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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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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. Oct 2 - 6:38 PM

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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.
Sep 28 - 12:49 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.
Sep 22 - 12:49 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.
Sep 16 - 11:54 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.
Sep 10 - 11:57 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.
Sep 5 - 4:53 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.
Sep 2 - 3:17 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.
Sep 2 - 12:51 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.
Apr 19 - 10:41 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.
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

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