Max Stassi Stats
- Height / Weight
- 5' 10" / 200 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 3/15/1991 (31)
Max Stassi Season Stats
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The Los Angeles Angels signed catcher Max Stassi to a three-year, $17.5 million extension on Thursday. He avoided arbitration after agreeing to terms on a one-year deal worth $3 million on Tuesday. The 31-year-old slashed .241/.326/.426 with a career-high 13 home runs, 35 RBI, and 45 runs scored in 319 plate appearances over 87 games. The Angels also signed catcher Kurt Suzuki signed a one-year, $1.75 million contract in mid-March, but he is expected to serve as the team's No.2 catcher. As the Angels ' primary backstop, Stassi should be in line for significant playing time and is a solid fantasy option in two-catcher formats.
Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi avoided salary arbitration on Tuesday by agreeing to a one-year, $3 million deal. In his second full season with the Halos last year, Stassi slashed .241/.326/.426 with a career-high 13 home runs, 35 RBI and 45 runs scored in 319 plate appearances over 87 games played. The power is nice from the weakest position in fantasy baseball, but Stassi's 31.7% strikeout rate is concerning. He will also split time behind the dish with veteran Kirk Suzuki, limiting his fantasy upside as a low-end No. 2 backstop. The 31-year-old is a career .225/.307/.384 hitter with a .691 OPS, 32 homers and 98 RBI over 301 games in nine major league seasons.
Los Angeles Angels catcher Max Stassi hit his second long ball in his last three games, a second-inning, two-run shot that put the Angels up 2-0 to the Texas Rangers before ultimately losing 5-2. He ended the day 1-for-3 with two RBI and a run scored. Stassi put up great numbers in the first half, slashing .296/.377/.496 in 36 games, but then fell off a cliff after the All-Star break. Over 46 games since the break, he's put up just a .704 OPS while hitting .215 and had a 21 game homeless streak. Overall, he's batting .249, slugging .440 and has 13 HRs thus far. Hopefully, Stassi is finding his groove again and can be one of the more offensively gifted catchers in baseball. He can be rostered in most leagues but shouldn't take a starting spot away from someone more consistent.
Coming off the best year of his career, Max Stassi has a lot working against him in 2021. First the good: Of his past three seasons where he received anything resembling normal playing time, 2020 saw him set career bests with a 10.5% walk rate, 20% K-rate, .256 isolated power, and .886 OPS. It was really the first time he revealed himself as a legitimate Major League hitter. Now the bad: It doesn't seem like anyone, including Los Angeles, totally trusts it. Though one of his first looks at extended playing time, '20 was still only 90 at-bats for Stassi. His batted-ball data is great, but the tiny sample size leaves consternation. So does the fact that Stassi is questionable for Opening Day as he recovers from offseason hip surgery. He had a similar procedure after the 2019 season as well, though on the opposite hip. And then there's the issue of the Angels signing Kurt Suzuki to a one-year deal. Angels GM Perry Minasian said he thought Suzuki would be used two to three times a week, essentially cutting into half of Stassi's days. 2020 was great for Stassi, but between the small sample of evidence that he's a good hitter, the preseason injury recovery, and the timeshare with veteran hitter Suzuki, Stassi is not usable in standard fantasy leagues beyond those that start two catchers.