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Wednesday, January 23, 2013

BP Top Prospects: White Sox

Jason Parks        
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State of the Farm: Out of college, money spent. See no future, pay no rent. All the money's gone, nowhere to go.”

Prospect rankings primer

The Top Ten

  1. OF Courtney Hawkins
  2. OF Trayce Thompson
  3. IF Carlos Sanchez
  4. RHP Erik Johnson
  5. LHP Scott Snodgress
  6. RHP Andre Rienzo
  7. CF Keenyn Walker
  8. RHP Christopher Beck
  9. RHP Myles Jaye
  10.  1B Keon Barnum

1. Courtney Hawkins

Position: OF
DOB: 11/12/1993
Height/Weight: 6’3’’ 220 lbs.
Bats/Throws: R/R
Drafted/Acquired: 1
st round, 2012 draft, Mary Carroll High School (Corpus Christi, TX)
2012 Stats: .284/.324/.480 at rookie level Bristol (38 games), Low-A Kannapolis
(16 games), High-A Winston-Salem (5 games)
The Tools: 7+ raw; 5+ hit; 6 arm

What Happened in 2012: Impressive professional debut for the back-flipping Texan, as Hawkins looked good early and finished the season at the High-A level.

Strengths: Massive raw strength/power; well above-average athlete for his size; shows very good hand-eye skills; produces bat speed; power is carrying tool; easy 7+ raw that could play at 6 or higher at developmental maturity; arm is plus; glove could be above-average.

Weaknesses: High maintenance body; potential to add bad weight and lose athleticism; aggressive approach; will chase out of the zone; swing has miss; doesn’t project up the middle.

Overall Future Potential: 6; first division player

Explanation of Risk: High risk; moved quickly in first season, but bat will need to get very close to ceiling to play in a corner.

Fantasy Future: Prototypical right field profile, with big power potential and good contact ability. Approach could limit utility, but has 25-plus home run potential.

The Year Ahead: Hawkins stormed through the lower minors in 2012, but the big Texan could use a full-season of A-ball before making the big professional jump to the Double-A level. Because of his impressive strength and excellent hand-eye coordination, Hawkins should be able to hit low-level pitching, but the real test will come when he face arms that can hit spots and spin quality off-speed pitches. It remains to be seen if Hawkins has the type of bat that will play with his approach, or if the raw power is merely a product of mature strength against inferior stuff. Sources appear mixed on his future, so a full season of professional at-bats should help clarify the developmental path Hawkins is on.

Major league ETA: 2015

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