A Sensational Stassi Story

Hard to believe that it was eleven years ago that Chris Coste, a 33 year-old journeyman ballplayer who had never played in the majors, had a blistering spring but didn’t make the Phillies out of Clearwater.  Brock Stassi, a 27 year-old, was at risk for the same fate as a non-roster invitee to spring training this year.  Not drafted until the 33rd round in 2011, Stassi got off to a rough start in low A ball.  He seemed to blossom in advanced A in Clearwater, then struggled the following year (2014) in AA at Reading.  A repeat year in Reading served him well, and in 2015 he shined enough to be promoted to AAA where he did reasonably well.  But nothing compared to the blistering Coste-like spring he enjoyed this month.

So there he was, up on the stadium board this afternoon with a .339 batting average punctuated by 6 HR and 17 RBI while the Phillies were being throttled by the Yankees 14-1.  But still now word as to whether Stassi had made the team as a bench player, despite the fact that they desperately needed his left-handed power bat and could benefit from his versatility in playing left field reasonable well to complement his natural slick fielding at first base.

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And this evening, word came that Stassi had officially made the club.  Seeing his reaction can make grown men misty-eyed.

About Leonard J. Press, O.D., FAAO, FCOVD

Developmental Optometry is my passion as well as occupation. Blogging allows me to share thoughts in a unique visual style.
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2 Responses to A Sensational Stassi Story

  1. doctuhdon says:

    You can’t help but root for this young man !!

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