WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Outfielder Courtney Hawkins has been selected to represent the Winston-Salem Dash in the 2014 California-Carolina League All-Star Game, the league announced Wednesday afternoon. He has earned the starting designated hitter spot in the Carolina League's order for the Midsummer Classic, which takes place Tuesday, June 17, at 7:05 p.m.
Hawkins is tied for second in the Carolina League with 10 home runs, while his 38 RBIs are alone in second place on the circuit. He also ranks third in the league with 24 extra-base hits and is tied for third with a .479 slugging percentage. The Corpus Christi, Texas, native had a career-best nine-game hitting streak and six-game RBI streak to begin the season, and he spent much of the season's first six weeks at or near the top of Minor League Baseball in RBIs.
The 20-year-old is in his third professional season and ranks as the seventh-best prospect in the Chicago White Sox organization, according to Baseball America. The 13th overall pick in the June 2012 MLB Draft, Hawkins finished third in the Carolina League with 19 home runs during his first full season in Winston-Salem in 2013.
The 2014 All-Star Game will pit the Carolina League All-Stars against the California League All-Stars at Frawley Stadium in Wilmington, Del., the home of the Wilmington Blue Rocks.
In last year's Midsummer Classic, the Carolina League cruised to a 12-2 win, the most lopsided in the all-time series. Dash All-Stars Chris Curley, Jeremy Farrell, Chris Beck and Chris Bassitt all took part in the contest, which was held at San Jose Municipal Stadium, home of the San Jose Giants.
Two years ago, Winston-Salem played host to the prestigious event, and the Carolina League rolled the California League 9-1. Brady Shoemaker won the Home Run Derby, while Michael Earley and Matt Heidenreich joined Shoemaker in the All-Star Game.