22-Year-Old Outfielder – Chicago White Sox
2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Hawkins made it to Double-A for the first time in 2015, but plantar fasciitis cut his season short in July and forced him to miss the Arizona Fall League. Prior to the injury, he continued a trend of ...
Courtney Hawkins Contract Information:
Signed with the White Sox in June of 2012.
Hawkins was diagnosed with a mild oblique strain Wednesday and placed on the minor league DL, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports.
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Chicago White Sox Roster
MajorsAbreu, Jose (1B)
AAAAnderson, Tim (SS)
AABrennan, Brandon (P)
A+Adams, Spencer (P)
AZangari, Corey (1B)
RookieAlfaro, Jhoandro (C)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
For about one month, it looked like Hawkins was ready to put the nightmare that was the 2013 season behind him. He had a .358 OBP and seven home runs by the end of April, and it looked like he might be living up to his talent. However, he hit no more than four home runs in any subsequent month, and struck out at a 27.8% rate on the year. He still has the tools to be a serviceable player, but they may take a while longer to come together.
The organization may have rushed Hawkins into High-A action, and he closed the season with 160 strikeouts and a sub-.200 batting average. He missed nearly all of May due to a strained rotator cuff, but he was still able to hit 12 of his 19 home runs on the season in the 80 games after the injury. The tools are still here, but it may take him a bit longer to reach the majors than initially anticipated. Expect him to repeat the level, with the chance to reach Double-A by season's end if the plate discipline improves.
The White Sox selected Hawkins 13th overall in the 2012 draft. He displayed athleticism right away, pulling off a back flip in MLB Network studios while wearing a full suit. He progressed to the High-A Level in a half-season of professional ball, which is no small feat for a player who turned 19 in the offseason. Hawkins accumulated a .324 OBP across three minor league levels, and he hit eight home runs and stole 11 bases in 229 at-bats. He will likely play out 2013 at Low-A or High-A, possibly splitting time between those levels and it will be interesting to see how his power develops as he progresses through the White Sox organization.