Max Stassi, Catcher, Houston Astros, #12
Date of Birth: 3/15/1991
Birthplace: Woodland, California
Max Stassi, catcher for the Houston Astros, comes from a family of minor leaguers. His professional baseball heritage goes back to his great grandfather and then down through his grandfather, father, and brother Brock, who plays in the Phillies' minor league system. He also had a great uncle who played major league baseball.
Stassi was originally drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2009. He played in the Athletics' minor league system from 2009 through 2012, although his playing time in 2011 was limited to just 31 games due to shoulder surgery.
The Astros traded Stassi to the Astros in February, 2013. He spent most of the 2013 and 2014 seasons in the minor leagues, joining the Astros for just three games in 2013 and seven games in 2014.
As a minor leaguer from 2009 through 2014, Stassi batted .252 with 397 hits, 228 RBIs, and 429 strikeouts to 132 walks in 416 games. Defensively, in 292 games as a catcher, he made 215 assists, 2,144 putouts, and 28 errors. He caught players trying to steal 28% of the time and he had a .988 fielding percentage.
In 2015, Stassi played in just 11 games with the Astros. He spent the rest of the season back in the minors.
Stassi spent most of the 2016 season in the minors, playing in just 9 games with the Astros.
Stassi, along with his brother Brock, have established the charity "Homers for the Hungry," an organization that aids food banks in Yuba City, California. They helped the organization raise $100,000 at one of their annual events. More information on the organization can be found at HomersForTheHungry.