Courtney Hawkins
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Hawkins with the Winston-Salem Dash in 2013
Lexington Legends – No. 24
Outfielder
Born: (1993-11-12) November 12, 1993 (age 28)
Corpus Christi, Texas
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Courtney James Hawkins (born November 12, 1993) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Early career

Hawkins attended Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. As a senior, he was the Texas Gatorade High School Baseball Player of the Year.[1] He was the fifth ranked high school recruit in his class by ESPN and was committed to University of Texas at Austin.[2]

Professional career

Chicago White Sox

Hawkins was drafted by the Chicago White Sox with the 13th overall pick of the first round in the 2012 Major League Baseball draft.[3][4][5] Hawkins started his career with the rookie-level Bristol White Sox of the Appalachian League. In 38 games he hit .272/.314/.401 with three home runs and 16 runs batted in. On August 12, 2012, he was promoted to the Low-A Kannapolis Intimidators of the South Atlantic League.[6] He hit .308/.352/.631 with four home runs and 15 runs batted in 16 games. He ended the season with the High-A Winston-Salem Dash after he was promoted on August 29, 2012.[7][8] Overall, he finished his first season hitting .284/.324/.480 with eight home runs and 33 runs batted in 59 games. Hawkins was ranked the White Sox #1 prospect at the start of the 2013 season.[9] He was also ranked as the #55 ranked prospect in baseball according to Baseball America and #68 by MLB.com. Hawkins spent the whole 2013 season with Class A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. He struggled in his first full season, batting .178 with 19 home runs and 160 strikeouts in 383 at-bats.[10] He returned to Winston-Salem in 2014,[11] batting .249 with 19 home runs and 84 RBIs. He spent 2015 with the Birmingham Barons, batting .243 with nine home runs and 41 RBIs, and 2016 with Birmingham, posting a .203 average with 12 home runs and 60 RBIs. In 2017, he played for Kannapolis, Winston-Salem and Birmingham, posting a combined .205 average with 12 home runs and 33 RBIs in 91 total games between both teams.[12] Hawkins was released from the organization on April 18, 2018.[13]

Sugar Land Skeeters

On April 26, 2018, Hawkins signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Hawkins appeared in 88 games for the Skeeters and hit .285/.342/.505 with 54 runs, 17 doubles, 18 home runs, 72 RBIs, and 12 stolen bases.

Cincinnati Reds

On August 10, 2018, Hawkins' contract was purchased by the Cincinnati Reds.[14] He was released by the Reds organization on May 3, 2019.

Sugar Land Skeeters (second stint)

On May 10, 2019, Hawkins signed with the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

San Francisco Giants

On May 14, 2019, Hawkins's contract was purchased by the San Francisco Giants and he was assigned to the Triple-A Sacramento River Cats. He became a free agent following the 2019 season.[15]

Sugar Land Skeeters (third stint)

In July 2020, Hawkins signed on to play for the Sugar Land Skeeters of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift four-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season. He was subsequently named to the league's all-star team.[16]

Lexington Legends

On May 4, 2021, Hawkins signed with the Lexington Legends of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.[17] In Game 4 of the ALPB Championship Series, Hawkins hit 3 home runs and helped propel the Legends to a 13–2 victory and first-ever franchise crown.[18] He was later named the Championship Series MVP.[19]

Hawkins at bat for the Lexington Legends in 2021.
Hawkins at bat for the Lexington Legends in 2021.

References

  1. ^ Rohrbach, Ben. "Texas Baseball POY: Courtney Hawkins". Espn.go.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  2. ^ "ESPN recruiting profile". Espn.go.com. June 4, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  3. ^ "White Sox select outfielder Hawkins at No. 13". Chicago.whitesox.mlb.com. Archived from the original on June 8, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  4. ^ "Sox select OF Courtney Hawkins". Espn.go.com. June 5, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  5. ^ "White Sox take Courtney Hawkins with No. 13 pick in MLB draft". Suntimes.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  6. ^ Feldman, Josh. "First rounder Hawkins promoted to Kannapolis". Milb.com. Intimidators Media Relations Dept. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  7. ^ Feldman, Josh. "Top pick Hawkins promoted to Dash". Milb.com. Intimidators Media Relations Dept. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  8. ^ "Sox prospects Thompson, Hawkins promoted". Articles.chicagotribune.com. August 29, 2012. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  9. ^ "White Sox 2013 Prospect Watch". Chicago.whitesox.mlb.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
  10. ^ Hawkins reflects on uneven first full year in Minors
  11. ^ Second time around good for Courtney Hawkins
  12. ^ "Courtney Hawkins Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Adams, Steve (April 19, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 4/19/18". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  14. ^ "Cincinnati Reds Purchase Contract of OF Courtney Hawkins". August 10, 2018. Retrieved August 10, 2018.
  15. ^ Matt Eddy (November 7, 2019). "Minor League Free Agents 2019". Baseball America. Retrieved November 7, 2019.
  16. ^ "Constellation Energy League All-Star Team". Sugar Land Skeeters. September 3, 2020. Archived from the original on September 21, 2020 – via Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ "Legends Agree to Terms with Former Major Leaguers Josh Ravin, Mike Hauschild and 7 others". Lexington Legends. Retrieved May 4, 2021.
  18. ^ "Lexington pounds its way to Atlantic League title". wvgazettemail.com. Retrieved April 22, 2022.
  19. ^ Atlantic League Championship Series History