Date of Birth: 11/12/1993
Weight: 210 lbs.
Overview: Though Hawkins has pitched in high school, it will be his power bat that eventually gets him to the major leagues. Hawkins is extremely athletic as shown by his playing centerfield and pitching and is very explosive as well. Hawkins is probably the third best high school outfielder coming out of the draft this year after Byron Buxton and Albert Almora. Hawkins has a very good chance of being available to the Mets at 12 and I wouldn't be surprised if they drafted him.
Hitting: He has shown the ability to hit for power to all fields. He is overaggressive at time at the plate leading to a lot of swings and misses. Hawkins is very raw but has tremendous strength in his hands and wrists. He is more of a free swinging type and has had trouble with breaking pitches because he swing is extremely long. High school pitchers around the country have learned, no matter how fast you throw your fastball you cannot get it passed Courtney Hawkins. This kid just has tremendous power to all fields and plus plus bat speed. He has the kind of power bat that makes scouts drool.
Fielding: Hawkins' aforementioned athleticism is a great tool to work with and helps him immensely in the field. He runs well and takes solid routes to the ball. He profiles at above average in the corners, but slightly below average in centerfield. Given his great arm strength, wherever he ends up in the outfield, baserunners will remember Hawkins' name for a long time.
Projection: Hawkins is the typical free swinging slugger who, if he can make consistent contact, his power will be able to play. Because he is also a tremendous athlete, he has good fielding and baserunning to fall back on. If his hit tool never completely amounts to anything, Hawkins' combination of versatility, fielding and power will enable him to find a spot somewhere on a major league team. His most optimistic projection would be a 30+ homerun hitter annually, and when you combine that with good fielding you get an extremely valuable player.
Summary: Given his size and ultimate lack of great speed, Hawkins will most probably end up in an outfield corner and most likely rightfield because of his strong arm. His power projects to all fields, so if it all comes together for him, it won't matter where he's playing.
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