Outfielders On The Move

Trayce Thompson ran from the CL to the SL to the IL (Jody Stewart/W-S Dash).

Some roster moves are bigger than others. Today, the White Sox announced a handful of moves with significant ramifications.

We begin with the Dash’s new highly-touted outfielder. Courtney Hawkins has earned his first career promotion to High-A two-and-a-half months after the White Sox chose him with the 13th overall pick in this year’s draft. In a corresponding move, Mark Haddow heads to Double-A Birmingham for the first time after playing four games with Winston.

Hawkins debuted with rookie-level Bristol and hit .272 with three homers and 16 RBI in 38 games in the Appalachian League. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native then jumped to Low-A Kannapolis, where he hit .308 with four homers and 15 RBI in just 16 contests. In his fifth game as an Intimidator, Hawkins came up with a walk-off single, and he followed suit with another game-winning hit one day later.

Another White Sox transaction does not affect Winston-Salem, but it is a great day for a former Dash slugger. Trayce Thompson has reached Triple-A Charlotte for the first time in his minor league career. Thompson played in 14 games with Double-A Birmingham and hit .280 with three homers and six RBI. The former second-round pick is tied for the Carolina League lead with 22 homers and sits atop the circuit with 90 RBI.

We will have more on Hawkins, Thompson and the rest of the Dash as we continue along. Winston’s magic number is three with six games to go. The Dash continue their four-game set with Lynchburg tonight at 7:00.

– Brian

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