Max Stassi
Max Stassi
28-Year-Old CatcherC
Los Angeles Angels
Injury Hip
Est. Return 3/1/2020
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Finally given an Opening Day roster spot after playing a total of 44 big-league games over the previous five seasons, Stassi proved to be an adequate backup catcher. He hit .226/.316/.394 (good for a league-average 100 wRC+) with eight homers in 250 plate appearances, spending stretches as the primary catcher while Brian McCann battled knee injuries. The Astros were hesitant to trust Stassi with a starting job, however, and brought in Martin Maldonado for the stretch run. After both McCann and Maldonado left in free agency, the team signed Robinson Chirinos. Stassi's excellent framing metrics will likely afford him a few starts per week, but that's it. Read Past Outlooks
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No lock for Opening Day
CLos Angeles Angels
November 11, 2019
Stassi (hip) may not be ready to go by Opening Day, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
Stassi underwent a hip procedure in late September that was expected to keep him out for 4-to-6 months. The back end of that window should have had him ready to go right around Opening Day, but he appears to be potentially a bit behind schedule since his availability for the start of the season is now in doubt.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .559 155 13 4 13 0 .171 .252 .307
Since 2017vs Right .622 273 27 7 23 0 .203 .297 .325
2019vs Left .194 42 1 0 0 0 .028 .167 .028
2019vs Right .447 105 6 1 5 0 .177 .229 .219
2018vs Left .681 100 9 3 11 0 .228 .290 .391
2018vs Right .729 150 19 5 16 0 .225 .333 .395
2017vs Left .731 13 3 1 2 0 .167 .231 .500
2017vs Right .806 18 2 1 2 0 .167 .389 .417
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OPS on Road
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OPS on Road
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .476 187 12 2 11 0 .158 .246 .230
Since 2017Away .694 241 28 9 25 0 .217 .307 .387
2019Home .361 67 2 0 3 0 .136 .209 .153
2019Away .391 80 5 1 2 0 .137 .213 .178
2018Home .529 108 9 1 7 0 .177 .269 .260
2018Away .848 142 19 7 20 0 .264 .352 .496
2017Home .650 12 1 1 1 0 .100 .250 .400
2017Away .868 19 4 1 3 0 .214 .368 .500
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Stat Review
How does Max Stassi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Those looking to fill the second catcher spot on the cheap in 15-team leagues should consider Stassi. He displayed improved patience with Triple-A Fresno last season, lifting his walk rate from 7.5 percent to 13.2 percent. Stassi also flashed more power, hitting 12 homers with a .207 ISO in 287 plate appearances with Fresno and adding two more long balls in just 31 trips with the big club. He hit .338/.430/.613 against left-handed pitching with Fresno, and got on base at a .361 clip against right-handers. Brian McCann has been durable throughout his career, but McCann made two trips to the DL last season (concussion, knee) and is now entering his age-34 season. With Evan Gattis likely to serve as the primary designated hitter, Stassi has a clear path to semi-regular at-bats, and he's one injury away from a primary role in an elite American League offense.
Stassi was once again a September call-up for the Astros, making it four years in a row. Although Stassi hit well in his extremely limited big league action from 2013-2015, he got just one hit in 13 at-bats in 2016 after hitting .230 with seven home runs for Triple-A Fresno. While he flashed average power at lower levels, Stassi has averaged just 10 home runs while walking at a rate of well under 10 percent the last three years. He's never hit above .280 in any full season, and at just 5-foot-10 and 190 pounds, there's little to suggest the potential for major improvements in the power department. Jason Castro is gone, but the Astros traded for 32-year-old catcher Brian McCann in the offseason as a replacement. It's clear the Astros don't think much of Stassi's chances to become a viable starting catcher.
Stassi, who has been a September callup for the Astros each of the past three seasons, hit .211/.279/.384 with 13 home runs and 43 RBI over 84 games for Triple-A Fresno last season. It was the fourth time he's posted 13 or more homers during a season in the minors, but it also marked the second consecutive season in which he posted an OBP below .300. Hank Conger was traded to Tampa Bay in the offseason, creating an opening for the backup job behind Jason Castro, Stassi has shown little to suggest he's worthy of anything more than sporadic opportunities.
The Astros have a logjam at the catcher position and Stassi currently has the least big league experience of the backstops on their 40-man roster. Known for his bat as opposed to his arm and defense behind the plate, the soon-to-be 24-year-old struggled last season for Triple-A Oklahoma City, hitting .247/.296/.378 with nine home runs and 45 RBI in 101 games. While it was his first full season with fewer than 13 long balls, Stassi remained healthy for the most part, logging 425 plate appearances. It's possible that he'll repeat Triple-A again, but his future in Houston is currently undecided. His clearest path at playing time would likely come as the backup to Hank Conger if Jason Castro is traded. Then again, Stassi could be a trade candidate himself if the Astros choose experience over youth and upside.
Stassi, a right-handed hitting catcher known for his excellent bat and average defense behind the plate, put together a fine offensive campaign for Double-A Corpus Christi after undergoing sports hernia surgery last offseason. In 76 games, the soon-to-be 23-year-old slashed .277/.333/.529 with 17 home runs and 60 RBI before an injury to Astros backup catcher, Carlos Corporan, opened the door for him in Houston. Stassi's time in the majors was short-lived, however, after he was forced to the disabled list with a concussion. Stassi has been hampered by a number of injuries throughout his career, but if he can stay healthy and keep hitting like he has in the minors, he could easily overtake Corporan as the backup behind Jason Castro. He will most likely return to Triple-A for the start of the 2014 campaign, but there's a good chance he will spend more time in Houston next season.
The A's selected Stassi in the fourth round of the June draft, but he's considered to be first-round talent and signability concerns led to his slide down the draft board. The track record for high school catchers isn't great, and we won't have a feel for Stassi's pro prospects for several more seasons, but the scouting report on him is pretty favorable.
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Needs hip surgery
CLos Angeles Angels
September 24, 2019
Stassi will undergo right hip surgery next week and will need 4-to-6 months to recover, Rhett Bollinger of reports.
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Sees specialist
CLos Angeles Angels
September 21, 2019
Stassi saw a specialist Friday to address his sore oblique, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Remains out
CLos Angeles Angels
September 16, 2019
Stassi (oblique) is improving but has not been cleared to play, Jeff Fletcher of The Orange County Register reports.
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Nursing sore oblique
CLos Angeles Angels
September 11, 2019
Stassi has been dealing with a sore oblique, Maria Torres of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Out Tuesday
CLos Angeles Angels
September 10, 2019
Stassi (side) remains out of the lineup Tuesday against the Indians.
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