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Baseball America ranks Hawkins as the #55 overall prospect going into 2013


55 Courtney Hawkins of, White Sox

Age: 19. ETA: 2015.

Bat: 55. Power: 65. Speed: 50. Defense: 55. Arm: 60.

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QUOTE (flavum @ Feb 16, 2013 -> 09:17 AM)
Rick Hahn on Talking Baseball said Hawkins "could very well start the season at High-A Winston-Salem".


Wouldn't surprise me at all if the Sox brass think they have their Harper/Trout in Hawkins, and want to see him in the bigs in a few years.

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QUOTE (Cali @ Feb 19, 2013 -> 05:26 PM)
Wouldn't surprise me at all if the Sox brass think they have their Harper/Trout in Hawkins, and want to see him in the bigs in a few years.


If he's our Trout or Harper, he'll be up in September.


If he's starting at High-A, I hope he just stays there all year. Then a full year of AA, and if he's ready for a taste of the bigs and the Sox are in a position to do it, he can come up September, 2014.


Then probably have a plan for a 2015 callup so he's got the extra year of service time. If he's 21 in his rookie year that would be cool, but there's no rush.


(or he's a Marlin by this August and we have Stanton)

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BP with an updated scouting report: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/a/20924#hawkins


Courtney Hawkins


Chicago White Sox

DOB 11/12/1993

Height 6’3’’

Bats R

MLB ETA 2017

Weight 220

Throws R

Current Team: Winston-Salem Dash

Date(s) Seen 6/4/2013-6/6/2013

Filed by/Date: Chris Mellen, 6/8/2013

How Acquired: First Round, 2012

Have Video? No



Well filled-out body; built like a running back; powerful quads/lower body; proportionate body; high strength level; not much more projected physical development; potential for body to stiffen up and lose athleticism without maintenance; shorter arms, with strong forearms and wrists.


Hit Tool

Compact swing; shorter arms allow for ability to quickly pull hands inside of baseball; wrists and forearms generate above average bat speed; can turn around velocity; lift and leverage in swing; swing can get wild leading to high swing-and-miss; designed to get head of bat in front of ball; lacks present coverage on outer third; distinct sound off the bat; produces backspin/drive when he squares offering up; raw approach/pitch recognition suppress true contact consistency; will open hips early and over-rotate.

Grade: Present 30/Future 50



Excellent strength; incorporates lower body to tap into entire body; well above average raw; can launch ball with arc and carry in game action; ability to make pitchers pay for mistakes; presently all pull-side power; strength to hit home runs to all fields, but unsure swing design allows for consistency in doing so; will play in any ballpark.

Grade: Present 50/Future 60



Inconsistent anticipating ball off bat in center field; can get caught flat-footed; moves well to his right, but twists and turns when moving left; average range; takes some time to accelerate, but shows closing speed; can drift and fail to get feet in proper position, especially against higher flies when going back on ball; charges ball well; profiles as a corner outfielder in higher levels;

Grade: Present 40/Future 55 (as corner outfielder)



Loads up when throwing; will get body behind ball; throws on a line; potential for added restriction if upper body gets too bulky into mid-twenties; ability to play in right field; hits cut-off man; base accuracy currently unclear as did not see him challenged.

Grade: Present 55/Future 60



Raw with picking up spin out of opposing pitchers’ hands; lunges out onto front foot against breaking balls; has trouble consistently waiting back on the ball; does see softer stuff, especially offerings starting middle and breaking away; pull approach at the plate; did not see him use opposite field; does not work counts and struggles deeper in sequences, especially with two strikes; excels against fastballs on inner half; drives offerings extremely well in spot and generates power there; even keeled player; ability to adjust a question; does not alter swing in counts or seem to have a plan of attack other than letting loose with each swing; flashes potential; needs ample development time; may appear to suddenly “click” due to age advancement and experience gap.



4.31-4.35 (running hard) timed down line out of box; slower getting started due to swing taking body towards third base; accelerates on the turn at first well and shows full speed between first/second; never likely to be a burner out of the box; potential to lose a step as body stiffens.

Grade: Present 50/Future 50



Hawkins possesses the talent to continue to track up the ranks and profile as a major league regular, but the present overall game is on the rough side. The outfielder is weak with his pitch recognition and extremely aggressive when in the batters box. His approach is also dead set on pulling the ball, which Hawkins can do with authority, but there is considerable work in front of the player if he is to evolve into the type of hitter who can handle high quality arms. Currently, his holes are easy to exploit, and once the plate appearance moves deeper, he goes into “chase mode.” The future development of the hit tool is a big question.

I was impressed with Hawkins’ raw power and liked his shorter swing at the plate. The player can drive the ball with lift and carry, while showing the ability to turn around high velocity on the inner half. Looking at the whole offensive picture, there’s a skill set that can grow into a right fielder who can post .270s with 25 home runs in the peak, but there is a big present gap for where his secondary skills need to get to and very high risk. This is a player that needs time to marinate while logging professional at-bats, and may not look pretty doing so for the near future, but can stride forward as the experience starts to catch up in two seasons or so.

OFP: 6; first-division regular

Risk Factor: High

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The shorter swing and turning on inside pitches must be a recent adjustment, based on videos I saw from earlier this season. If he is indeed shortening up, that is a good step for him. Just need to really focus on pitch recognition now.


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Zach Mortimer from BP: http://www.baseballprospectus.com/article....articleid=21301


Position Prospect of the Day: Courtney Hawkins, OF, White Sox (High-A Winston-Salem): 2-5, 2B, HR, 2 R, 4 RBI, K. As everyone that reads this knows, I rated Courtney Hawkins as an organizational player, though I recognize that he has plenty of raw power. My reasoning for that assessment is I do not believe he will be able to hit quality pitching, and he will not make enough contact to tap into his raw power; .205/.239/.455 2 2B, 3 HR, and 17 K in last 44 at-bats.

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Last 10 games: .209/.267/.465/.692

16Ks in 43 ABs, small sample size of how his year has been going.


.194/.265/.470/.735 at High A Winston Salem for the year.


116Ks in 243 ABs. That's past Jared Mitchell-like. That's just...........wow.


18 HRs in 243 ABs for the year. Not bad for power, but everything else has been a disaster.

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Nathaniel Stoltz ‏@stoltz_baseball 22h

Everybody's throwing Courtney Hawkins breaking pitches, and he swings at every single one. He has a chance when they're in the zone, though.



posted: Friday, August 2, 2013 12:03 am | Updated: 12:26 am, Fri Aug 2, 2013.

Brant Wilkerson-New/Winston-Salem Journal


See the ball, hit the ball.


That was Courtney Hawkins’ explanation of his game-winning double in the eleventh inning of Winston-Salem’s wild 8-7 win over Wilmington on Thursday night.


In fact, that was his only explanation, as the Dash center fielder declined further comment, saying, “See the ball, hit the ball – no comment.”


After falling behind 7-6 in the top of the inning, Adam Heisler led off with a single, and advanced on Micah Johnson’s sacrifice bunt. Heisler got to third on shortstop Joey DeMichele’s grounder, setting up Chris Curley batting with two outs. He sent a bouncing grounder up the gap in the middle, but Blue Rocks shortstop Jack Lopez fielded it on the move. His throw was errant, and drew first baseman Dennis Raben off the bag.


As Curley approached the bag, Raben swiped with a tag, but Curley was able to get under the tag, as Heisler scored to tie it at 7. Catcher Kevan Smith singled, setting up Hawkins, who had missed a game-winning opportunity in the bottom of the ninth. He jumped on the first pitch, driving it off the wall in left-center, and Curley trotted in, with the team mobbing Hawkins on the field.


“ In a situation like that you’re just sitting there getting ready for your pitch -- a certain pitch, a certain spot -- and having some fun,” said Manager Ryan Newman of the Dash.


Newman says he thinks that the game-winner might be what Hawkins, who is hitting .146 in his past 10 games, needs to get on track as the Dash makes a run at the playoffs.

First baseman Jeremy Farrell agrees.


“ Courtney is a great hitter ‑ there’s a reason that he was picked where he was,” he said. “He’s a young kid, he’s at an advanced level -- he’s out there working hard every day.”

“ We’re all pulling for him.”


The win also starts an important six-game homestand, after the Dash won two of three at Southern Division-leading Myrtle Beach. The win moved the Dash to 19-20 in the second half and put it just four games out of first place.


“ The playoffs are within reach,” Farrell said. “We want to start playing good baseball and give ourselves an opportunity.”


The opportunity for the win nearly slipped away in the top of the 11th, after centerfielder Ethan Chapman of the Blue Rocks scored on third baseman Jared Schlehuber’s single to give Wilmington a 7-6 lead. Hawkins’ throw to the plate beat the runner, but Smith was unable to handle it, and Chapman slid in as the ball squirted away.


The Dash were one out away from victory in the ninth when Raben’s liner landed just inside fair territory in deep left field, bringing in second baseman Justin Trapp from second to tie it at 6. Winston-Salem’s best opportunity to win it in the bottom of the ninth came Hawkins with at the plate with the bases loaded, but Hawkins’ well-hit grounder went directly to Schlehuber, who doubled up the Dash to escape the inning.


Trailing 5-3 entering the fourth, the Dash took advantage of three Wilmington errors to get back on top 6-5.


Rangel Ravelo reached on an error by Schlehuber. He moved over on Farrell’s single to left, and Josh Richmond got on because of Trapp’s fielding error.


Heisler drove in Ravelo to cut the deficit to 5-4.


With runners on second and third, Johnson hit a grounder to Trapp, who made an errant throw home, allowing Farrell and Richmond to score to give the Dash a 6-5 lead.


The Blue Rocks took a 5-3 lead in the third as Dash starting pitcher Braulio Ortiz struggled with command.


On top of a balk and an error in the inning for the Dash, Ortiz walked three batters, including one with the bases loaded.


After that, Ortiz settled in and only allowed one hit over the next three innings. He went six innings, five runs on six hits, with four of the runs being earned. His four strikeouts all came against Trapp.

“ Huge, huge – not only for him, but for us as a team, to give us six innings,” Newman said. “He was up in the zone a little bit early, and settled down and got through six.”


The Dash led 3-2 after the second inning after Farrell crushed a homer just to the right of the scoreboard in right-center field.


Raben helped Wilmington score first with a double to deep center.


The Dash answered in the bottom half of the inning when DeMichele scored on Curley’s RBI triple. Smith brought him in with a single to give Winston-Salem a 2-1 lead.


The second game of the three-game series is scheduled for Friday at 7 p.m. Right-hander Chris Beck (10-8, 2.84 ERA) will start for the Dash. Right-hander J.C. Sulbaran (0-1, 11.12) will start for the Blue Rocks.



Edited by OilCan

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Hawkins really seems like he has matured quite a bit over the last few years. Kid sounds like he has his head on straight.

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Phil Rogers ‏@philgrogers 2h2 hours ago


He's not making team but former 1st-round pick Courtney Hawkins is having great spring w/CWS. He has 1.023 OPS despite 8 Ks in 25 at-bats.

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If he can get his K rate below 25% in AA this year I'll be tickled s***less

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So.....21 years old now and at AA Birmingham.


So far this year...

AVG .251

OBP .318

SLG .425

OPS .743


Games played 46

At Bats 179

Strikeouts 63 (K rate is at 35% this year, near his minor league lifetime avg.)

Walks 14 (has not been intentionally walked...has only 2 in his minor league lifetime)

Hits 76

Doubles 9

Triples 2

Home Runs 6

Train Boxcar Fatalities 1

RBI 30

Runs Scored 22



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Reported to have Plantar Fasciitis. Ouch.


Can't back-flip his way out of this one.

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FWIW, Buddy said yesterday Hawkins' season is over, but they hope he'll be ready for the AFL.

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Repeated AA in 2017 and struggled at the plate.



Even was demoted to WS and Kanny for some ABs.



Still relatively young, but he's lost the shine that he used to have.

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