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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 96: Ian Dawkins

The fleet outfielder picked a prime time to post career highs — his draft year

Impressive first impression: Dawkins rode career collegiate highs in 2018 to a successful first pro stint at Great Falls and Kannapolis.
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Ian Dawkins
195 pounds
Bats: Right
Age: 23
SSS rank among all left fielders in the system: 5

Dawkins was a model of consistency in his college career, the first two years of which were spent with Chabot Junior College in Heyward, Calif. The outfielder’s combined NCAA slash line was .350/.426/.477, and he fortuitously had his best season as a senior for the Sacramento State Hornets by hitting .359/.415/.528 with six homers, 33 RBIs, eight stolen bases, 22 walks and 41 strikeouts over 248 at-bats — all career highs. As a non-power hitter in a non-power conference (WAC), Dawkins fell all the way to the 27th round of the 2018 draft, where the White Sox were happy to snag him.

With Great Falls and Kannapolis after the draft, Dawkins hit .303/.351/.390 in a combined 251 at-bats, with 13 doubles, three homers, 21 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, 16 walks (5.88%) and 43 strikeouts (15.81%). Dawkins spent 62% of his time at left, with the rest spent at left (36%) and right (2%). He was a sure-handed fielder, making just one error in 106 chances, with five assists. While it’s possible Dawkins returns to Kannapolis for 2019, expect him to play in a Winston-Salem outfield that could include Luis Robert, Dedelow and Tyler Frost.

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