The odds of any player making the major leagues is very low, the odds of a pair of brothers both playing in the major league is even less. In 2017, both Max and Brock Stassi saw time at the big league level. An exciting moment not only for the Stassi family but for all those fans who saw them play growing up in Yuba City or while playing for the Marysville Gold Sox.
Max appeared in 14 games for the American League champion Houston Astros this past season having previously seen big league time in each of the previous four seasons. In 44 career games in the show he has a .253 batting average. Originally a fourth round draft pick by the Oakland Athletics in the 2009 MLB Amateur Draft, he played one season with Gold Sox in 2009.
After being a 33rd-round pick in 2011 out of the University of Nevada and spending six seasons in the minors, Brock was a non-roster invitee to major-league spring training in 2017 impressed the Phillies enough to secure a spot on the 25-man roster out of camp. He appeared in 51 games in his rookie campaign. He played three seasons with the Gold Sox (2007-2008 and 2011). His first hit in the big leagues, was a 413 foot home run.
"A dream come true," Brock said upon learning that he had made the Phillies, choking back tears. "I made it to the big leagues and can finally say I'm a big leaguer. It's special."
The Stassi’s are a baseball family. Max and Brock's great, great uncle is Myril Hoag. He played 13 seasons in the big leagues from 1931-45, most notably playing on the Yankees with Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Joe DiMaggio. Their grandfather played Minor League baseball as well, and their father Jim played in the Giants' system from 1982-83. Jim coached baseball at Yuba City (Calif.) High School for about 25 years and also coached with the Gold Sox. The youngest Stassi brother, Jake, played at Long Beach State and Sacramento State