The Chicago White Sox have selected versatile outfielder Courtney Hawkins of Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas, with the 13th pick in the draft.
The 18-year-old Hawkins is batting .437 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI this season. He is 5-2 as a pitcher with a .096 ERA. He earlier signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Texas.
Two years ago when the White Sox picked 13th, they took left-handed pitcher Chris Sale and he has become one of the team's top starters.
"First and foremost, Courtney is a quality young man who we’ve followed for several years at various showcases, including our own Double Duty Classic," said White Sox scouting director Doug Laumann. "We’ve had a lot of people in to see him, and he has developed into the type of player we expected. This pick may seem like we are going away from our tendency with a high school player, but this kid has too much potential for us to pass up. We are enormously excited."
Hawkins was recommended by White Sox scout Keith Staab.