Jackson Stephens all of 23-years old, having turned that ripe old age on May 11 while in Louisville.
Less than two months later he is making his debut against the World Champion Chicago Cubs.
He was drafted out of high school with the Reds’ 18th pick in the 2012 draft. Stephens was among several young arms in Goodyear, Arizona this spring.
Stephens pitched two seasons at Dayton in 2013 and 2014. He went to Daytona for a season, then pitched on a very good staff at Pensacola last year. This year at Louisville, Stephens was 4-4 in 14 starts.with a 4.97 ERA, getting off to a slow start but he continued to improve. The righthander made six quality starts, dropping his ERA a run per game in June.
RHP Ariel Hernandez was optioned to Louisville.
Hernandez is returning to a higher level than his origin this season.
“He's made the most of his opportunities,” Bryan Price said. “None of us were happy to have to option him. However, now that we're back to a full complement of starters, that takes us to seven. We felt Brice is more of a true length guy. He's got a starter's history. I don't think there's any question Ariel will be back here, and my guess would be before September. He's a big leaguer with big days ahead.”
Stephens will be the seventh pitcher and 11th player to make his Major League debut for the Reds this season.