Courtney Hawkins’ ultimate goal has been right in front of him every day for the past week.

As he ventures down the carpeted path from the clubhouse to the field, the White Sox 2012 first-round pick walks directly past fields full of big leaguers taking batting practice and throwing bullpens.

One of 44 minor leaguers in town since Friday to take part in a minicamp, Hawkins, the 14th overall pick in June’s amateur baseball draft, doesn’t need the reminder. He knows he’d prefer to rub shoulders with Paul Konerko and Chris Sale.

But he also realizes it’s the extra instruction he receives in camps like this that will one day help him realize his dream of becoming a major leaguer.

Hawkins, 2012 supplemental-first round pick Keon Barnum and five of the organization’s other top-30 prospects (per Baseball America) are part of a group that has received individual instruction before minor-league camp opens next week. Minor-league pitchers report to camp on Sunday and position players arrive next Wednesday.

“Gotta get there,” Hawkins said. “It’s just another step to get to. I’m here right now, trying to get there. So for me right now it’s more like a grind trying to get there.”