Posted by Jay Floyd, Fri, July 03, 2015 10:30 AM Comments: 14
First baseman Brock Stassi has been a top offensive performer all season long for the Double-A Reading Fightins. While helping to keep his team in the Eastern League playoff hunt, the 25-year-old lefty batter has posted a .317 average with seven home runs while leading the league in RBI with 52.
Stassi,the Phillies’ 33rd round draft pick in 2011, entered the 2015 season as a .246 career hitter with 15 homers in four professional seasons.
Recently, I spoke with Stassi about his solid success at the plate this year and plenty more. Read ahead for that interview.
-You’ve had quite a season to date and have really increased your offensive numbers compared to previous seasons. What do you attribute to the improvements you’ve made?
This off-season it all started with breaking down my swing from the ground up. Me and my brother Max, who’s with the Astros, live together and the way last year ended, and the way last year ended made me want to work harder this off-season than I ever had before. And Max was noticing some things online and some videos from guys and we ended up breaking our swings down from the ground up, so it’s basically a new swing that I’m working with. I give a lot of the credit to that, really slowing things down for me, so it’s going well so far.
-Was there someone the Max linked up with for assistance with breaking down the video?
There’s a guy, Bobby Tewksbury is his name and we came across him and he had some different hitting philosophies that nobody has ever really be taught. It’s really some kind of revolutionary stuff that’s starting to catch on. We got in touch with him, sent him some video and he sent us some video back, telling us what we saw and what we should be doing.
Max was- I substitute teach in the off-season and he’d be up till 2, 3 in the morning just online looking at stuff and it was actually Josh Donaldson, Max played with him when he was with Oakland and stuff like that and it was on his Twitter that Max saw him going back and forth with Bobby Tewksbury and Max ended up following him and got in touch with him and talked to Josh about it too and that’s his guy that he goes to with his hitting stuff and so we kind of hopped on board with that. Continue reading PN Interview: Reading Fightins All-Star Brock Stassi