Hawkins was reassigned to White Sox minor league camp Friday. The 23-year-old enjoyed a modicum of prospect hype early in his career, but the upper levels have exploited the holes in his swing, and he has stolen just one base since 2014. The fly-catcher still has time to rebound, and a rebuilding White Sox organization may continue eyeing him for a role in the next two years at the big leagues, but Hawkins, who should see his first action at Triple-A Charlotte sometime in 2017, remains a project.
Hawkins has a .228/.271/.405 line after 79 at-bats across 21 games at Double-A Birmingham. Hawkins recently went cold at the plate, causing his batting average to fall from .275 to .200 in a matter of four games. However, he's played just 16 games since missing a month with an oblique injury, so it could simply be a matter of needing time to regain his footing. While this will delay his potential arrival at Triple-A Charlotte, the additional time with Birmingham will help the power hitting outfielder improve his batting average and on-base percentage.
Hawkins (oblique) played in a minor league game Thursday for the first time since April 11 and went 2-for-4 with a grand slam. Hawkins returned to the field in style Thursday with Double-A Birmingham, hitting his first home run of the season and knocking in four runs. The 22-year-old could earn himself a promotion to the Triple-A level at some point this season, but he will likely need to demonstrate some strides in the on-base department after reaching base at just a .300 clip with Birmingham a year ago.
Hawkins was diagnosed with a mild oblique strain Wednesday and placed on the minor league DL, MLB.com's Scott Merkin reports. The former top prospect has lost almost all of his shine, and is no longer worth rostering in leagues where less than 250 prospects are owned. Look for him to return sometime in May.
The White Sox assigned Hawkins to minor league camp Wednesday, the Chicago Tribune reports. Hawkins dealt with a shoulder strain this spring, but he only went 1-for-16 when healthy. Hawkins should spend all of 2016 in the high minors.
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