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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (24) / 2/24/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (27) / CIN
Contract: view contract details

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Robert Stephenson held the Cubs to two runs – one earned – over five innings in a no-decision Friday.
He was able to limit Chicago to four singles and two walks but didn’t record a single strikeout. Stephenson’s second go-round in the Reds’ rotation went about as well as could be expected with a 3.30 ERA and 59 strikeouts over 60 innings. He did walk 37 over that stretch, though, and while Stephenson should have a shot to open next year in the Reds’ rotation, it’s hard to trust him to throw enough strikes to take advantage of a good raw stuff. Fri, Sep 29, 2017 06:01:00 PM

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Robert Stephenson allowed four runs -- two earned -- in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Red Sox on Saturday.

He rolled through the first five innings before running into trouble in the sixth. The key blow was a three-run bomb by Mitch Moreland that followed a fielding error by Stephenson and a walk to Andrew Benintendi. Stephenson struck out four, walked two and surrendered five knocks in the loss. All things considered it was a nice showing for the highly inconsistent rookie. He falls to 5-6 with a 4.86 ERA. He has no problem getting strikeouts but walks have been a huge problem. He has 86 strikeouts and 51 walks in 79 2/3 innings.
Sat, Sep 23, 2017 07:20:00 PM

Robert Stephenson pitched six shutout innings and allowed just one hit in a 5-2 victory over the Pirates on Sunday.

Stephenson did walk three, but he worked out of those jams, in large part because he struck out eight. These type of efforts are possible with his stuff, but his command has been an issue, and that's probably an understatement. Still, he's just 24-years-old, so there's time for that to be refined. He'll look to build on this start when he faces Boston on Saturday.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017 05:24:00 PM

Robert Stephenson lasted only three innings in Tuesday’s loss to the Cardinals, yielding six runs – four earned – on five hits and three walks.

Stephenson wasn’t helped by a rare Zack Cozart error in the first inning, but he didn’t help himself, either, with his usual poor control. The young righty had posted four straight wins coming into this one, but obviously this was a step backwards. He’ll try to bounce back versus the Pirates on Sunday.
Tue, Sep 12, 2017 11:45:00 PM

Robert Stephenson picked up a victory after allowing one run in six innings Tuesday against the Brewers.

Stephenson walked five tonight, but the Brewers couldn't make him pay. He's now won four straight, allowing six earned runs in 22 2/3 innings during that span. He's struck out 28 and walked 15 in those 22 2/3 innings.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 11:03:00 PM

Robert Stephenson picked up a win over the Mets after allowing two runs in six innings Thursday.

Stephenson finally had some sort of breakthrough in his last Triple-A stint, and he's pitched well in four of his six starts since returning from the minors, including all three since a brief DL stint due to a shoulder bruise. We wouldn't trust him in mixed leagues just yet, but it's good to see he's finally making some real progress.
Thu, Aug 31, 2017 03:42:00 PM

Robert Stephenson struck out 11 batters while allowing two runs over 5 2/3 innings in Friday’s 9-5 win over the Pirates.

Stephenson actually had 24 swinging strikes in his 107 pitches. His line could have been worse, as he allowed seven hits and walked four batters. While Stephenson still holds a shaky 5.81 ERA on the year, he has allowed two earned runs or fewer in each of his last three starts. He’ll try to keep the good vibes going next week against the Mets.
Sat, Aug 26, 2017 12:49:00 AM

Robert Stephenson allowed two runs -- one earned -- over five innings in a win over the Braves on Saturday.

Stephenson gave up a solo homer in the third inning but not much else, giving up just three hits and walking three in his five innings of work. It was just the second win of his big league career and his first this year in 18 appearances. Just four of those have been starts, and the 24-year-old owns an ugly 6.13 ERA and 1.72 WHIP even after Saturday's outing. The big right-hander will have a shot at making it a winning streak Friday when he faces off against the Pirates.
Sun, Aug 20, 2017 12:13:00 AM

Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.

That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts.
Wed, Aug 16, 2017 06:11:00 PM

Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level.
Sun, Aug 13, 2017 10:46:00 AM

Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is expected to return to the Reds' rotation Sunday against the Brewers.

It's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. Stephenson suffered a bruised right shoulder while attempting a diving catch in his last start August 2 against the Pirates. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level.
Thu, Aug 10, 2017 10:34:00 AM

Reds placed RHP Robert Stephenson on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a bruised right shoulder.

Stephenson injured the shoulder on a diving catch attempt in his last start, and although he remained in the game, it's apparently still bothering him. He's only expected to miss one turn in the rotation.
Sun, Aug 6, 2017 10:43:00 AM

Robertson Stephenson allowed just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

Stephenson could not quite pitch deep enough to earn a quality start, but he pitched well nonetheless. The 24-year-old right-hander punched out four and walked two in the outing. Given the way that he has pitched to date on the whole (6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP in 40 innings) he is not guaranteed to see another start.
Wed, Aug 2, 2017 10:34:00 PM

Robert Stephenson walked seven while allowing three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

Stephenson didn't get punished for his mistakes, with the Marlins pushing across just three runs, but the wildness served to abbreviate the right-hander's night at the very least. He's now been relatively ineffective in both starts since being recalled earlier this month. Stephenson owns a 7.86 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this year heading into Wednesday's start against the Pirates.
Thu, Jul 27, 2017 10:40:00 PM

Robert Stephenson coughed up five runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins in his first start of the season on Saturday.

He might have been OK if he hadn't had to face J.T. Realmuto in the ballgame. The Marlins' backstop ripped Stephenson for a pair of two-run homers to single-handedly ruin his day. Stephenson allowed eight hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. He spent time in the Reds' bullpen early in the season, fared poorly and was sent back to Triple-A to pitch in the rotation. He turned in a 3.79 ERA in 40 1/3 innings on the farm and was rewarded with a call to the majors. The rebuilding Reds will probably give him some more chances but fantasy owners should look elsewhere. He has an 8.10 ERA and 1.97 ERA with 32 strikeouts and nine home runs in 30 major-league innings this year.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017 01:08:00 AM

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