- Full name Alexander Edward Hassan
- Born 04/01/1988 in Quincy, MA
- Profile Ht.: 6'3" / Wt.: 220 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Duke
- Debut 06/01/2014
Drafted in the 20th round (618th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2009 (signed for $90,000).
View Draft ReportDuke does have hope to get righthander/outfielder Alex Hassan back for his senior season. Pro scouts like him better as a pitcher at 6-foot-4, 200 pounds and think he could pick up velocity when he ditches hitting and playing center field. He has touched 95 mph in relief outings with his fastball, but he's more effective in the low 90s with some sink. His slurvy breaking ball and changeup need tightening up, and he needs to improve his command as well.
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Scouts weren't sure if Hassan offered more promise as a hitter or pitcher after watching him for three years at Duke. The Red Sox had divergent opinions even after taking him the 20th round of the 2009 draft, and decided to make him a full-time outfielder after he batted .289 while earning all-star honors in the Cape Cod League that summer. Since signing for $90,000, he has sprayed line drives all over the field and gotten on base. No one in the system controls the strike zone better than Hassan, who works deep counts and isn't afraid to hit with two strikes. He has a lot of moving parts to his swing, but he has good rhythm and makes consistent contact, so Boston hasn't tried to change it. His stroke is geared to the opposite field, but he's starting to get stronger and turn on more pitches. More power is critical for Hassan, who drives more doubles to the gaps than homers over the fence. He's sort of a tweener who doesn't have the pop to be an everyday player on an outfield corner and doesn't run well enough to man center field on a regular basis. With fringy speed and average arm strength, Hassan fits best in left field. He's a steady defender who recorded 11 assists and topped Eastern League outfielders with a .995 fielding percentage in 2011. He'll advance to Triple-A and could see his first big league action in 2012.
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- Rated Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the International League in 2012
- Rated Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Boston Red Sox in 2012
- Rated Best Strike-Zone Discipline in the Eastern League in 2011