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(CBS) Here’s a look at the White Sox’s first two draft picks in 2012 First-Year Player Draft:
No. 13 overall: OF Courtney Hawkins – Carroll High School (Corpus Christi, Texas)
What MLB.com says:
The Texas high school product was shooting up draft boards as the 2012 spring season began, thanks to a very successful summer. While he pitches and will touch 90 mph, his future is in the outfield. He has some swing-and-miss to his game, but he does have power. He has shown the ability to hit any fastball and can show pop to all fields, though he needs to improve his approach at the plate, where his over-aggressiveness leads to those misses. An average to a tick-above-average runner, he’ll play center field for his high school team, but with his size, strength, power profile and at-least-average arm, the University of Texas commit profiles best as a corner outfielder in the future.
Hawkins is committed to the University of Texas.
No. 48 overall: 1B Keon Barnum – King High School (Tampa, Florida)
What MLB.com says:
For a player to profile at first, teams will typically want to see plenty of power and run production potential. Barnum, a Florida prep product, has both.A big, strong physical specimen, Barnum can generate a lot of bat speed and has the ability to drive the ball to all parts of the ballpark. He shows most of his home run power to the pull side, but there’s plenty of raw pop there all-around. Barnum’s fine defensively at first, and some have even asked to see him play an outfield corner.Like many young hitters with power, Barnum will get long with his swing at times and try to muscle the ball out. The ability to make adjustments and have a more refined approach will likely come with time and experience.
Barnum is committed to the University of Miami.