shorter than listed height; wide hips with extremely thick lower half; broad shoulders with big muscular chest; short arms; body is maxed out and no more room for growth; high maintenance body going forward and has potential to add bad weight as he matures.
Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
50; winning spirit and is involved with helping teammates; often argues with umpires
35; Quad A player/org guy
excellent bat speed and leverage; bat comes through hitting zone at upward angle; much calmer hands and load; small toe tap timing; hands much lower than last year; swing itself is long; can get great extension post contact on mistakes; also can extend early; has habit of shifting weight from anchored back leg to front side early; mistake hitter only; have serious questions about natural bat-to-ball skills; needs refinement in approach and plate discipline; will still expand the zone at any count and anywhere; has little idea of the strike zone; at times, front side flies way open early and barrel drags through the zone; does not recognize secondary offerings; does not recognize breaking ball spin at all; gets off balance often and has ugly swings against off speed; does not stand a chance against quality breaking stuff; will not hit enough to get to the highest level.
plus-plus raw power; great strength in wrists and hands; has bat speed and leverage; will crush mistakes; backside collapses often trying to maximize power; quality of hit tool will limit power.
clocked in the 4.3 range; athletic for size; had trouble getting out of the box clean; bad weight could slow him more.
questionable reads/routes to the ball; does not react well off the bat; had trouble back pedaling and getting to ball in the gap; limited range due to lack of reaction and limited speed.
plus arm strength; made throws on a line; used correct footwork and whole body to get behind ball when throwing.
This is a very similar Courtney Hawkins that I disliked last year. He doesn’t recognize off speed well at all. I have serious questions about his natural ability to hit the ball and his hand-eye coordination could be subpar. His body does not project well for me. He is thick in every aspect as a 20 year-old and that will be high maintenance to keep up with going forward. He’s not a defensive asset and I don’t think Hawkins will ever hit enough to reach the highest level.