The Long Island Ducks recently announced the signing of former Philadelphia Phillies first baseman Brock Stassi.
Stassi enters his first season with the Ducks, second in the Atlantic League and tenth in professional baseball.
The Sacramento, California, native said he can’t wait to return to the diamond with his new team and enjoy a happy reunion with his former skipper, Walley Backman, with whom he played for while with the New Britain Bees in 2018.
“During these very trying times, I am excited to be joining the Ducks and hoping that things will get back to normal soon enough and we will be able to get back out on the field,” Stassi said on LIDucks.com. “I am looking forward to reuniting with Wally Backman and competing for a manager who wants to win as badly he does.”
The 30-year-old spent the 2019 season in the San Francisco Giants organization, combining to put up a .302 batting average, a .388 on-base percentage and 26 hits over 28 games between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Sacramento.
Stassi first made “The Show” as a member of the Phillies, collecting his first major league hit, a solo homer, off of then-New York Met pitcher Addison Reed on April 10, 2017.
The former University of Nevada, Reno, product smacked two long balls, seven RBI, six runs, two doubles, a triple and 12 walks in 51 tilts that season with Philadelphia.
With the Bees, the Phillies’ 33rd round selection of the 2011 MLB amateur draft amassed a .361 batting average, a .458 on-base percentage, five homers, 36 RBI, 32 runs, 11 doubles, four triples and 28 walks over 40 games during the 2018 campaign.
That proceeded the Giants to purchase Stassi’s contract, and he went on to post a .391 batting average and a .536 on-base percentage at Triple-A Sacramento.
The lefty hitter’s best season came in 2015 with Double-A Reading (Philadelphia), where the Eastern League named him the Most Valuable Player. He paced the circuit in RBI (90) and doubles (32) while ranking second in walks (77), third in runs (76) and games played (133), and fifth in home runs (15) and hits (140).
— Jerry Del Priore