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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher | #55

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/24/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2011 / Rd. 1 (27) / CIN

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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

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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

Reds RHP prospect Robert Stephenson fanned 10 hitters over eight shutout frames Tuesday in a win for Triple-A Louisville.

It was Stephenson's first double-digit strikeout game since getting promoted to Triple-A on July 3. The 105-pitch outing matched the longest of his minor league career. He's logged an outstanding 2.40 ERA during his five-game unbeaten steak. The 2011 first-round pick has struck out 9.97 hitters per nine innings this season. Stephenson was ranked 46th in's most recent prospect rankings.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson continued his run of dominance Wednesday with six shutout innings for Triple-A Louisville.

The right-hander allowed four hits and one walk while striking out six in the outing, throwing 60 of 102 pitches for strikes. Stephenson’s control was a mess at the beginning of the season, resulting in a 0-4 record, 6.85 ERA and 6.9 BB/9 through his first five starts. Things seemingly clicked for the 22-year-old flamethrower after that, however, as he’s pitched to a 2.19 ERA, .170 opponents’ batting average, 10.3 K/9 and 3.8 BB/9 in his last 65 2/3 innings spanning 11 starts. Stephenson has allowed just two earned runs on eight hits and sports a 12/4 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 11 innings since moving up to Triple-A earlier this month.
Thu, Jul 9, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Reds promoted top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson to Triple-A Louisville.

The 22-year-old right-hander compiled a 3.68 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 89/43 K/BB ratio over 78 1/3 innings at Double-A Pensacola, and has been especially strong over his last ten starts with a 2.36 ERA and .166 batting average against. It wouldn't be surprising to see him debut with the Reds later in the season.
Thu, Jul 2, 2015 08:30:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 14, 2015 01:15:00 PM

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.
Thu, May 7, 2015 03:43:00 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.
Mon, Mar 9, 2015 12:38:00 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.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015 11:01:00 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.
Fri, Feb 20, 2015 11:18:00 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

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