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Robert William Stephenson

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Robert Stephenson was a first-round pick in 2011.

Stephenson was timed at 98 mph as a high school senior and threw back-to-back no-hitters. He had a 7-2, 1.33 record that year with 132 K to 29 hits in 64 innings. Gatorade named him the California high school player of the year. Baseball America rated him as the #25 prospect entering the 2011 amateur draft. They also named him a second-team high school All-American hurler along with Tyler Beede, Michael Fulmer, Henry Owens and Jose Fernandez and behind Dylan Bundy, Hudson Boyd, Archie Bradley, Dillon Maples and Kyle Smith. He had a letter of intent to the University of Washington when the Cincinnati Reds took him with the 27th pick of the draft. He was the fourth straight high schooler taken in the draft, following Taylor Guerrieri, Joe Ross and Blake Swihart. The scout was Rich Bordi. Stephenson signed for a $2 million bonus. Baseball America named him Cincinnati's #5 prospect entering 2012, between Daniel Corcino and Mariekson Gregorius.

Stephenson made his pro debut with the 2012 Billings Mustangs on June 19 against the Missoula Osprey. He went 5 innings, striking out 8 with 3 hits, a walk and an unearned run while picking up a no-decision.

Sources: MLB.com, 2012 Reds Media Guide, 2012 Baseball Almanac

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