Alexander Omar Hinshaw... Attended Claremont High School in California and attended Chaffey College and San Diego State
University... Married... His uncle (mother's brother), Gul Ahmed Sherzada, was previously Afghanistan's ambassador to Spain...
Credits his love of baseball to his grandmother, who would watch baseball with him while his parents worked... Learned to
throw from grandmother, who was the only lefty in his family... Was selected three times in the First-Year Player Draft before
signing with the Giants in 2005: 2000 - San Francisco Giants (28th round), 2002 - San Francisco Giants (29th round), 2003 -
Florida Marlins (25th round, 2005 - San Francisco Giants (15th round).2012Began the season with Tucson (AAA) in the Padres system making 14 appearances...Was recalled to San Diego on May 8 and made 31 appearances out of the bullpen... Held Lefties to a .196 average and
.217 overall... Seven of 31 outings were one inning or less and 22 of 31 were scoreless... Fanned 36 in 28 innings however
walked 20...Was designated for assignment on Aug. 14 and claimed by the Cubs on Aug. 19...Appeared in two games with the Cubs, the final outing allwoing five runs without retiring any of the five batters faced,
including three home runs.2011Split the campaign between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno, making a combined 45 relief appearances...Went 2-0 with a 4.80 ERA (24 ER/45.0 IP) between his two minor league stops...Averaged 11.6 strikeouts per 9.0 innings with 58 on the year.2010Played for triple-A Fresno for entire season, going 2-4 with 4.82 ERA (30er, 56.0ip) in 50 games...Appeared in 2nd-most games (50) in bullpen, behind only Geno Espinelli (53)...Had outstanding run from July 15-Aug. 14, not allowing an earned run in 11.1 innings over 11 games...Held lefties to .179 avg. against (14-for-78), allowing only 3 extra-base hits (3 2Bs).2009Made his first Opening Day roster, beginning the season with the Giants...made seven appearances in the Big Leagues before being optioned to Triple-A Fresno...Spent the majority of the year in Triple-A, making two more Big League appearances toward the end of the season...Optioned back to Triple-A on 4/21 and was recalled 8/28...optioned to Double-A Connecticut 9/8 and made five appearances during the Defenders' playoff run.2008Began the season with Triple-A Fresno before making his Major League debut with the Giants...Contract was selected from Fresno on 5/15 and made his Big League debut the same day vs. HOU...tallied his first win 6/1 vs. SD...Ranked 11th among NL relievers with 10.66 strikeouts per 9.0 IP...also recorded a .220 opponent average (31-for-141), which ranked eighth among left-handed NL relievers...Prior to joining the Giants, served as Fresno's closer...converted seven of eight save opportunities in 13 appearances before being called up.2007Continued his progression up the Giants system, spending the entire season at Double-A Connecticut...Posted a career-best 1.96 ERA (9 ER/41.1 IP) while averaging 10.9 strikeouts per 9.0 IP...Named to the Eastern League mid-season All-Star team.2006Spent the entire campaign with Single-A San Jose, where he was named to the California League mid-season All-Star team.2005Made his professional debut with Short-A Salem-Keizer...Struck out 33 in 22.0 innings of relief, averaging 13.5 strikeouts per 9.0 IP.