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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (23) / 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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Reds optioned RHP Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.
Stephenson pitched well in a spot start Tuesday night against a dangerous Rockies offense, yielding just one run on three hits over seven innings. The young right-hander should get another shot soon and he'll carry some fantasy upside in deep leagues when he is able to lock down a major league rotation spot for good. Stephenson, 23, was a consensus top-25 prospect just over a year ago. Apr 19 - 10:41 PM

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Robert Stephenson limited the Rockies to one run over seven innings in a spot start victory on Tuesday.

Making the start in place of Alfredo Simon, Stephenson kept the Rockies off center all night. The right-hander allowed just three hits and two walks while striking out three in the outing. Stephenson now has a 3.00 ERA and 1.08 WHIP through two starts this year. Despite that, he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Louisville before Wednesday.
Apr 19 - 10:17 PM

Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

Alfredo Simon is dealing with right biceps tendinitis, so Stephenson will start in his place Tuesday against the Rockies. The Reds have high hopes for the 23-year-old in the long-term, but he'll likely just be up for one start, so fantasy owners have better options.
Apr 19 - 11:56 AM

Reds optioned RHP Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.

The Reds will wait until Friday to announce the corresponding roster move. With Anthony DeSclafani (oblique) slated to return Sunday, Cincinnati only needed Stephenson to make one turn in the starting rotation. Stephenson had more walks than strikeouts in his big league debut Thursday and could probably use more time in the minors.
Apr 7 - 5:09 PM

Robert Stephenson allowed four runs -- three earned -- in five innings to pick up a win over the Phillies in his major league debut.

Stephenson now has as many career wins while allowing four runs as Chris Sale and Jose Quintana. Stephenson gave up two homers and finished the outing with one strikeout and two walks allowed. He did what the Reds needed him to do today, but he's not ready for the majors and he might head back to Triple-A now.
Apr 7 - 4:05 PM

Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

Stephenson is lined up to start the Reds' third regular-season game Thursday against the Phillies. The young right-hander struggled mightily this spring in the Cactus League and should probably go ignored in mixed fantasy leagues, even against a punchless Philadelphia lineup. Stephenson, a first-round pick of the Reds in 2011, does carry some long-term upside.
Apr 4 - 11:01 AM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Monday that Robert Stephenson could start the third game of the regular season against the Phillies on April 7.

The Reds have had to shuffle things in their rotation due to an oblique injury to Anthony DeSclafani, so now Raisel Iglesias is set to start the season opener while Brandon Finnegan will start the second game. Alfredo Simon is lined up for Game 4 while Iglesias will go on regular rest for Game 5, but no decision has been made for the third game of the season. Stephenson was recently sent back over to the minor league side after posting an 8.59 ERA over three Cactus League starts. The Reds are hoping DeSclafani will be ready by the sixth game of the season, so it's unclear how long Stephenson would stick around.
Mar 28 - 6:01 PM

Reds optioned RHP Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.

The top prospect posted an 8.59 ERA across three Cactus League starts. Stephenson has loads of upside, but he still needs to work on his command in the minors.
Mar 18 - 12:30 PM

Robert Stephenson coughed up six runs (five earned) Thursday in 2 1/3 innings against the Indians.

He also surrendered six hits and one walk. Three of Cleveland’s runs came across on a three-run blast by Jason Kipnis in the second inning. Stephenson now owns a bloated 8.59 ERA over 7 1/3 innings this spring. He’s not ready for the big leagues yet.
Mar 17 - 7:38 PM

Reds prospect right-hander Robert Stephenson gave up two runs in three innings against the Cubs on Friday.

Stephenson allowed three hits (including a solo homer to Dan Vogelbach), but walked none and struck out three batters. The 23-year-old is in the mix for a rotation spot this spring after posting a 3.83 ERA with 9.4 K/9 over 25 starts between Double- and Triple-A last season, but odds are he gets some more time in the minors to begin the year.
Mar 11 - 6:24 PM

Robert Stephenson started Wednesday's Cactus League game against the Indians and threw two scoreless innings.

A nice debut for the 23-year-old former first-round pick, who is fighting for a spot in the Reds' rotation this spring. Stephenson gave up a hit and a walk, but he countered that with two strikeouts. He registered a 3.83 ERA, 1.299 WHIP, and 140/70 K/BB ratio in 134 innings last season between Double-A and Triple-A.
Mar 2 - 6:21 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said he will "look hard" at Robert Stephenson for an Opening Day rotation spot.

Cody Reed is also going to get a long look this spring. Stephenson, a first-round pick of the Reds in 2011, posted a 3.83 ERA, 1.299 WHIP, and 140/70 K/BB ratio in 134 innings last season between the Reds' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. That lack of control would likely spell doom at Great American Ball Park in 2016, but the 22-year-old right-hander is a very promising talent in the long term. Reed, a big pickup in last summer's Johnny Cueto trade, registered a 2.41 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 144 strikeouts over 145 2/3 innings in 2015 between High-A and Double-A.
Feb 18 - 12:14 PM

Reds purchased the contract of RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

No surprise here. Stephenson is the No. 2 prospect in the Reds system and by adding him to the 40-man roster, he'll be protected from the Rule 5 Draft. The 22-year-old right-hander split time between Double and Triple-A over the last year, pitching to a 3.83 ERA, 1.30 WHIP and 140/70 K/BB ratio across 134 innings.
Fri, Nov 20, 2015 09:17:00 AM

Reds prospect Robert Stephenson (forearm) is starting for Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

Stephenson got diagnosed nine days ago with a right forearm strain, but it was apparently a pretty mild one. Reds manager Bryan Price said Thursday morning that the 22-year-old right-hander could be called up in September. He has a decent 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio in 120 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A and Triple-A.
Thu, Aug 27, 2015 10:47:00 AM

Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson has been diagnosed with a right forearm strain.

Stephenson has been placed on the Triple-A disabled list and could be done for the rest of the 2015 season. The 22-year-old right-hander had registered a 3.59 ERA, 1.24 WHIP, and 131/64 K/BB ratio over 120 1/3 innings this summer between Double-A and Triple-A. He could be in the running for a major league rotation spot next spring if his health cooperates.
Tue, Aug 18, 2015 04:37:00 PM

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