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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/24/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Reds RHP Robert Stephenson turned in his best start of the season Wednesday for Double-A Pensacola, allowing one unearned run on two hits and four walks in five innings.
He struck out four batters in the outing, but threw only 46 of 84 pitches (54.8%) for strikes. Stephenson’s command issues have persisted in his second tour of the Southern League, as he’s now walked 22 batters in 28 2/3 innings (6.9 BB/9) to go along with a 1.64 WHIP. However, the fact that he’s missed more than a bat per inning (9.4 K/9) while holding opposing hitters to a .250 batting average highlights his room for improvement. The 22-year-old right-hander is still viewed as one of the better high-ceiling pitching prospects in the minor leagues, with three potentially plus pitches and youth on his side, but it’s become increasingly clear that he still has a ways to go in terms of refining his fastball command and developing more consistent secondary offerings. May 14 - 1:15 PM

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Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson allowed two earned runs on four hits and seven walks in 6 1/3 innings on Wednesday for Double-A Pensacola.

He struck out four batters in the outing, throwing 58 of his season-high 105 pitches for strikes. The seven walks were ugly, but Stephenson, who didn’t even make it out of the first inning in his previous start, was able to escape trouble throughout the game and pitched into the seventh inning. The 22-year-old flamethrower has struggled through five starts in his return to the Southern League, posting an 0-4 record, 6.85 ERA, 1.73 WHIP and 26/18 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 23 2/3 frames.
May 7 - 3:43 PM

Reds prospect Robert Stephenson (shoulder) threw 30 pitches of live batting practice Monday.

And he then rattled off another 25 pitches from a bullpen mound. "It felt good," Stephenson said afterward. The 22-year-old right-hander showed up to Reds camp last month with a bit of shoulder soreness, but he seems to be over it now. He could make his MLB debut in late 2015.
Mar 9 - 12:38 PM

Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson (shoulder) has been cleared to throw off a mound.

Stephenson's shoulder had been a little sore, but he said Sunday that "it feels really good." The hope, obviously, is that it's merely a bit of early-spring soreness that many pitchers go through, but it's certainly an ailment to keep an eye on. The Reds' top prospect, Stephenson could push to debut sometime in 2015 if he's healthy.
Feb 22 - 11:01 AM

Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson (shoulder) will be held back from throwing off a mound for a few days.

Stephenson has dealt with some shoulder fatigue in the minors from time to time and the Reds just want to make sure the shoulder is strong. Listed as the team's top prospect, Stephenson could push for a promotion at some point during the 2015 campaign.
Feb 20 - 11:18 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson scuffled again on Monday, giving up four runs on five hits and three walks over five innings for Double-A Pensacola.

He struck out five batters in the outing. Stephenson held his own during the first half of the season at Double-A, posting a 3.99 ERA and .212 BAA with 73 strikeouts over 70 innings. Unfortunately, the 21-year-old’s second half has been a struggle, evidenced by his 6.03 ERA, 11 home runs allowed and 33 walks in 59 2/3 frames. On the year, the hard-throwing right-hander owns a 4.93 ERA and 1.40 WHIP through 129 2/3 innings (25 starts). Stephenson has continued to miss bats at a favorable rate (9.1 K/9) against older hitters, but his 1.3 HR/9 and decreased groundball rate are two concerning trends to follow heading into 2015.
Tue, Aug 26, 2014 03:38:00 PM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson allowed eight runs -- seven earned -- over four innings for Double-A Pensacola on Wednesday.

Stephenson gave up only six hits, but that included one double, one triple, and two home runs, as well as two walks and one hit batsman. He has struggled in Double-A, posting a 4.84 ERA and a 1.396 WHIP, compounded by his 4.9 BB/9 rate and opposing batters putting up a .193 isolated power mark. Stephenson has a solid 9.1 K/9, but this season has not gone as well as the Reds' front office would have hoped.
Thu, Aug 21, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson allowed five runs on nine hits and two walks, striking out two batters for Double-A Pensacola on Saturday.

Four of the nine hits were doubles, and Stephenson has been hit hard over his past four starts, as opposing batters have put up a robust .290/.419/.565 line. Stephenson has been decent this year, putting up a 4.59 ERA and 1.383 WHIP with a 9.0 K/9 as a 21-year old in Double-A. He has the potential to be a No. 2, and is not likely to reach the major leagues until mid-2015.
Sun, Aug 10, 2014 10:23:00 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson allowed four runs (three earned) on three hits and seven walks while striking out six on Tuesday for Double-A Pensacola.

The 21-year-old has scuffled in back-to-back starts, with a combined 8.00 ERA and 11 walks over his last nine innings. His seven walks matched a season high, both of which have come since the beginning of June. The good news is that, despite his overall struggles, Stephenson has maintained a healthy strikeout rate (9.0 K/9) while holding opposing hitters to a paltry .213 batting average. He won’t reach the major leagues this season, but the right-hander should be ready to debut at some point in 2015.
Wed, Jul 30, 2014 01:39:00 PM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw 5 1/3 solid innings for Double-A Pensacola on Friday, scattering two hits and one walk, allowing one run and striking out one batter.

Stephenson needed just 57 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings, throwing 31 of his pitches for strikes (54.3 percent). Stephen has been solid but not spectacular this season, and will need to work on his command to get his walk rate below 4.5 BB/9 before he has a chance to be promoted to the major leagues. The 21-year old righty still profiles as a No. 2 pitcher.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw six shutout innings for Double-A Pensacola on Monday, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out six batters.

Three of the five hits were doubles, and Stephenson threw just 57 of his 95 pitches (60 percent) for strikes, so the outing was not as dominant as it appeared at first blush. The 21-year old fireballer has held opposing batters to a .216/.311/.377 line for the season, and holds a solid 9.0 K/9. He has a 4.6 BB/9 ratio, which has inflated his WHIP to 1.312. Like many young pitchers, Stephenson needs to work on his command. He could be pitching for the Reds as soon as mid-2015.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson turned in his best start of the month on Sunday, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings for Double-A Pensacola.

The right-hander gave up five hits (two home runs) and a walk in the outing. Stephenson had struggled over his previous three starts, posting a 7.50 ERA with more walks (11) than strikeouts (seven) while logging only 12 innings. Therefore, it was nice to see the highly touted 21-year-old get back on track with his weekend start. On the season, Stephenson has registered a 3.97 ERA, .210 opponents' batting average and 80-39 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 77 innings for Pensacola.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 01:41:00 PM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson was sharp once again on Sunday, scattering four hits over six shutout innings for Double-A Pensacola.

He struck out five batters and issued one walk. Stephenson has seemingly righted the ship after a rocky start to the season, as the 21-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 11 innings (two starts), with eight hits allowed and a 14/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Overall, the right-hander owns a 3.72 ERA, .218 BAA and 47/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38 2/3 innings (eight games/seven starts) this season.
Mon, May 12, 2014 11:19:00 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson allowed a season-high five earned runs Thursday in 5 1/3 innings for Double-A Pensacola.

The 21-year-old allowed four hits (one home run) and two walks in the outing while striking out four batters. In his defense, two of those runs crossed the plate after he'd left the game with one out in the sixth inning. Stephenson, who is widely considered the Reds' top prospect, opened the season with an 11-strikeout performance in five innings, but since then he's posted a 6.45 ERA and 22/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 2/3 frames spanning five starts.
Fri, May 2, 2014 03:46:00 PM

Reds prospect right-hander Robert Stephenson struck out seven batters on Monday night, allowing one run, four hits, and three walks.

This is a bounce back start for Stephenson, as opposing batters hit .308/.472/.423 off him with a 9.95 ERA in his previous two starts. Stephenson's struggles in Double-A have slowed his ascension, but he could still be in line for a September call-up if he can put it together and the Reds have a need. He has the potential to be a solid #2 pitcher who would slot in behind Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani.
Tue, Apr 22, 2014 09:53:00 AM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Devin Mesoraco
2Brayan Peña
3Tucker Barnhart
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
2Kristopher Negron
LF1Marlon Byrd
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Johnny Cueto
2Mike Leake
3Anthony DeSclafani
4Michael Lorenzen
5Raisel Iglesias
6Josh Smith
7Jon Moscot
8Homer Bailey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Tony Cingrani
3JJ Hoover
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Nate Adcock
8Sean Marshall
9Pedro Villarreal
10Carlos Contreras