Unlike the other three outfielders on the Scottsdale Scorpions roster, I probably do need an introduction. My name is Alex Hassan, I was born and raised in Milton, Ma. and played baseball at Duke University in college. I was drafted in the 20th round by the Boston Red Sox as a right handed pitcher. I did not sign initially, and instead went to the Cape Cod Baseball League where I pitched and played the outfield. By the end of the summer the Red Sox decided I would have a better future as an outfielder then as a right handed pitcher, which was pretty exciting for me. People always ask me where do I think I would be if I pitched instead of played the outfield and I always answer “injured”. I signed a contract in August of 2009 and have been working my way through the system ever since. This past season was my second full season in the Red Sox organization where I played the entire year in Double A Portland.
I found out I would be coming to the Arizona Fall League in August and I was immediately really excited about this opportunity. It is definitely a huge honor to be selected to play in this league, something that I know everyone here is really proud of. The thing i am probably most excited about is the opportunity to meet and talk to the coaches and great players in this league. It is always great to get to talk to other players and coaches and sort of pick their brains about their routines, or how they approach the game and what makes them successful. So far we have only had two light workouts but it feels great to be playing baseball again and hanging out with my teammates at the field. Once we start playing games there will be a lot more interesting baseball related topics, but for now I just wanted to introduce myself and let everyone know that I am really excited to have the opportunity to share my AFL experiences.