the first time since 2001, the White Sox selected a high-school player with their top pick in the First-Year Player Draft.
Courtney Hawkins, an outfielder with big power from Carroll High School in Texas and also a top-notch pitcher, was the White Sox choice at No. 13 on Monday night. Chris Sale was the last 13th pick for the White Sox back in 2010, but Hawkins will take a little longer to reach the Majors than the two months it took Sale.
Hawkins stands at 6-foot-4, 220 pounds and is from Corpus Christi, having already made a collegiate commitment to the University of Texas. After getting the word of his selection and before doing an interview with MLB Network’s Sam Ryan, Hawkins did a celebratory back flip while wearing a White Sox jersey.
Hawkins stands 6-foot-3 and 210 pounds. He’s a freak athlete who fits the power-hitting right field profile to a T. He shows excellent power potential and a strong arm, as he’s also been up to 95 mph off the mound. Hawkins is playing in the Texas high school semi-finals this week.
ESPN Scouts Inc. describes Hawkins as “one of the most explosive hitters in this year’s draft, combining brute strength with excellent bat speed for very hard contact (when he makes it). … If he hits, he’s a potential All-Star who’ll hit for average and power with value on defense. There’s just more performance risk here because he doesn’t fully repeat his swing and lacks experience against better-quality pitching.”
13. Chicago White Sox – Courtney Hawkins OF/RHP Carroll HS, Corpus Christi, Texas – Hawkins is committed to Texas, but with some of the best game ready power in the high school class this year he may go high enough to sway his commitment. He has a solid 6’3″, 215 lbs frame and is an above average runner with a plus arm for RF.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.The Pick – Draft Helium and Hawkins deserved it. He projects to have plus power and this is a big strong kid. Inside the bulky frame is a lot of athleticism. Very much a South side type of player. He should fit in well with the White Sox.
At the plate is where Hawkins can really show his potential. He is raw in his approach and will likely have his share of strike outs because he gets out front on off speed pitches and generally attacks each pitch. The positive from that is the power he produces. He isn’t just a batting practice hitter. He can hit against game pitching and has usable power that no other high school hitter and few college hitters from this class can match.His speed is impressive, his power is well above average and he could give CF a run in pro ball. He could be a 20-20 guy, or a 30-10 guy in pro ball. If he decides not to sign, he is committed to Texas and could help turn that program around with CJ Hinojosa, but he should go in the top half of the 1st round and sign there.
Courtney Hawkins’ twitter page is @CHawkins10.
And here are some Youtube videos of Hawkins: