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Robert Stephenson

Born: 02/24/1993 (Age: 23)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 2" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Arm Action: mild stab, some shortness to extension in arm circle, effort to whip through release, three-quarter slot, generally clean action, plus arm speed

Delivery: high leg kick, drop-and-drive with long stride, mild effort delivery

Body: athletic frame, sturdy lower half, long limbs, shorter torso, broad shoulders with slight slope
Evaluator Adam Hayes
Report Date 06/03/2016
Affiliate Louisville Bats (AAA, Reds)
Dates Seen 5/27
OFP 60
Realistic 55/Solid No. 3 starter
MLB ETA 2016
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
FB 65 65 93-95 96 Heavy usage up in zone, misses high to arm side; held velo into later innings, lost command in final inning; maintains velo from stretch, armside run, works to both sides of plate, tail can flash plus, generates some sink down in the zone
CB 55 60 80 83 Sharp, two-plane break with 11-5 shape; hard depth is consistent, late lateral bite, commands it low in the zone, swing-miss offering that can be buried effectively
CH 60 60 86 91 Hard with fade and tumble, works to LHH and RHH; will leave it elevated, effective swing-miss offering low in zone
CONTROL 40 45     Struggles to limit walks, FB wanders up in the zone; CH and CB can be thrown for strikes, but relies on generating chases

COMMAND: 45/50
Greater comfort to arm side with all offerings; FB misses are high to armside; buries CB and CH, tendency to leave both offerings elevated
Overall

Former first-round right-hander with impressive raw stuff that includes three plus pitches though below-average control. Fastball will flash plus-plus with run and sink, though he relies on working it high in zone, which leads to control issues. The curve flashes plus with hard depth and generates swings-and-misses low in zone, while the change fades with tumble and is another plus offering. He struggles to limit walks, with the fastball approach a primary reason, as inconsistency and misses up in zone drive the command struggles. Will pitch into trouble, but features pitch mix to keep hitters off-balance and work out of trouble. Solid No. 3 starter future.

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