Houston Astros Minor League Spotlight: Max Stassi
Max Stassi is the third product of the trade that sent Jed Lowrie to the Oakland A’s, along with Brad Peacock and Chris Carter. Stassi has been nothing short of outstanding this year.
Falling out of the Astros top 20 prospects after the deadline acquisitions, Stassi is only getting better. His prospect grades (1-8) placed him at a three for power and a four for hitting.
Stassi is laughing in the face of those predictions, hitting 15 HR and 49 RBI for Double-A Corpus Christi Hooks. In his past 10 games alone, Stassi has hit .410 with four HRs and nine RBI. He was named as the Texas League player of the week last week and shows no signs of letting up.
But does Stassi have what it takes to make a splash in the MLB?
With Jason Castro holding down the fort with adequate numbers and Carlos Perez waiting in Triple-A with decent enough production, Stassi is exceeding expectations just another level down.
Castro is the hands down number one catcher in the Astros organization, but hopefully Stassi is at least on his radar and motivating him to keep improving. There are no givens on a team in the Astros position, where competition is heating up for every position. Should one player start a skid, another is waiting in the ranks to replace him.
Stassi may be that guy waiting in the shadows.
He’s not one of the highest rated prospects, he’s at one of the few seemingly secure positions on the pro-ball Astros and he’s still only in Double-A, but look for a buzz to begin to circulate around Stassi if he can keep up his blazing pace.
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