|Brock Stassi, image- Jay Floyd|
The Eastern League of Professional Baseball is pleased to announce that Reading Fightin Phils first baseman Brock Stassi has been selected as the winner of the 2015 Eastern League Most Valuable Player Award. Stassi is batting .312 (138-for-442) with 32 doubles, one triple, 14 home runs, 88 RBIs, 73 runs scored, three stolen bases, a .484 slugging percentage and a .402 on-base percentage in 124 games while helping lead Reading to first place in the Eastern Division standings. The 26-year old has reached base safely in 108 of the 122 games in which he's had a plate appearance this season for the Fightin Phils, including reaching base safely in 25 straight games from May 24th-June 22nd. He also has 40 multiple hit games this season, including going 4-for-8 with two RBIs, one walk and one stolen base in an 8-7, 18-inning win over Altoona on June 11th at FirstEnergy Stadium. In addition to his offensive contributions in that game, Stassi was also the winning pitcher, striking out three batters while closing out the game with three no-hit innings of relief.Stassi, who was selected by the Phillies in the 33rd round of the 2011 draft, is tops in the league in RBI, doubles and OPS (.886).
The EL MVP award was voted on by Eastern League managers and coaches as well as members of the media.
The six-foot-two 190-pound lefty batter spoke with Phillies Nation earlier this season about his turnaround at the plate. Click here to read that interview.
Additionally, the Eastern League also named Reading skipper Dusty Wathan manager of the year. Wathan is in his fourth season managing Reading and took the club t