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Robert Stephenson | Starting Pitcher

Team: Cincinnati Reds
Age / DOB:  (21) / 2/24/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 195
Bats / Throws: Right / Right

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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. Aug 10 - 10:23 AM

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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.
Jul 30 - 1:39 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.
Jul 19 - 11:14 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.
Jul 8 - 9:14 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.
Jun 23 - 1:41 PM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson was sharp once again on Sunday, scattering four hits over six shutout innings for Double-A Pensacola.

He struck out five batters and issued one walk. Stephenson has seemingly righted the ship after a rocky start to the season, as the 21-year-old hasn't allowed an earned run in his last 11 innings (two starts), with eight hits allowed and a 14/3 strikeout-to-walk ratio during that span. Overall, the right-hander owns a 3.72 ERA, .218 BAA and 47/20 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 38 2/3 innings (eight games/seven starts) this season.
May 12 - 11:19 AM

Reds prospect RHP Robert Stephenson allowed a season-high five earned runs Thursday in 5 1/3 innings for Double-A Pensacola.

The 21-year-old allowed four hits (one home run) and two walks in the outing while striking out four batters. In his defense, two of those runs crossed the plate after he'd left the game with one out in the sixth inning. Stephenson, who is widely considered the Reds' top prospect, opened the season with an 11-strikeout performance in five innings, but since then he's posted a 6.45 ERA and 22/16 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 22 2/3 frames spanning five starts.
May 2 - 3:46 PM

Reds prospect right-hander Robert Stephenson struck out seven batters on Monday night, allowing one run, four hits, and three walks.

This is a bounce back start for Stephenson, as opposing batters hit .308/.472/.423 off him with a 9.95 ERA in his previous two starts. Stephenson's struggles in Double-A have slowed his ascension, but he could still be in line for a September call-up if he can put it together and the Reds have a need. He has the potential to be a solid #2 pitcher who would slot in behind Johnny Cueto and Tony Cingrani.
Apr 22 - 9:53 AM

Reds right-handed pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw five shutout innings in his 2014 debut, allowing only one run and one hit while striking out 11.

Stephenson made four starts in Double-A in 2013, so he could be looking at a quick promotion to Triple-A if he does well. The former first round pick in 2011 has quickly ascended the minor leagues, and he could make an appearance in Cincinnati if he continues to pitch well. He has a career 10.7 K/9 ratio, so he could be a solid front of the rotation option.
Apr 8 - 9:43 AM

The Reds have promoted pitching prospect Robert Stephenson to Double-A Pensacola.

"We wanted to fast track him this year," general manager Walt Jocketty said. "We would have been there sooner if he hadn’t had a little setback." Jocketty is referring to a hamstring injury that sidelined the top prospect for most of June. Stephenson boasts a 2.67 ERA and 118/22 K/BB ratio over 97 2/3 frames between Low- and High-A this season.
Tue, Aug 13, 2013 07:17:00 PM

Reds promoted RHP Robert Stephenson to High-A Bakersfield.

Stephenson was sidelined by a hamstring injury for most of June, but was able to return from the DL earlier this month. He posted a 2.67 ERA, 0.99 WHIP, and 96/20 K/BB ratio over 77 innings at the Low-A level this season and is considered the Reds' top pitching prospect.
Tue, Jul 16, 2013 03:16:00 PM

Reds prospect right-hander Robert Stephenson returned from the disabled list (hamstring) and allowed three unearned runs on two hits over 3 2/3 innings for Low-A Dayton.

The 20-year-old was held to a 65-pitch limit in his first start in the last month after landing on the disabled list with a hamstring injury on June 10. The hard-throwing right-hander was prevented from working deep into the game due to poor defense, though he was understandably rusty after spending a month on the shelf. Still, Stephenson has been dominant over his last 10 outings with a 1.87 ERA, 35 hits allowed and 68/16 K/BB in 57 2/3 innings.
Tue, Jul 9, 2013 02:22:00 PM

Reds prospect right-hander Robert Stephenson was placed on the disabled list with Class-A Dayton on June 10 due to a hamstring strain.

Stephenson suffered the injury during his running program between starts. On the season, the 20-year-old is 5-3 with a 2.97 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 11.6 K/9 in 66.5 innings spanning 12 starts. Stephenson had been especially dominant prior to the injury, with a 4-0 record and 0.93 ERA over his last six starts.
Fri, Jun 14, 2013 04:27:00 PM

Reds agreed to terms with first-round pick RHP Robert Stephenson.

Stephenson, a high school right-hander with serious upside, was given a $2 million signing bonus. He threw back-to-back no-hitters during his senior season, relying on a mid-90s fastball and quality curve. The 18-year-old should make a smooth transition to the lower ranks of professional ball.
Tue, Aug 16, 2011 12:09:00 AM

Reds selected high school right-hander Robert Stephenson 27th overall.

With most of the high-profile college pitchers already selected, the Reds went with a young-right hander with some serious upside. Best known for throwing back-to-back no-hitters this season, Stephenson sits in the low-to-mid 90s with his heater and throws a promising curveball. Standing at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, there's still some projection left.
Mon, Jun 6, 2011 10:25:00 PM

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