One of the biggest decisions the Brewers will face next year is who will replace Prince Fielder at first base if or when he leaves via free agency. We have already touched on Hunter Morris but there is talk of him moving to third base and a reason for that could be Cody Hawn. I’m not saying this kid will be able to replace Fielder next year but if the Gamel/Hart experiment doesn’t work in a few years he might.
The 22 year old was drafted out of the University of Tennessee in the 6th round of the 2010 Amateur Draft. Hawn had a supbar Junior year at UT which may be the reason why he slipt to the 6th round but showed all the makings of a power hitter when the Brewers sent him to Rookie ball. In 65 games the 6’1″, 195 pounder hit 13 HR’s and drove in 61 runs. He finished with a slash line of .308/.407/.542 while helping Helena win the league Championship.
Offense: Hawn’s sweet looking left handed swing produces power to all fields. He has strong hands and a muscular upper body. Showing good patience at the plate allows him to draw walks but he tends to get a little long with his swing which leads to a high number of strikeouts. He has shown the abilty to adjust to what pitchers are trying to do to him which is advanced for his age.
Defense: Being only 6’1″ tall Hawn is not your prototypical first baseman but he is slow and doesn’t have a lot of range which limits him to 1B. He is able to make the routine plays which should not make him a liability in the field.
Projection: The Brewers like this kids makeup and leadership ability and his bat should allow him to advance through the system. Hawn should start the season at low A Wisconsin so go and check him out if you get a chance.