Right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson has been promoted to Bakersfield (Class: Advanced-A, California League).
Stephenson made 14 starts for the Dragons this season, going 5-3 with a 2.57 earned run average. He was the Reds' first round draft pick in 2011 and was rated as the #1 pitching prospect in the Reds' organization prior to this season by Baseball America. Stephenson was selected to pitch in the Midwest League All-Star game in Dayton. He was scheduled to start the game for the Eastern Division before suffering a hamstring injury. He has made two starts since returning from the injury without allowing an earned run.
Since returning from the injury, Stephenson made two starts in which he pitched a total of 10-1/3 innings. The 20-year old from Martinez, California allowed four hits in those two starts and five unearned runs.
Stephenson's fastball has been clocked at over 100 mph.
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