|Boston Red Sox – No. 68|
April 1, 1988 |
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|June 1, 2014 for the Boston Red Sox|
(through June 3, 2014)
|Runs batted in||0|
Alexander Edward Hassan (born April 1, 1988) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Boston Red Sox of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6' 3", 195 lb., he bats and throws right handed.
Hassan was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 20th round of the 2009 draft out of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina. He went to Duke University after graduating from Boston College High School. A two-way player in college, he posted a .342 average with three home runs and 39 runs batted in as a junior at Duke in 2009. He also led the team with 56 runs scored, while going 2-2 with a 4.10 earned run average and a team-leading eight saves in 16 games pitched.
He was originally drafted as a pitcher, but impressed enough in the Cape Cod League in 2009 that the Boston organization decided to switch him to outfield. Being able to play in all three outfield positions, he is best suited at left field.
He opened 2011 with Double A Portland, and batted .291 with 13 home runs and 64 RBI in 126 games. He finished 3rd in the Eastern League in on-base percentage (.406), 4th in walks (76), 8th in On-base plus slugging (.902) and 12th in batting, while earning an EL All-Star berth during the midseason. In addition, he led all outfielders with a .995 fielding percentage, after committing only one error in 210 total chances, while his on-base percentage also was the best in the Red Sox minor league system.
Hassan was rated by Baseball America as having the best strike zone judgment in the Red Sox organization entering the 2012 season. He returned to Pawtucket in 2012. Even though he played only 94 games because of assorted injuries, he hit a career-low .256 average, but ranked 2nd in the team in OBP (.377), 3rd in RBI (46), and 8th in runs (39), hits (80) and doubles (12).
Hassan got a late start to the 2013 season with Pawtucket after recovering from injuries, being limited to 63 games, but grabbed a firm hold of his spot on the 40-man roster. He finished with a .338 average, which was the best in the organization, driving in 35 runs and scoring 30 times, while collecting a .457 OBP (also a best) and a .471 of slugging.
Hassan was called up to Boston from Pawtucket on May 30, 2014, and made his MLB debut on June 1. In his major league debut, Hassan went one hit in three at-bats with a run scored. He was optioned back to Pawtucket on June 8.
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- "Boston Red Sox prospects – Alex Hassan profile". Soxprospects.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
- "2012 Pawtucket Red Sox batting statistics". Baseball-reference.com. Retrieved December 14, 2013.
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