The White Sox announced the signing of outfielder Courtney Hawkins to a minor-league contract before Monday’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
Hawkins was the White Sox’ first pick (13th overall) in the 2012 First-Year Player Draft from Carroll HS in Corpus Christi, TX.
“It’s my lifelong dream and I’ve always wanted to play professional baseball,” Hawkins said. “I’ve got the opportunity and everything was right so I’m glad to sign.”
Hawkins, 18, batted .437 with 11 home runs, 39 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 36 games for Carroll. He was named the ESPNHS Gatorade Texas Baseball Player of the Year and had signed a National Letter of Intent to play baseball at the University of Texas.
White Sox GM Kenny Williams said Hawkins was a five-tool player, noting that Hawkins’ approach at the plate and ability to adjust made him “a little more refined.”
“That combined with the instincts that you see on the baseball field convinced us that he’s not your typical five-tool high school player that everyone sees,“ Williams said. “We think that they will translate into success and success very quickly.”
Hawkins, who worked out and took batting practice with the team on Monday, will start his pro career at the rookie level with the Bristol White Sox in the Appalachian League.