WAUSAU (WAOW) - The Wisconsin Woodchucks have announced the signing of the talented University of Nevada outfielder/pitcher Brock Stassi for the 2010 summer. Stassi, a dynamic southpaw battling through his junior campaign, is a weekend starting pitcher and serves as the designated hitter on his pitching off-days.
Stassi has an extremely impressive baseball pedigree, dating back to his great-great uncle who was teammates with Lou Gehrig and Babe Ruth while playing for the Yankees. Following in his great-great uncle's footsteps were Brock's great grandfather, great uncle, grandfather, and father (also a Nevada graduate) who have all played at some level of professional baseball- not to mention Brock's little brother Max, who was drafted last year by the Oakland Athletics out of high school.
A Yuba City, California native, Stassi stands at 6'2" tall and 190 lbs. The 20-year-old social studies major is tearing up the Western Athletic Conference this year, both at the plate and on the mound. Through 27 starts as a hitter, Stassi has a .400 average with 5 triples, 5 HR, and 20 RBI, all while collecting more walks than strikeouts. Through 42.2 innings on the mound this season, Stassi has a much improved 3.38 ERA with an impressive 1.24 WHIP while tossing two complete games.
"I am extremely excited to play in the Northwoods League this summer and have heard lots of great things about the Wisconsin Woodchucks," said Stassi on joining the ‘Chucks. "[I] can't wait to get out to Wisconsin and get the summer started."
This summer Brock will give the Woodchucks a battle-tested lefty on the mound, an experienced left-handed bat, and an athletic outfielder with a cannon arm. If the Stassi bloodlines run strongly in young Brock- as it appears they do- ‘Chucks fans can expect big things from Brock this summer.
Online Reporter - Jayson Geiser