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Robert Stephenson | Relief 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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Reds optioned RHP Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.
Stephenson, a former top prospect, has posted a dreadful 8.03 ERA and 1.99 WHIP in 13 relief appearances this season at the major league level. Jackson Stephens is taking his spot in the Cincinnati bullpen Tuesday. May 30 - 5:00 PM

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Robert Stephenson gave up five runs -- four earned -- in two-thirds of an inning out of the pen Tuesday against the Brewers.

Stephenson has done very little to earn his opportunities with the Reds the last two years, but since he has very good stuff, the Reds keep handing him the ball. That needs to end now. He's allowed 10 earned runs and walked 10 in 10 1/3 innings out of the pen.
Apr 26 - 12:54 AM

Robert Stephenson surrendered four runs on six hits over four-plus innings in Saturday's split-squad Cactus League date with the Cubs.

Stephenson struck out three and walked two on the afternoon. The Cubs knocked him for two runs in the first inning, later coming back around to weigh down his pitching line with another two runs in the fifth inning. In six appearances covering 16 innings this spring, the 24-year-old Stephenson owns an uninspiring 5.63 ERA. Reds manager Bryan Price said earlier this spring that he could make the team as a member of the bullpen even if he is not able to secure a spot in the Opening Day rotation.
Mar 25 - 8:28 PM

Reds manager Bryan Price said Saturday that Robert Stephenson and/or Cody Reed could make the team as relievers if they don't win rotation spots.

Conventional wisdom says that both young hurlers would be better off going to Triple-A and continuing to start, but Price sees value in using either in a swingman or long relief role. The skipper did say that any potential move to the bullpen for Stephenson or Reed would be temporary. "I’ve always enjoyed that role when you can use it that way," Price said. "There’s a lot of good arms there, so there’s going to be some tough decisions here down the stretch."
Mar 12 - 10:35 AM

Robert Stephenson was lit up for four earned runs in his one-inning Cactus League debut Sunday versus the Giants.

It was a disastrous frame for Stephenson, who gave up two walks, two singles, and a Joe Panik two-run homer. He also threw two wild pitches, and one of them struck Nick Hundley. Stephenson is doubtful to have a 25-man roster spot out of camp this spring after posting a 6.08 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over his first 37 major league innings last season. He also had a rough 4.41 ERA in 136 2/3 innings last year at Triple-A.
Feb 26 - 8:36 PM

Robert Stephenson allowed two runs and walked five in four innings Sunday in a no-decision versus the Cubs.

Stephenson is still a talent, but he did nothing in Triple-A this year to deserve his callups to the majors and he ended up with a 6.08 in his eight starts for the Reds. Maybe the light will go on at some point, but he shouldn't have a roster spot at the beginning of next year.
Sun, Oct 2, 2016 06:38:00 PM

Robert Stephenson allowed five runs on five hits over four innings of work in a loss to the Cardinals on Tuesday.

Stephenson got through the first two innings without issue and allowed a solo homer in the third, but it was a four-run fourth inning that spelled his doom. All four runs came on one swing by Aledmys Diaz. The 23-year-old fell to 2-3 with a 6.27 ERA and 1.55 WHIP in seven starts, and he'll have one more start in 2016 when he squares off with the Cubs in Sunday's regular season finale.
Wed, Sep 28, 2016 12:49:00 AM

Robert Stephenson was charged with four runs in just 3 2/3 innings during a loss to the Cubs on Wednesday.

The Cubs got to him early with two runs in the first. He gave up eight hits but seven of them were singles. He served up a solo shot to Dexter Fowler in the fourth inning. Stephenson fanned two and walked two. Free passes have been a problem for Stephenson throughout his minor league career. Despite his huge potential he can't be recommended as a fantasy option until he develops the ability to throw strikes. The rookie is 2-2 with a 5.59 ERA in six starts.
Thu, Sep 22, 2016 12:49:00 AM

Robert Stephenson struggled in a no-decision against the Pirates on Friday, allowing four runs on four hits over five innings of work.

The rookie right-hander punched out six but also issued four free passes. Most of the trouble came in the first inning where the Bucs struck for three runs including a two-run bomb by Gregory Polanco. He then rebounded to throw three scoreless innings before plunking Jung Ho Kang with the bases loaded in the fifth. While he has shown flashes of his promise, he's too inconsistent to trust in most mixed leagues for Wednesday's start against the Cubs in Chicago.
Fri, Sep 16, 2016 11:54:00 PM

Robert Stephenson was hit hard in Saturday's no-decision against the Pirates, surrendering four runs on five hits in only three innings of work.

Stephenson walked two and struck out two on the night. Jung Ho Kang was single-handedly responsible for most of the damage against him, with an RBI single and two-run homer. The early results have been disappointing for the highly-touted hurler, registering a 4.43 ERA and 1.33 WHIP over 20 1/3 innings in his four starts.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 11:57:00 PM

Robert Stephenson struck out a career-high nine batters against the Mets on Monday, but took the loss after allowing two runs over 5 1/3 innings.

Both runs scored on a solo homers. Stephenson was impressive otherwise, allowing six hits and just one walk while throwing 64 out of 100 pitches for strikes. The 23-year-old has posted some mediocre numbers in Triple-A this season, but he’s expected to get more chances in the Reds’ rotation down the stretch. There’s clearly some potential here, but he’s too risky to trust in mixed fantasy leagues.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 04:53:00 PM

Robert Stephenson will start on Monday versus the Mets.

Stephenson posted a disappointing 4.41 ERA and 120/71 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings at Triple-A Louisville this season but has managed a 3.00 ERA in a couple spot starts for the Reds. Reds manager Bryan Price said the righty will likely get multiple starts this month, but the top prospect isn't ready to help out in mixed leagues.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 03:17:00 PM

Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

The top prospect held his own in a couple starts earlier this season for the Reds but had a disappointing season at Louisville with a 4.41 ERA and 120/71 K/BB ratio over 136 2/3 innings. It's unclear whether he'll be given any starts this month or work in a relief role.
Fri, Sep 2, 2016 12:51:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 10:41:00 PM

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.
Tue, Apr 19, 2016 10:17:00 PM

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