Courtney Hawkins is an interesting prospect, because it is unclear whether Hawkins will eventually be a position player or a pitcher. He throws in the low-90s from the mound, but also has a power to his bat that could develop to a major league level. He runs well and can field anything in the right outifeld, but it is his developing power hitting that has scouts drooling about his potential. He was named Gatorade’s Texas Baseball Player of the Year and was drafted 13th overall by the Chicago White Sox over the summer. It appears as though he might keep his commitment to the Texas Longhorns however.
“Courtney Hawkins is the best high school player I have seen in my 12 years of coaching,” said Preston Rogers, head coach at Stevens (San Antonio, Texas). “His physical ability and raw power and speed are just unbelievable. Carroll has eliminated us from the playoff three of the last four years and this kid has been a major factor in every game.”
Hawkins led Carroll in every offensive category in 2011 and even pitched a complete game to win the 2010 5A title game.
Associate head coach Tommy Harmon added that “Courtney had been a two-way player for most of his career at Corpus Christi Carroll, but this summer he turned into one of the premier hitters in the nation. He is more of an outfielder now. He has a large frame, 6-3, 205. He runs well and has exceptional power. He is one of the better high school players in the nation.”
The ceiling for Hawkins’ improvement is one of the highest in the draft class; he just needs to improve his plate discipline and continue to develop his mechanics as a hitter.