Level: Double-A (Pensacola)
Last 10 days stats: 1 GS, 6 IP, 0-1, 2 H, 2 R, 5 K/3 BB
2013 season stats:
Single-A (Dayton): 14 GS, 77 IP, 5-3, 2.57 ERA, 56 H, 96 K/20 BB
Single-A (Bakersfield): 4 GS, 20.2 IP, 2-2, 3.05 ERA, 19 H, 22 K/2 BB
Double-A (Pensacola): 1 GS, 6 IP, 0-1, 2 H, 2 R, 5 K/3 BB
Now that Cingrani is establishing himself as a major league pitcher, Robert Stephenson is the pitcher to watch in the minors.
Stephenson has zoomed through the system to get to Pensacola this year.
The right-hander has a great fastball and can put it anywhere he wants. His biggest issue, like most young pitchers, will be learning to locate his off-speed pitches. If he can control all of his pitches and have the confidence to throw them in any count, he will be tough to hit.
Stephenson has the talent to be an elite pitcher. He will still have to develop the rest of his pitches and will get time to do that in the minor leagues the next season or two. If he continues to put up great numbers, he could be a September call-up next season.
In his first start in Pensacola, he allowed only two runs on two hits in six innings. It wasn't a bad outing, but he was charged with the loss. Pitching at Double-A for the first time is a tough task, but he was able to pitch well in his debut.
He will again start next season as the team's top pitching prospect.