Max Robert Stassi...On Twitter @MaxStassi10...During the 2020 offseason, along with teammate Ty Buttrey, held a Zoom call along to lift the spirits of patients at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC)...Selected by the Oakland A’s in the fourth round of the 2009 draft...Signed by Jermaine Clark...Son of Jim Stassi who spent two seasons in the Giants organization (1982-83), brother of Brock Stassi, who last played 2019 season in Giants organization, was drafted in the 33rd round by the Phillies in 2011...Is the great-nephew of Myril Hoag who played 13 seasons in Majors...Grandfather played for the Hollywood Stars in the 1940’s while his great grandfather, Sam Stassi, played for the San Francisco Seals...Played with Team USA in 2006, winning gold in the Pan American Games, held in Barquisimeto, Venezuela...Along with his brother, Brock, held six charity events titled “Homers for the Hungry” which raised more than $100,000 for local food banks...Attended Yuba City High School and graduated in 2009...Batted .538 his senior year with 38 RBI and was named Tri-County Conference Co-Player of the Year...Finished high school with an overall .513 BA...Had committed to play UCLA before being drafted in the fourth round of the 2009 draft...Baseball America ranked him as the Best Pure Hitter and Best Strike-Zone Judgement in his high school class.
In third season with the Angels, established new career highs in hits, home runs, triples, RBI, runs scored and walks...Appeared in 87 games, one shy of matching a career high (88 in 2018)...13 home runs were the most by an Angels catcher since Martin Maldonado’s 14 in 2017...Was the first Halo catcher to log 13+ HR and 25+ walks in a season since Mike Napoli in 2009...According to FanGraphs.com, led the Majors with a 12.0 frame rate, 2.3 better than any other backstop in the Majors (min. 500 innings)...10 defensive runs saved (DRS) ranked second on the club trailing only David Fletcher (13 DRS) while his 17.1 defensive rating was tops on the team (Luis Rengifo’s 3.6 at second base ranked second on the Club)...10 DRS were tied for fourth in the Majors by a catcher (min. 500 innings)...Hit .296 with six home runs and 16 RBI prior to the All-Star Break...Became the third Angels catcher to hit .295 prior to the Midsummer Classic (min. 100 PA), joining Don Slaught (1996) and Bengie Molina (2000 & 2005).
Despite shortened season, posted second most hits, home runs and RBI of career...Set new career highs in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging and OPS (min. 25 AB) during his second season with the Angels...Slugged .659 vs. left-handed pitching... Logged a career-high 1.2 bWAR, good for sixth on the team...Posted two DRS, tied for second on the Club and were tied for seventh by a big league catcher (min. 200 innings)... Went 4-for-4 with two home runs, two runs scored and three RBI Sept. 22 at Petco Park...Marked first career multi-home run game...Fourth Angels catcher to have at least four hits and two homers in a game joining Lance Parrish in 1990, Andy Allanson in 1995 and Bengie Molina in 2000.
Started season with Astros and played two stints in Houston...Played two games with both Triple-A Round Rock and Double-A Corpus Christi...During brief stint in the minors batted to a .375 (6/16) average with two doubles, two home runs, five RBI and a 1.287 OPS...Ranked third in league in strike rate (53.3%) and tied for 11th in runs from extra strikes (6) per Baseball Savant...Traded to Angels for OF Rainier Rivas and OF Raider Uteca...Played 20 games for Angels to close out season...Underwent right hip surgery at the end of the season.
Was named the Astros Rookie of the Year by the Houston Chapter of the BBWAA after leading all Astros catchers in starts (64) in what was his first full Major League season...marked the most starts by an Astros rookie catcher since Mitch Meluskey made 88 starts in 2000...was rated by Baseball Prospectus as the fourthbest pitch framer in the Majors (14.2 framing runs above average)...recorded 21 extra-base hits (13 doubles, 8 homers), the third-most by a rookie catcher in club history behind Mitch Meluskey (35 in 2000) and Mark Bailey (26 in 1984)...hit .264 with seven homers, 20 RBI and an .848 OPS (.352 OBP/.496 SLG) in 43 road games...made just two errors in 82 games behind the plate for a .997 fielding percentage...posted the fifth-best fielding percentage by a catcher in a single season in club history, behind Brad Ausmus (.999 in 2005, .998 in 2006, .997 in 2003) and Jason Castro (.999 in 2015)...led the Astros in average exit velocity (min. 100 batted balls) with a 90.0 mph average...ranked directly ahead of Alex Bregman (89.4 mph)... hit .340 (16x47) with four home runs, 20 RBI and a 1.116 OPS (.456 OBP/.660 SLG) with runners in scoring position...hit the longest home run by an Astros player all season, a 466-foot shot on June 9 at TEX...made his first-career Opening Day roster and spent the entire season on Houston's roster...joined Alex Treviño (1998) as the second catcher in Astros history to record a double in each of his first two games of a season...became the first Astros catcher to hit safely in each of his first six starts of a season since J.R. Towles in 2011...set a career-high in RBI with three on April 8 vs. SD...caught Gerrit Cole's one-hit, 16-strikeout shutout on May 4 at ARI...was the first time in his career that he caught a shutout in the Major Leagues.
Played in a career-high 14 games with the Astros in the Majors after a strong season at the Triple A level...three of his four hits went for extra-bases (1 double, 2 homers)...made six starts at catcher and appeared in 11 total games at the position...began the year at Triple A after getting outrighted off the 40-man roster on March 21...selected to the Major League roster on Aug. 14...placed on the 10-day DL on Aug. 25 with left hand inflammation...activated from the DL on Sept. 4... went 2x4 with a homer in his first Major League game of the season...his first three hits in the Majors went for extra-bases...in 73 games at Triple A Fresno, hit .266 (64x241) with 14 doubles, 12 homers, 33 RBI and an .856 OPS (.383 OBP/.473 SLG)...was named to the Triple A Pacific Coast League Midseason All-Star Team...appeared in three rehab games with Double A Corpus Christi, batting 4x9 (.444) with two homers and four RBI.
Played in nine games at the Major League level in a season spent mostly at Triple A Fresno...made two starts at catcher with the Astros in eight total games at the position...opened the season on the 15-day Disabled List while recovering from a hook of the hamate fracture in his left wrist...was activated from the DL and optioned to Fresno on May 8...was recalled to Houston on May 10 and optioned again on May 12...recalled to Houston for a final time on Sept. 5...started his first game of the season with Houston on May 11 vs. CLE... recorded his lone Major League hit of the season on Oct. 2 at LAA in a start at catcher...made a four-game rehab stint at Triple A from May 4-8 prior to his activation from the DL...recorded two hits and an RBI during the stint... overall, in 69 games at Triple A hit .230 (56x243) with 12 doubles, seven homers and 32 RBI.
Played in 11 games with Houston after being recalled from Triple A on Aug. 29...made four starts at catcher...hit his ﬁrst career homer on Sept. 19 vs. OAK in Houston's 10-6 win...spent the majority of the season at Triple A, where he hit .211 (62x294) with eight doubles, two triples, 13 homers and 43 RBI in 84 games...hit well in August, batting .294 (20x68) with three homers, 16 RBI and an .822 OPS (.351 OBP/.471 SLG) in 19 games at Triple A...following the season, played for Indios de Mayaguez in the Panama Winter League.
The Astros top catching prospect played in seven games this season as a September call-up...started in four games at catcher...building on the three games he played in 2013, set career-highs in almost every offensive category....entering the season was ranked as the Astros No. 19 prospect by MLB.com...attended Spring Training with Houston and was optioned to minor league camp on March 10...started the season with Triple A Oklahoma City, where he played 101 games...recalled to the Major League roster on Sept. 2...made his first career MLB start at catcher on Sept. 10 at SEA, and went 1x4 with a two-run single...was also RHP Nick Tropeano's MLB debut and was behind the plate for 17 of Tropeano's 23 outings at Triple A this season...per Elias, for the third time in franchise history, the Astros had a pitcher and catcher make their first career starts at those positions in the same game which last happened on Oct. 2, 1964 (pitcher: Danny Coombs; catcher: Dave Adlesh)...caught all four of Tropeano's starts for Houston...tallied a hit in five of his seven games in the Majors this season...recorded a career-high two multi-hit games...recorded his first-career extra-base hit, a double on Sept. 22 at TEX...was a Pacific Coast League All-Star this season...hit .247 (97x392) with 20 doubles, nine homers and 45 RBI in his 101 games at the Triple A level.
The Astros top catching prospect played the majority of the season at Double A Corpus Christi but made his Major League debut in August... played in two games with the Astros before sustaining a mild concussion on Aug. 23...made his MLB debut on Aug. 20 at TEX and went 2x3... became the 12th player in Astros history to record multiple hits in their MLB debut and the second of the season, joining OF Robbie Grossman (2x5 on April 24 vs. SEA)...prior to Grossman and Stassi, the last Astro to have a multi-hit game in his MLB debut was Orlando Miller (2x4) on July 8, 1994 at CHC...started his first two games at DH before making his first Major League appearance at catcher on Sept. 23 (caught 3.0 innings)...missed time during Spring Training with a sports hernia and was sent to Double A for the start of the 2013 season...suffered an oblique strain that pushed back his 2013 debut with Double A Corpus Christi to May 2...played in 79 games with the Double A Hooks before getting selected to the Major League roster on Aug. 20...suffered a mild concussion after getting hit in the face by a Tanner Scheppers fastball on Aug. 21 at TEX...was placed on the seven-day concussion DL from Aug. 22-Sept. 23...hit .277 (80x289) with 20 doubles, 17 homers, 60 RBI and a .529 slugging in 76 games at Double A...had a monstrous July, hitting .333 (29x87) with four doubles, one triple, 11 homers, 24 RBI and a 1.185 OPS in 24 games...was named the TOPPS Texas League Player of the Month for July and the Hooks Player of the Month...homered in five consecutive games from July 15-21 and hit 10 in 15 games from July 15-31...led the Texas League in batting average (.318), homers (16), slugging (.659) and OPS (1.026) in the second half of play ... 22-year-old did most of his damage against pitchers that were older than him in 2013, clubbing 16 of his 17 homers against older competition (.524 SLG) ... hit .286 with 15 HR against righties and .246 with two HR against lefties.
Batted .268 with a career-high 15 home runs and 45 RBI in 84 games with Class A Stockton in a season cut short due to two stints on the disabled list...led the California League in sacrifice flies (11)...hit .289 (24x83) against left-handed pitching compared to .260 (60x231) against right-handers...belted six home runs in 83 at bats against lefties (.578 slugging percentage) compared to nine in 231 at bats against righties (.429 slugging percentage)...had five home runs in 41 games before the All-Star Break and 10 in 43 games after the break...12 of his 15 round-trippers were solo shots...appeared exclusively at catcher on defense where he played in 66 games...tossed out 19-of-80 (23.8%) attempted base stealers...was named the best defensive catcher in the A's farm system by Baseball America...also hit .278 in 18 games as the designated hitter...hit in every spot in the order from third through eighth...batted fifth 38 times and fourth 29 times...played for Phoenix in the Arizona Fall League following the season and batted .271 with a home run and 11 RBI in 13 games
Appeared in just 31 games for Single-A Stockton, all at designated hitter, and batted .231 with two
home runs and 19 RBI...added 16 walks for a .331 on-base percentage...was limited to DH duties as he
rehabbed a right shoulder strain...was placed on the disabled list May 21 and later underwent season-ending surgery on the shoulder...batted .242 (22-for-91) against right-handed pitching compared to .200
against left-handers...had a .204 batting average with the bases empty but hit .254 with both of his home
runs with runners on base...hit .250 with runners in scoring position but that dropped to .160 with RISP
and two outs...saw most of his action batting clean-up (22 games), but also hit fifth (three times), sixth
(five times) and seventh (once).
STOCKTON: Had a pair of three-hit games April 9 at Modesto and April 12 at Visalia, and batted .368
over his first five games...then went 2-for-30 (.067) over his next eight contests to drop his average to
.148...had his third three-hit game of the season April 21 at Lancaster when he had a grand slam and
season-highs in runs (3) and RBI (5)...his second and final home run came two games later, April 29
against Bakersfield...had a season-best four-game hitting streak from April 21-30 (7-for-18, .389)...had
his fourth and final three-hit game May 4 at Inland Empire, boosting his average to .250...went 9-for-45
(.200) over his final 12 games to finish the year at .231.
Spent his first full professional season at Kane County, hitting .229 with 13 home runs and 51 RBI in
110 games...tied for the team lead in home runs but led the club with 141 strikeouts...batted .239 (26
for 109) against left-handed pitching, .225 (68 for 302) against right-handers...drove in 42 of his 51 runs
against righties...hit .264 at home compared to .196 on the road...had a .273 batting average during the
day, .217 at night...batted .205 when leading off an inning...hit 10 of his 13 home runs with the bases
empty...committed 14 errors in 95 games at catcher for a .984 fielding percentage...tossed out 42 of 125
(33.6%) attempted base stealers, which was the fourth best percentage in the Midwest League...also hit
.207 in 15 games at designated hitter...hit in each of the bottom six spots in the order, seeing his most
action with 33 games hitting fifth...was named the A's sixth best prospect by Baseball America following
the season...was also named as the Best Defensive Catcher in the A's organization in the magazine's
Best Tools survey for prospects.
Was the A's fourth round pick in the 2009 draft and signed at the deadline, Aug. 17...went 0 for 1 with
a walk in one game with the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League on Aug. 22 before he was transferred to Single-A Vancouver the next day...hit .286 with eight RBI in 13 games with the Canadians...
including .438 with runners in scoring position...appeared in eight games at catcher and tossed out 1 of
6 (16.7%) attempted base stealers...singled Aug. 24 at Salem-Keiser for his first professional hit...hit
safely in each of his final eight games (10 for 32, .313)...named as the A's fourth best prospect and best
defensive catcher by Baseball America following the season.