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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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Robert Stephenson will start Saturday against the Braves.
That's unless Stephenson is needed out of the pen on Wednesday. Stephenson landed on the DL with a shoulder bruise earlier this month and logged two innings as a reliever when he returned Sunday against the Brewers. The 24-year-old has taken his lumps this year, going winless with a 6.64 ERA over 17 major league appearances including three starts. Aug 16 - 6:11 PM

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Reds activated RHP Robert Stephenson from the 10-day disabled list.

Stephenson will be available out of the Reds' bullpen on Sunday after missing exactly 10 days with a bruised right shoulder. He should return to the rotation sometime next week. The 24-year-old has an ugly 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 13 - 10:46 AM

Robert Stephenson (shoulder) is expected to return to the Reds' rotation Sunday against the Brewers.

It's the first day he's eligible for activation from the 10-day disabled list. Stephenson suffered a bruised right shoulder while attempting a diving catch in his last start August 2 against the Pirates. The 24-year-old right-hander is 0-4 with a 6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP, and 38/27 K/BB ratio in 40 innings this season at the major league level.
Aug 10 - 10:34 AM

Reds placed RHP Robert Stephenson on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to August 3, with a bruised right shoulder.

Stephenson injured the shoulder on a diving catch attempt in his last start, and although he remained in the game, it's apparently still bothering him. He's only expected to miss one turn in the rotation.
Aug 6 - 10:43 AM

Robertson Stephenson allowed just one run on two hits over 5 2/3 innings in Wednesday's win over the Pirates.

Stephenson could not quite pitch deep enough to earn a quality start, but he pitched well nonetheless. The 24-year-old right-hander punched out four and walked two in the outing. Given the way that he has pitched to date on the whole (6.98 ERA, 1.85 WHIP in 40 innings) he is not guaranteed to see another start.
Aug 2 - 10:34 PM

Robert Stephenson walked seven while allowing three runs over 4 1/3 innings in a loss to the Marlins on Thursday.

Stephenson didn't get punished for his mistakes, with the Marlins pushing across just three runs, but the wildness served to abbreviate the right-hander's night at the very least. He's now been relatively ineffective in both starts since being recalled earlier this month. Stephenson owns a 7.86 ERA in 34 1/3 innings this year heading into Wednesday's start against the Pirates.
Jul 27 - 10:40 PM

Robert Stephenson coughed up five runs in 5 1/3 innings and was charged with a loss to the Marlins in his first start of the season on Saturday.

He might have been OK if he hadn't had to face J.T. Realmuto in the ballgame. The Marlins' backstop ripped Stephenson for a pair of two-run homers to single-handedly ruin his day. Stephenson allowed eight hits and two walks while notching five strikeouts. He spent time in the Reds' bullpen early in the season, fared poorly and was sent back to Triple-A to pitch in the rotation. He turned in a 3.79 ERA in 40 1/3 innings on the farm and was rewarded with a call to the majors. The rebuilding Reds will probably give him some more chances but fantasy owners should look elsewhere. He has an 8.10 ERA and 1.97 ERA with 32 strikeouts and nine home runs in 30 major-league innings this year.
Jul 23 - 1:08 AM

Reds recalled RHP Robert Stephenson from Triple-A Louisville.

He'll get the start against the Marlins on Saturday night. The 24-year-old has been a disaster in 13 appearances out of the Reds' bullpen this season, posting an 8.03 ERA, 1.99 WHIP and 27/16 K/BB ratio, but looked much better in the rotation at Triple-A. Still, this is a situation where daily players would be wise to fire up a Marlins' stack or two on Saturday.
Jul 22 - 12:19 PM

Robert Stephenson will be recalled to start Saturday against the Marlins.

He's taking Scott Feldman's (knee) spot in the rotation. Stephenson really struggled earlier this season for the Reds, but he's pitched well at Triple-A Louisville with a 3.79 ERA and 45/13 K/BB ratio over 40 1/3 innings. The righty boasts a 34/3 K/BB ratio across 27 1/3 frames covering his last five starts.
Jul 21 - 1:13 PM

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

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

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