Name: Adam Hawes
Position: Starting Pitcher
DOB: April 25, 1983
The Minnesota Twins selected Hawes with their 40th round pick in the 2003 draft out of Connors State Community College. A draft-and-follow, Hawes was unable to pitch in the United States until 2005, due to a lack of visas for Minor League players. However, he continued to work, and in 2004, made his debut for the Twins of the Dominican Summer League.
During that season, Hawes appeared in three games for the DSL Twins, making two starts. He finished the year with an 0-1 record, and posted a 3.71 earned run average. Unfortunately, he suffered from a parasitic virus, and wound up losing a lot of weight.
Still, he went to extended Spring Training in 2005, and finally made his United States debut with the Twins of the Appalachian League. As a member of their championship team, Hawes would finish the year as the Appalachian League leader in earned run average, with a 1.53 mark in 14 appearances. He won four games, saved another, and struck out 68 batters in 59 innings of work.
He has had to wait for his chance to shine in the organization, but now that he is here, he is taking full advantage of his opportunity.
Repertoire.Fastball, Curveball, Slider, Changeup
Fastball.Hawes has a pretty decent fastball, that he uses to rack up strikeouts. His heater usually ranges in the 92-93 range, but he has the ability to get it up to 95 when he is at his strongest. The lack of weight does not seem to have had an effect on his velocity, and his deceptive delivery sometimes fools hitters.
Other Pitches. Like I said before, Hawes has a very deceptive delivery, that may cause him problems in the future. As far as his off-speed stuff goes, he relies on a plus-curveball to be his number two pitch. His curve has a 12-6 rotation on it, and is currently ranked in the top five in the organization. He also throws a nice changeup, that really compliments his mid-90s fastball. His weakest pitch would have to be his slider, which he is just beginning to develop.
Pitching. Now that he is finally able to show his stuff on a United States stage, it appears that he has the goods to be a starting pitcher. He holds runners on well, and really knows how to use his pitches to handcuff batters. One of the most important statistics he puts up is his batting average against, which is below .200 for his Minor League career. If need be, he can make the move to the bullpen, because of his ability to work the late innings of a game.
Projection. Hawes is a starter, and will continue to be a starter in the organization. He can be used in long relief, and even at the end of games, but most Twins' scouts like his ability to start a contest. During his short career in the Twins organization, he has put together quality starts in nearly every contest he has started.He will be in the Beloit rotation in 2006, and should be one of the more consistent pitchers in the Midwest League. If 2005 is any indication, he may even make his High-A debut in 2006, depending on how fast the horses in the Fort Myers rotation continue to develop.
ETA. 2009. Most believe that Hawes will have a good season in his first year of full-season baseball. He has been through a lot to get where he is, and he will not rest on his laurels. After a full season with Beloit, and maybe a dash of Fort Myers, Hawes should be slated for the Miracle rotation in 2007. The Twins will find out if he continues to be a starter by then, and could make his Double-A debut in '07 as well. Look for him to be brought along slowly, and possibly make the Twins roster in 2009.