The Oakland A's continued to fill out their 40-man roster, adding outfielder Alex Hassan on a waiver claim from the Boston Red Sox. The A's now have one open spot on their 40-man roster. Hassan is the fourth player claimed by the A's off of waivers this off-season, with Jorge De Leon, Andrew Brown and Taylor Thompson being the other three.
Hassan is a right-handed hitting outfielder who is known as one of the most patient hitters in the minor leagues. The Duke alum was a 20th round draft pick of the Red Sox in 2009. In five minor league seasons with the Red Sox, Hassan has a career .396 OBP and 304 walks in 587 games. He has also limited his strike-outs, whiffing just 397 times.
Hassan rose through the Boston system fairly quickly, reaching Triple-A as a regular player by 2012. Injuries limited him to just 94 games in 2012 and 63 games in 2013, but he was able to appear in 114 games in 2014 at the Triple-A level. He hit .287/.378/.426 for Triple-A Pawtucket. Hassan made his major-league debut in 2014, collecting one hit in eight at-bats.
Hassan gives the A's another right-handed hitting option in the outfield. Earlier this off-season, the A's claimed Brown off waivers from the Mets. Brown is a right-handed hitting power hitter, whereas Hassan is more of an on-base-oriented hitter. They join Craig Gentry as the pure right-handed hitting outfielders on the A's roster. First baseman/outfielder Kyle Blanks is also on the A's 40-man roster (although he is coming off of a calf issue which may limit how much outfield he plays), as well as switch-hitters Coco Crisp and Billy Burns. Hassan hit .333 versus left-handers in Triple-A last season.
Hassan was a college teammate of A's first baseman/DH Nate Freiman. Ironically, both will be competing for at-bats this spring as right-handed bench options.