Tyler Stephenson
23-Year-Old CatcherC
Cincinnati Reds AA
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Stephenson, the Reds' first-round pick in 2015, finally made it through a full minor-league season without suffering a major injury. In 2016, it was a wrist injury that limited him to just 39 games at Low-A Dayton. In 2017, while still at Dayton, his season ended in July due to a thumb injury, capping him at 80 games. He finally moved up to High-A Daytona last year and played 109 games, hitting .250/.338/.392 with 11 homers. That appears underwhelming, but keep in mind that he was in a tough park and in a tough league to hit, and his primary focus was trying to get up to speed defensively behind the plate. He doesn't have the profile of an elite prospect, but catchers often move up at a slower pace anyhow. He'll likely arrive with the big club in 2020 or 2021. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a contract with the Reds in June 2015 that includes a $3,141,600 signing bonus.
Assigned to Double-A
CCincinnati Reds  AA
April 4, 2019
Stephenson has been assigned to Double-A Pensacola to begin the 2019 season.
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Stephenson was the Reds' first-round pick in 2015 and has battled a slew of injuries in his professional career. He was able to make through most of 2018 unscathed, however, hitting .250/.338/.392 in 109 games at High-A Daytona.
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2016 Fantasy Outlook
The Reds drafted Stephenson with the 11th overall pick in 2015 as the first catcher taken in the draft. He's bigger than most catchers at 6-foot-4 and 210 pounds, but the Reds are confident that he can remain behind the plate nonetheless, as they like his defensive skills, particularly his strong throwing arm. His professional debut at rookie-level Billings netted just middling results (.268/.352/.361 with just one homer in 54 games), but that's not too worrisome yet. He'll be a slow-cook prospect - it may take him four-to-five years before we see him in Cincinnati.
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Homers twice for High-A club
CCincinnati Reds  AA
July 20, 2018
Stephenson went 4-for-5 with a pair of home runs and five RBI for High-A Daytona in its 9-6 win over Bradenton on Thursday.
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Opening at High-A Daytona
CCincinnati Reds  AA
February 8, 2018
Stephenson (thumb) successfully made it through instructional league games in Arizona without aggravating his thumb injury and will move up to High-A Daytona to start 2018, MLB.com's Mark Sheldon reports.
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Playing instructional-league ball
CCincinnati Reds  AA
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September 25, 2017
Stephenson (thumb) is playing for the Reds in the instructional league, Zach Buchanan of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Nursing thumb injury
CCincinnati Reds  AA
Thumb
July 20, 2017
Stephenson (thumb) is on the disabled list, J.J. Cooper of Baseball America reports.
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Thriving at Low-A Dayton
CCincinnati Reds  AA
May 14, 2017
Stephenson continues to hit well at Low-A Dayton, hitting .287/.400/.435 in 135 plate appearances. Despite his strong start, the Reds intend to keep Stephenson at Dayton for the bulk of the season, the Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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