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Legends On Deck’s Top 25 Prospects: No.’s 19-14

On Monday we unveiled Numbers 25-20 and today we continue with 19-14. Follow each day this week, as we work our way down to number one.

19. Robert Stephenson, RHP

 

Team: Reds

Age: 21

Height: 6’3

Weight: 195

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Stephenson’s 2014 season numbers weren’t very impressive, but when you consider that he was just 21 and pitching in Double-A it puts things into perspective. At over three years younger than league average Stephenson held his own, posting a 4.75 ERA in 136.2 innings. He struck out 140 batters and allowed 114 hits, but walked 74.

The right-hander has a good frame, using it to generate mid-to-upper 90’s heat with his plus-plus fastball. His second pitch is equally as devastating– a low-80’s curveball with sharp break that already registers plus with potential for more. His third pitch, a changeup, lags behind the other offerings and is currently below average but flashes potential to be usable. The former 27th overall pick has struggled with control, and needs to mature into more of a pitcher than a thrower, but shows poise and aggressiveness on the mound.

Outlook: There’s no doubting the stuff, it’s top of the rotation grade. The key to his future will be the development of both the changeup and his control/command.

Risk: Medium. Elite stuff raises his floor, but needs to harness it to reach ceiling.

ETA: 2016

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Kirk Cahill

Contributing Writer at Legends On Deck®
Kirk is very knowledgeable of MLB's minor league system and brings a passion for writing about the stars of tomorrow. Kirk is also a contributing writer for MetsMerizedOnline and MetsMinors.net. He is a native New Yorker and lifelong Mets fan. Follow him on Twitter @KirkC_.