Wednesday Prospect Notebook: Courtney Hawkins Gets Back In The Swing

Notable performances from prospects around the minors on Tuesday.

Courtney Hawkins, cf, White Sox. The 2012 first-rounder missed all but one day in May while dealing with a shoulder injury, but he returned from the disabled list in style, going 5-for-16 (.313) with four extra-base hits in four games for high Class A Winston-Salem. Hawkins connected for two homers yesterday as part of a 2-for-5 day that included five RBIs.

• Henry Urrutia, rf, Orioles. On the same day that Dodgers prospect sensation Yasiel Puig knocked his first two big league home runs, a different Cuban import had a huge day for Double-A Bowie. Urrutia went a perfect 4-for-4 with two homers of his own, knocking in five runs and claiming the top spot in the Eastern League batting race by hitting .353/.419/.554 through 139 at-bats. At 26, Urrutia is four years older than Puig, so his dominance of Double-A is not quite as impressive.

• Nick Delmonico, 3b, Orioles. Back at third base after hanging at first and second base last season, Delmonico has enjoyed a breakthrough offensive season at high Class A Frederick. The 20-year-old went 4-for-5 with a double and his eighth home run of the season yesterday. The 2011 sixth-rounder now is batting .313/.409/.636 through 99 at-bats in the Carolina League.

• Cesar Puello, rf, Mets. This is the type of power-speed prospect that scouts envisioned when Puello ranked among the Mets Top 10 Prospects following the 2010 and ’11 seasons. The 22-year-old ranks second in the Double-A Eastern League with a .555 slugging percentage and third with 15 stolen bases, and he’s hitting .312 for Binghamton thanks to a higher walk rate and lower strikeout rate than he showed in 2102.

• Tony Renda, 2b, Nationals. The University of California product pulled into a tie for the South Atlantic League lead by hitting his 22nd double yesterday, part of a 4-for-5 showing for low Class A Hagerstown that included a pair of two-baggers, a steal and three runs scored. A 2012 second-rounder, Renda comes from a comparatively robust Cal second-base pipeline, having followed recent draftees Jeff Kobernus (Nationals, second round, 2009) and Josh Satin (Mets, sixth, 2008) into pro ball.