Brock Stassi's journeyto the majors is finally complete.
The 27-year-oldfirst baseman held back tears Thursday as he spoke with reporters just minutes after Phillies manager Pete Mackanin informed him hehad securedone of the final spots on the team's 25-man roster.
Stassi, who was selected in the 33rd round of the 2011 MLB Draft, had spent six seasons in the minor leagues before finally being called up for opening day.
— MLB (@MLB) March 31, 2017
"A dream come true," Stassi said emotionally. "I'm going to celebrate tonight, but it's not done. I don't just want to get there, I want to stay there.
"It was always my end goal and I never doubted myself ever."
His younger brotherMax Stassi, who catches for the Astros, also congratulated him on Twitter.
— Max Stassi (@MaxStassi10) March 30, 2017
Stassi hit.267/.369/.437 in 117 gameslast seasonwith the Phillies' Triple-A club in Lehigh Valley.