KANNAPOLIS, N.C. (Aug. 29, 2012) - The Kannapolis Intimidators, Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox, have promoted outfielder and first round draft pick Courtney Hawkins to the A-Advanced Winston-Salem Dash. Hawkins, whom the White Sox selected with the 13th overall pick in this June's draft, hit .308 (20-65) with four home runs and 15 RBI while slugging .631 in 16 games with the Intimidators. In a corresponding move, Kannapolis receives catcher Jose Barraza from Advanced Rookie Bristol.
Hawkins, 18, was named Texas High School Baseball Player of the Year after his senior season at Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas. He stole the show on draft night when he performed an impromptu back flip in the MLB Network studios. He signed with the White Sox this summer and opened his career with Bristol, batting .272 in 38 games in the Appalachian League before being promoted to the Intimidators on Aug. 13. In his first week in Kannapolis, Hawkins recorded extra-inning game-winning hits in consecutive games against the West Virginia Power, including an Aug. 17 game in which he drove in a career-high four RBI in a 3-for-6 night at the plate, finishing a double shy of the cycle. Three games later, he collected a career-high four hits in Hagerstown on Aug. 20. Of Hawkins 20 hits with Kannapolis, 11 went for extra bases.
The promotion for Courtney Hawkins is one of several for White Sox outfield prospects today. Former Intimidator right fielder Mark Haddow earned a promotion from Winston-Salem to Double-A Birmingham, replacing former Intimidators center fielder Trayce Thompson is heading to Triple-A Charlotte for the first time in his career.
The Intimidators wrap up their 18th season of professional baseball in Kannapolis this week with the team's final home stand of the year. Kannapolis hosts the Greenville Drive (Red Sox) tonight at CMC-NorthEast Stadium at 7:05 p.m. CMC-NorthEast Stadium is located off I-85 at exit 63. For ticket information, please call the F&M Bank Box Office at (704) 932-3267 or visit www.IntimidatorsBaseball.com.