2014 Summary: Maxx Tissenbaum
TGB client Maxx Tissenbaum certainly had a year to remember. Ringing in 2014 as a member of the San Diego Padres, Tissenbaum was acquired by the Tampa Bay Rays as part of a seven-player deal just a few weeks later. Shortly thereafter, the Rays determined they wanted to move their newest player from second base to behind the plate, arguably the toughest defensive position in the game. Often times a position change can prove difficult, and can also affect a player’s offensive production. That was not the case with the Toronto native.
Tissenbaum’s output with the bat was stellar, posting a .288 average with 6 home runs and 51 RBI’s for Tampa Bay’s High-A level Charlotte Stone Crabs. Tissenbaum, a left-handed hitter, was dominant against his left-handed counterparts hitting .307 in 88 at-bats. What stands out most about his season was the fact that Maxx only struck out 35 times in 358 plate appearances, good for a 9.8% strikeout percentage. Tissenbaum also had a remarkable year with the glove in his first season behind the plate. In 302.1 innings played, he only committed two errors and posted a .992 fielding percentage. Even more impressive, the Stony Brook alum threw out 42.9% of all would-be base stealers. Tissenbaum’s outstanding season did not go unnoticed as he was named a Mid-Season All-Star in the Florida State League.
After a couple months off at the end of the minor league season, Tissenbaum headed down under to play winter ball for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League. The former 11th round pick continued where he left off in North America, hitting .340 and posting a .972 OPS. Tissenbaum accumulated 29 RBI’s and 9 home runs, tying him for third in the ABL. Just as he did with the Stone Crabs, Maxx was again recognized as an All-Star participating in the ABL All-Star Game in December.
Returning home at the end of January, Tissenbaum has a short break before he heads back down to Florida for spring training. Coming off a strong showing in the Florida State League last season, Tissenbaum expects to see some time at Tampa's AA-level affiliate, the Montgomery Biscuits, in 2015.