Robert Stephenson

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Robert William Stephenson

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Robert Stephenson was a first-round pick in the 2011 amateur draft and made his major league debut in 2016.

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 Didi Gregorius.

Stephenson made his pro debut with the 2012 Billings Mustangs on June 19th 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.

On May 29, 2017, he was brought in to replace Lisalverto Bonilla in the 3rd inning and face Troy Tulowitzki of the Toronto Blue Jays with the bases loaded. He promply gave up a grand slam, then gave up a total of 10 hits in only two innings of work. Jake Buchanan replaced him in the 5th, and he also gave up 10 hits in his 3 1/3 innings. It was the first time since July 6, 1929 that two relievers had each surrendered 10 or more hits in a game: Luther Roy and June Greene of the Philadelphia Phillies had been victimized by the St. Louis Cardinals that day.

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

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