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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (22) / 2/24/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2' / 200
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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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 MLB.com's most recent prospect rankings. Jul 29 - 4:03 PM
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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.
Jul 9 - 2:35 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.
Jul 2 - 8:30 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.
May 14 - 1:15 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.
May 7 - 3:43 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.
Mar 9 - 12:38 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.
Feb 22 - 11:01 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.
Feb 20 - 11:18 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

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw 5 1/3 solid innings for Double-A Pensacola on Friday, scattering two hits and one walk, allowing one run and striking out one batter.

Stephenson needed just 57 pitches to get through 5 1/3 innings, throwing 31 of his pitches for strikes (54.3 percent). Stephen has been solid but not spectacular this season, and will need to work on his command to get his walk rate below 4.5 BB/9 before he has a chance to be promoted to the major leagues. The 21-year old righty still profiles as a No. 2 pitcher.
Sat, Jul 19, 2014 11:14:00 AM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw six shutout innings for Double-A Pensacola on Monday, scattering five hits and three walks while striking out six batters.

Three of the five hits were doubles, and Stephenson threw just 57 of his 95 pitches (60 percent) for strikes, so the outing was not as dominant as it appeared at first blush. The 21-year old fireballer has held opposing batters to a .216/.311/.377 line for the season, and holds a solid 9.0 K/9. He has a 4.6 BB/9 ratio, which has inflated his WHIP to 1.312. Like many young pitchers, Stephenson needs to work on his command. He could be pitching for the Reds as soon as mid-2015.
Tue, Jul 8, 2014 09:14:00 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson turned in his best start of the month on Sunday, allowing three runs with seven strikeouts in seven innings for Double-A Pensacola.

The right-hander gave up five hits (two home runs) and a walk in the outing. Stephenson had struggled over his previous three starts, posting a 7.50 ERA with more walks (11) than strikeouts (seven) while logging only 12 innings. Therefore, it was nice to see the highly touted 21-year-old get back on track with his weekend start. On the season, Stephenson has registered a 3.97 ERA, .210 opponents' batting average and 80-39 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 77 innings for Pensacola.
Mon, Jun 23, 2014 01:41:00 PM

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PosRoleName
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2Tucker Barnhart
3Devin Mesoraco
1B1Joey Votto
2B1Brandon Phillips
2Ivan DeJesus Jr.
SS1Eugenio Suarez
2Zack Cozart
3B1Todd Frazier
LF1Marlon Byrd
CF1Billy Hamilton
2Skip Schumaker
3Jason Bourgeois
RF1Jay Bruce
2Kyle Waldrop
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PosRoleName
S1Anthony DeSclafani
2Michael Lorenzen
3Raisel Iglesias
4David Holmberg
5Keyvius Sampson
6Jon Moscot
7Homer Bailey
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PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2JJ Hoover
3Jumbo Diaz
4Burke Badenhop
5Manny Parra
6Ryan Mattheus
7Dylan Axelrod
8Pedro Villarreal
9Nate Adcock
10Sean Marshall