Yuba City High product Max Stassi is expected to return to the Major Leagues this weekend after missing nearly a month since being hit in the face with a fastball in just his second game with the Houston Astros.
Stassi flew to Kissimmee, Fla., on Wednesday and will spend three days in the Astros' Instructional League. He is set to return
Yuba City's Max Stassi is in good spirits and has been putting in extra time behind the scenes, according to a report from MLB.com.
Stassi, who was hit in the face with a pitch on Aug. 21 in his second Major League Baseball game, is still recovering from a concussion and is on the Houston Astros' seven-day concussion disabled list.
Jim Stassi has been to his fair share of big league stadiums.
The former San Francisco Giants farmhand and longtime Yuba City High coach said walking into Rangers Ballpark at Arlington in Texas on Tuesday afternoon was unlike any experience he has ever felt in his life.
Everything started out normal. He pulled up in the parking l
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Yuba City High product Max Stassi has been promoted from Double-A Corpus Christi to the Houston Astros and will start for the big-league club in Arlington, Texas tonight for their game with the Texas Rangers.
The two teams play at 5 p.m. and Stassi will bat seventh as the Astros’ designated hitter
Fresh off being named the Double-A Texas League's Player of the Month, Yuba City High product Max Stassi is continuing to swing a hot bat for the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Stassi finished 8 for 26 with a home run, a double and three more RBIs in the six games he played this week, helping the Hooks to a 4-2 record.
A catcher in the Ho
Summer baseball in the Yuba-Sutter area has become a staple of our community.
Since 2002, local fans have enjoyed the yearly, three-month season of the Marysville (née Yuba-Sutter) Gold Sox, filled with the traditions they have come to know and love.
Long before the crowd at Appeal-Democrat Park was doing the chicken dance
Max Stassi had a month to remember.
The Yuba City High product was named the Double-A Texas League's Player of the Month after finishing July with a .333 batting average, 11 home runs, 17 runs and 24 RBIs in 24 games.
He carried that hot bat into August and completed another strong week for the Corpus Christi Hooks.
Life moves at a different pace up in Humboldt County.
Cameron Olson had that "We're not in Kansas anymore" moment on his first day in Arcata.
He made the roughly 250-mile journey up California's North Coast in late May and arrived in the quirky coastal town with little knowledge of the area.
When he walked up to a restaur
Max Stassi's former organization received a reminder this week as to why they drafted the Yuba City High product and rated him as one of their top prospects for four seasons.
Stassi continued his spectacular month of July with an impressive week at the plate, including three more home runs after belting five roundtrippers the previous we
Brian Hickman always dreamed of a life in baseball.
His ideal lifestyle consisted of going to the ballpark every day and being around the game he's loved his whole life.
After 11 years in baseball as a professional, he's living out that dream, just in a different way than he envisioned.
A baseball lifer, Hickman has made
Major League Baseball held its home run derby last week at Citi Field in New York — Max Stassi decided to hold his own showcase in the Texas League.
The Yuba City High product homered in each game he played in this past week for the Corpus Christi Hooks as he currently rides a streak of five straight games with a homer.
The Oroville Post 95 American Legion baseball team was eliminated from the Area 1 Tournament on Thursday morning at Chico's Doryland Field.
Oroville was ousted by the Redding Tigers 9-2, a day after losing 10-8 to Napa.
Redding raced out to a 7-0 lead and never looked back. The Tigers scored three runs in the second inning and fo
Loaded with some of the Yuba-Sutter area's top baseball talent, the Oroville Post 95 American Legion squad began play at the Area 1 Tournament on Wednesday at Chico's Doryland Field.
Oroville swept Orland Post 45 last week to win the District 4 championship and a berth in the eight-team, double-elimination Area 1 tourney, which features
It was a good week at the yard for the Stassi brothers, as they each turned in solid numbers for their respective minor league squads.
Max Stassi, a catcher for the Corpus Christi Hooks of the Texas League, smacked a home run on July 8 in a 4-2 win over the Tulsa Drillers.
Stassi turned in 2-for-4 outings on Sunday and July 10 fo
Welcome to our new weekly update, Down on the Farm, where we catch up with local baseball players making their way through the minor leagues.
Let's start this trek across the United States in Clearwater, Fla., where 2007 Yuba City High graduate Brock Stassi leads the local contingent of farmhands.
Through Sunday's action, the Uni
Five Mid-Valley area products were named to the All-State baseball team by Cal-Hi Sports on Friday in the medium- and small-school divisions.
Yuba City High graduate Chandler Eden earned a first-team selection as a pitcher on the medium school list.
The Oregon State-bound right-hander was the Appeal-Demorat's All-Area Player of t
Chandler Eden's pitching career was almost over before it even began.
As a 14-year-old with Yuba City High's freshman baseball team in 2010, Eden had to find courage on the pitcher's mound in just his first year of high school ball.
His coach that season was now-varsity skipper Dave Rodriguez. He remembers the moment as if it hap
After another quality season of prep baseball in the Mid-Valley, here's a breakdown of our first team:
Chad Perry, Sr., Marysville
The Indians' do-it-all standout concluded a fantastic four-year varsity career with Marysville by earning the Golden Empire League MVP award.
Headed to Sacrament
It may have just been January, but Eric Lay already had a plan in place.
After taking over the Colusa High baseball program after a decade-long run of unprecedented success at neighboring Maxwell, Lay took one look at his team during winter workouts and knew what they had to do to become winners.
Hitting the ball out of the ballp
All three of us sat, stewed and avoided the one topic we didn't want to face at this year's All-Area meeting — Coach of the Year for baseball.
Each year, we can logically come up with an obvious or right choice.
This year, it was a mess. It was the toughest decision in any sport over the last five years: Three well-deservin
The All-Northern Section baseball team for the 2013 season was named on Monday, and Sutter High stole the show with six selections.
Nathan Ahlers was named MVP of the section, and his coach, Mark Renfree, was named Coach of the Year.
Selections are put together by members of media who cover Northern Section sports.
Since age 11, Chandler Eden and Cooper Goldby have basically been a package deal.
The two Yuba City High graduates competed against each other in Little League, Eden with Sutter Buttes and Goldby at Sutter Area, but formed quite the tandem as a pitcher-catcher combo on the travel ball circuit.
As freshmen at Yuba City in 2010, th
Three local senior baseball standouts have been selected to play in Saturday's 42nd annual Optimist All-Star Game in Sacramento.
Yuba City High's Chandler Eden, Marysville's Chad Perry and River Valley's Stuart Bradley will all compete in the event, which will be held at the Dan McAuliffe Memorial Ballparks in Sacramento near Sacramento
Chandler Eden and Cooper Goldby might have more than just a graduation to celebrate this weekend.
The two seniors, who have played together since age 11, will graduate together from Yuba City High on Friday night and may hear their names called by a big league franchise during this weekend's MLB Draft.
Rounds 1 and 2 will air on
Blake Grant-Parks has been through the MLB Draft process before — that doesn't mean he won't be on pins and needles this weekend.
Drafted in the 28th round by the Tampa Bay Rays following his senior year at Yuba City High in 2011, Grant-Parks is likely to be taken by a big league club in this weekend's MLB Draft.