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White Sox sign 13th pick Courtney Hawkins for $2.5 million

Jun 13, 2012, 4:49 PM EDT

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No. 13 overall pick Courtney Hawkins and the White Sox have agreed to a deal worth the exact slot amount of $2.475 million, according to Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune.

Hawkins was committed to play college ball at Texas, but the high school outfielder from Corpus Christi will instead begin his pro career at age 18.

Baseball America ranked Hawkins as the 15th-best player in the draft, while rated him 9th overall and called him “one of the most explosive hitters in this year’s draft, combining brute strength with excellent bat speed for very hard contact.”

  1. natstowngreg - Jun 13, 2012 at 6:42 PM

    The hard cap and shortened negotiating period, having their effect. Getting kids into MLB farm systems faster and cheaper.

    Some predicted that the hard cap was going to cause kids with college offers to take them, since MLB teams couldn’t pay way over slot. Seemed like a reasonable prediction. Thus, it’s interesting that high schoolers like Hawkins are signing instead of taking college offers. Too early to tell whether it’s a trend, of course.

  2. philliesblow - Jun 13, 2012 at 11:11 PM

    Dude was a pretty good football player at Michigan State. Nice to see him switch sports 20 years later.

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