June 18, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago White Sox first round draft choice Courtney Hawkins throws out the first pitch before a game against the Chicago Cubs at U.S. Cellular Field. Mandatory Credit: David Banks-USA TODAY Sports

White Sox Prospect of the Week: Courtney Hawkins

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Feb 18, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Chicago White Sox general manager Rick Hahn speaks to the media during MLB media day at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Courtney Hawkins, the 13th overall selection by the White Sox in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft, is off to a great start in 2014. In seven games with for the Advanced-A club Winston-Salem Dash, Hawkins is hitting .393 (11-for-28) with three home runs and 14 RBI’s. Hawkins has logged a hit in every game this season so far.

A 6’3″, 220-pound kid from Corpus Christi, Texas, Courtney Hawkins was rated the “Best Athlete” by the White Sox organization after the 2012 season, according to Baseball America.

Hawkins’ slash line is rather impressive in the first couple weeks of the season, posting a .393/.419/.857 line. After a disappointing 2013 season, Hawkins’ promising start is a great sight for Sox fans. In 103 games for Winston-Salem last season, Hawkins hit just .178 with 19 home runs and 10 steals and struck out 160 times.

White Sox Director of Player Development Nick Capra had a couple thoughts for Courtney Hawkins in regards to being promoted up the Sox farm system:

“He’s gotta slow it down. He wants to be on the fast track, but for him, you gotta do what you’re doing today and not look in the future, not look for tomorrow. Play the game today, evaluate what you’ve done today, come back and do it tomorrow.” -Nick Capra/CSNChicago.com

From Monday (4/7) until Thursday (4/10) this week, Hawkins is 6-for-14 with a home run and six RBI’s. Hawkins has logged multi-hit games in two of Winston-Salem three games this week.

Personally, I love Courtney Hawkins‘ aggressiveness and his style of play. He’s a young kid that plays like he’s shot out of a cannon in center field. Now, that style of play can come back to bite you (watch some guy named Yasiel Puig when you get a chance), but Hawkins is only 20-years-old. Not every highly-touted prospect can be Mike Trout. Those are once-in-a-lifetime-type gifts to a Major League organization.

I believe Hawkins can be an intricate piece to the White Sox in the future. He’s got potential to be a main-stay on the South Side. The Sox brass just would like to see Hawkins slow his roll just a tad and mature. He’s only 20, so he has plenty of time to improve.

Here’s a quick glimpse of Courtney Hawkins in action: Hawkins’ two-run shot.

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