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2021 South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Ian Dawkins

Will this Low-A star finally see some advancement in the system?

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Ian Dawkins

Center Fielder
195 pounds
Age: 25
SSS rank among all center fielders in the system: 6
2019 SSS Top Prospect Ranking: 96
2020 SSHP Top Prospect ranking: 76

Ian Dawkins played his first two seasons of college ball with Chabot Junior College in his hometown of Heyward, Calif., where he put up terrific numbers. He transferred to Sacramento State for his junior season and continued to hit, with his senior season being arguably the better of his two years with the Hornets as he slashed .359/.415/.528 in 58 games with 18 doubles, six homers, 33 RBIs, eight stolen bases, 22 walks (8.0%) and 41 strikeouts (14.9%).

In part due to lacking leverage as a college senior, and also in part to his lack of significant power, Dawkins slipped to the White Sox in the 27th round of the 2018 draft. The outfielder immediately paid dividends that year, as he slashed a combined .303/.351/.390 in 65 games with Great Falls and Kannapolis with 13 doubles, three triples, 21 RBIs, 14 stolen bases, 16 walks (5.9%) and 43 strikeouts (15.8%).

Even more surprising than Dawkins being bypassed for a promotion to Winston-Salem to begin 2019 season was that he spent the whole year in Kannapolis. In part, this had to do with the lack of movement from the Birmingham outfield contingent, which ultimately stalled advancement for Dawkins and others. However, it actually may have just as much to do with the fact that Dawkins simply may have neither the great speed of a center fielder (despite his stolen base numbers) nor the power of a corner outfielder.

Nonetheless, Dawkins still posted a rock-solid 2019 despite a late-season slump causing his average to dip below .300. For the year, he slashed .298/.361/.396 in 131 games with Kannapolis with 38 doubles, one triple, four homers, 36 RBIs, 23 stolen bases, 37 walks and 95 strikeouts.

Dawkins should finally see some advancement, and start the 2021 season with Winston-Salem.