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78 Robert Stephenson SP
Height/Weight: 6-2/200 | Birthdate: 2/24/1993 | Birthplace: Martinez, CA | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Cincinnati | College: None | MLB Experience: Rookie | Owned/Started%: 17/0 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Reds' Price: SP prospect Robert Stephenson could be Sept. callup


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2015) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson could be in the major leagues when rosters expand in September, manager Bryan Price said. 

"Those are conversations I'll have with (general manager) Walt (Jocketty) when we finalize the roster of guys that are coming up," Price said, per the Cincinnati Enquirer. "I just don't have the ability or the right to tell you guys who would be coming up because we haven't had that final conversation. There's a chance he could be a part of that September conversation."

The 22-year-old has thrown 120 1/3 innings between Double-A and Triple-A this season. He threw 136 1/3 innings last season, and Price said he would like to see that number increase in 2015. For that to happen, Stephenson would have to pitch for the Reds since Triple-A Louisville's season ends Sept. 7.

"The importance of this for these guys is that so next year we're not looking at guys and saying we can pitch them 150-165 innings because they're going to finish the year here or stay the whole year, it's a six-month season and you have to pitch in September," Price said. "You're seeing the issues we have here, guys run out of innings in September and then with the injuries we've had, in September you run out of guys that are options to start in the final month of the year. He needs to get those innings up to where we can say he can safely throw 185-190 innings next year and that should safely cover a six-month season."


Reds prospect Robert Stephenson wins first two Triple-A starts


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2015) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson has had a smooth transition following his promotion from Double-A Pensacola to Triple-A Louisville.

The top-100 prospect won both of his starts since joining the Louisville rotation. He allowed two runs in five innings in his Triple-A debut July 3 and tossed six scoreless innings in his second start July 8.

The right-hander has struck out 12 batters and issued four walks in 11 innings. He has allowed eight hits and thrown 195 pitches (119 strikes).

He went 4-7 with a 3.43 ERA in 16 starts for Pensacola. He has 101 strikeouts in 89 1/3 innings this season.


Reds prospect Robert Stephenson to make Triple-A debut Friday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson will make his debut for Triple-A Louisville on Friday.

The top-100 prospect is one step closer to the majors after going 4-7 with a 3.68 ERA in 14 starts for Double-A Pensacola. He struck out 89 batters and issued 43 walks in 78 1/3 innings.

"Organizationally, we feel Robert is ready for the next challenge," said Jeff Graupe, the Reds director of player development, per the Cincinnati Enquirer.


Reds option Juan Duran, Yorman Rodriguez


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/10/2015) The Reds made their first round of spring cuts Tuesday, optioning outfielder Juan Duran to Double-A Pensacola and outfielder Yorman Rodriguez to Triple-A Louisville.

The team also re-assigned eight players to minor league camp, including infielder Neftali Soto, outfielders Ryan LaMarre and Jesse Winker and pitchers Jonathon Crawford, Ismael Guillon, Nick Howard, Robert Stephenson and Nick Travieso.


Reds' Stephenson feels good after live batting practice Monday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/9/2015) Reds pitching prospect Robert Stephenson threw 30 pitches in live batting practice Monday and 25 more in the bullpen and reported no issues with his shoulder, MLB.com reports.

"It felt good," Stephenson said.

Stephenson was held back a few days at the start of camp to protect the shoulder, which has been sore at times throughout his minor-league career. He was named the No. 23 overall prospect by Baseball America this offseason a year after ranking 19th.

Stephenson went 7-10 with a 4.75 ERA and 140:74 K:BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings with Double-A Pensacola in 2014.


Reds' Stephenson hoping to make an impact this season


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/6/2015) Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson is hoping to make an impact in the majors this season, according to MLB.com.

Stephenson may not open the year in the majors, but is hoping he arrives sooner rather than later. "My goal by the end of the year is to be in Cincinnati," Stephenson said. "It's your dream growing up as a kid. It would be awesome to be there but at the same time, I want to get to a point where I deserve to be there and belong there."

Stephenson is considered the team's top prospect. He dealt with shoulder issues earlier in camp, but is cleared for action now. 

Manager Bryan Price said Stephenson has a few things to work on, but seemed optimistic about his long-term outlook. With Robert, it's command -- not necessarily throwing strikes, but the quality of the strikes," Price said.

The 22-year-old should start the year in the minors, but could earn a promotion based on how well he pitches.


Reds prospect Robert Stephenson cleared to throw off mound


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(2/22/2015) Reds prospect Robert Stephenson has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound, reports the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Stephenson had been held back as a precaution to protect his shoulder, but Stephenson said his shoulder is healthy.

"It feels really good," he said.


Reds' Robert Stephenson to be held back a few days


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(2/20/2015) Reds pitcher Robert Stephenson will be held back a few days, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer

The team is holding Stephenson back for precautionary reasons. Robertson has had bouts of shoulder soreness throughout his minor-league career, so the team wants to be sure his shoulder is strong before pushing him. Stephenson is considered the team's top prospect, and should break into the club's rotation at some point this season.


Reds re-assign six to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/11/2014) The Reds re-assigned top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson as well as infielder Reynaldo Navarro, catchers Max Ramirez and Rossmel Perez and pitchers Tim Crabbe and Michael Lorenzen to minor-league camp Tuesday.

Stephenson made three appearances with the Reds this spring, allowing four runs (three earned) on seven hits and one walk while striking out one in four innings.


Bryan Price impressed with two young pitchers


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(2/21/2014) Bryan Price has given glowing reports of the early spring training performances of Reds top pitching prospects Robert Stephenson and Michael Lorenzen.

"It was the first time in person (I saw Stephenson) since he first signed in 2011," Price told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "It was terrific. A lot of times with hard throwers, you expect a lot more physical effort in the delivery. ... Their deliveries are easy. It didn't look like they were putting a ton of effort into throwing the ball and it was jumping out of their hand, exploding at the plate. I was really excited about that."

Stephenson and Lorenzen are both non-roster invitees. Neither has pitched above the Double-A level.


Robert Stephenson among non-roster invitees in Reds' camp


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/15/2014) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson headlined a list of five players invited to spring training as non-roster invitees Wednesday. Stephenson is considered the Reds' top prospect by Baseball America.

The other four players receiving spring invites were Jeff Francis, Tim Crabbe, Drew Hayes and Michael Lorenzen.


Robert Stephenson promoted to high Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/16/2013) The Reds announced Tuesday starting pitcher Robert Stephenson was promoted from low Class A Dayton to high Class A Bakersfield. Stephenson, who is considered a top 100 prospect by MLB.com (No. 51) and Baseball America (No. 56), was 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA and 0.99 WHIP in 14 starts for Dayton.

Robert Stephenson back in action at Class A


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2013) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson returned to action Monday for Class A Dayton after missing one month with a hamstring injury. Stephenson allowed three unearned runs on two hits and two walks in 3 2/3 innings, while striking out three.

He is 5-3 with a 2.28 ERA and .210 opponents' batting average in 13 starts. He has struck out 88 batters and walked 19 in 70 1/3 innings.


Reds place top prospect Robert Stephenson on DL


by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com
(6/14/2013) The Reds have placed top prospect Robert Stephenson on the minor-league disabled list, MiLB.com reports.

Stephenson injured his hamstring while running between starts. His stock has only risen this season -- he owns a 2.97 ERA with a brilliant 85 strikeouts against 17 walks over 66 2/3 innings at Double-A Dayton. Baseball America ranked him behind just Billy Hamilton among Reds' prospects before the season, saying he "has all the ingredients to become a frontline starter."

It's unclear how long Stephenson will be out, but the injury was diagnosed as a "strain" and is not expected to be serious.


Stephenson undefeated as pro


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2012) Reds starting pitcher prospect Robert Stephenson has yet to taste defeat in his young pro career. The 2011 first-round pick (27th overall) is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA and 0.94 WHIP in four starts since his promotion to Class A Dayton. Stephenson was 1-0 with a 2.05 ERA and 0.98 WHIP in seven starts this season with Rookie League Billings. For the season, he is 3-0 with a 2.40 ERA and 0.97 WHIP in 11 starts. He also has 57 strikeouts to 15 walks in 48 2/3 innings.