Hot Stove Party Invitees – Alex Hassan

You’re invited this Friday, January 13th to the 35th Annual Pawtucket Red Sox Hot Stove League Party at McCoy Stadium.  This FREE event is open to the public and gives our great fans a chance to get autographs and photos with some terrific Red Sox prospects.  I’ll profile each player on the blog this week leading up to Friday.

Today we start things off with Alex Hassan.

Ht.: 6-3      Wt.: 195      Age: 23     Hometown: Milton, Ma.    Drafted: 20th Rd., 2009

Hassan at the Futures at Fenway Game in 2010 (Kelly O'Connor)

Alex spent all of 2011 with Double-A Portland where he hit .291 over 126 games while clubbing 13 home runs and driving home 64 runs.  His defensive versatility was seen last year by playing all three outfield positions with the vast majority of games coming in left field where he stood in front of the “Maine Monster.”

The former Duke Blue Devil actually appeared in three road games for the PawSox in 2010, all in Scranton/WB.  In other words, there’s a good chance that this Friday will be his first time at McCoy Stadium.

Judging by the numbers, one of the impressive facets of Hassan’s game is his walk to strikeout ratio.  I thought it’d be fun to compare his 2011 Double-A BB/K numbers to those of Josh Reddick’s 2009 season in Portland:

 

Reddick
Games Played: 63     Walks: 30     Strikeouts: 62

(*Expanded to 126 games: 60 BB/124 K)

Hassan
Games Played: 126    Walks: 76     Strikeouts: 79

Of the 13 players in the Double-A Eastern League that hit .290 or above in 2011, only one player drew more walks than Hassan (Matt Rizzotti, Reading, 79).  In fact, his 76 walks were second to only Pawtucket’s Lars Anderson’s 80 in the Rex Sox farm system.

The soon-to-be PawSox spent this fall playing in the prestigious Arizona Fall League for the Scottsdale Scorpions.  There he played alongside the top two prospects in all of minor league baseball: Bryce Harper and Mike Trout.

This fall, Hassan actually had better numbers than Trout – the only player of the three to have seen big league action.

Harper
Games: 25     Avg.: 333     HR: 6     RBI: 26    BB: 11     K: 22

Hassan
Games: 25     Avg.: 253     HR: 2     RBI: 7       BB: 15     K: 16

Trout
Games: 25     Avg.: 245     HR: 1     RBI: 5       BB: 15     K: 33

OK, enough with the numbers, we’ll wrap this up with some fun stuff …

  • Originally drafted as right-handed pitcher but wanted to play outfield
  • Played in the Cape League in 2008 for Orleans where he played both positions
  • There he hit nearly .290 and made the Cape League All-Star Team
  • The following spring, he made the All-ACC second team as a junior and was drafted by the Sox
  • Boston eventually determined he had a chance to make a bigger impact at the plate than on the mound.
  • He’s probably smarter than all of us, was a psychology major at Duke.
  • Was also a National Honor Society member in high school
  • Threw a no-hitter in his first high school start as a freshman in 2003 at Boston College High School.
  • As a kid, his parents helped him build a mini-Fenway Park in his backyard complete with a tall plywood Green Monster, a mini Pesky pole in right, and a Citgo sign he dug up at an old gas station.

Without a doubt, Hassan should be fun to talk to this Friday night.  Hope to see you there.

-AG

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