Max Stassi
Max Stassi
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Houston Astros
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Will be third catcher
CHouston Astros
September 2, 2018
Stassi is third on the depth chart behind Brian McCann and Martin Maldonado, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.
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With McCann returning to the fold Saturday, manager A.J. Hinch outlined his strategy for divvying up playing time among three catchers. He said he'll ride the hot hand between McCann and Maldonado and "work Stassi in when I can." That's where Stassi has fallen after he looked like a Rookie of the Year candidate in the first half, when he slugged .457 while pounding left-handed pitching. He eventually lost the primary starter duties after Maldonado was acquired and will act as surplus catching over the final month of the season.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+7%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+10%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .668 116 12 4 13 0 .215 .276 .393
Since 2016vs Right .703 178 22 6 18 0 .212 .326 .377
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
2016vs Left .000 3 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016vs Right .200 10 1 0 0 0 .100 .100 .100
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+63%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+60%
OPS on Road
2017
 
 
+34%
OPS on Road
2016
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .509 127 11 2 8 0 .159 .252 .257
Since 2016Away .830 167 23 8 23 0 .255 .347 .483
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
2016Home .000 7 1 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2016Away .333 6 0 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167
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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.
BB/K
0.31
 
BB Rate
9.2%
 
K Rate
29.6%
 
BABIP
.302
 
ISO
.167
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.316
 
SLG
.394
 
OPS
.710
 
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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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Losing playing time to Maldonado
CHouston Astros
August 30, 2018
Stassi went 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in Wednesday's win over the Athletics.
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Sitting for series opener
CHouston Astros
August 14, 2018
Stassi is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rockies.
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Delivers decisive blow
CHouston Astros
August 2, 2018
Stassi went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Wednesday's 8-3 win over Seattle.
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Sitting out series finale
CHouston Astros
July 29, 2018
Stassi is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rangers.
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Gets day off
CHouston Astros
July 22, 2018
Stassi is out of the lineup Sunday against the Angels.
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