Mostly playing LF in Portland, but has a handfull in right as well.
From Mark Normandin of SB Nation: Link
is an intriguing prospect. He certainly has patience, as he has posted a career minor league on-base percentage of .407 despite hitting "just" .302 there, but the Milton, Massachusetts native hasn't shown a ton of power at any level. He does have excellent plate discipline, there is no denying that, and he controls the strike zone well (44 strikeouts against 49 walks this year). There is the urge to compare him to Kevin Youkilis
, as the Portland Sea Dogs announcers did in last night's game, but when comps aren't perfect, there isn't any reason to use them.
I'm not sure this one is perfect, either. There is a very real chance we just want
Hassan to be Youkilis, because hey, why wouldn't
we want another one of those guys who is going to come into their power and be one of the top hitters in the majors after impressive displays of plate discipline in the minors?
That isn't to say Hassan isn't worth paying attention to, just that we should look at him for who he is instead of who we want him to be. It makes for clearer and more realistic projections. He knows the strike zone, and can do some damage with pitches that he swings at, and can avoid the strikeout. There is a lot to like there, even if he hasn't made his way onto any top prospects lists."
Hassan was drafted in 2009, and has never struggled at any level. He has always put up very similar lines from level-to-level and year-to-year, and for this, he should be commended. He's 23 years old in the Eastern League right now (read: the same age as Ryan Kalish
and one year younger than Josh Reddick
), so, like Wilson, I'm interested in seeing what he does when he climbs that last rung of the minor league ladder."