Tyler Stephenson

25-Year-Old CatcherC
60-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2022 Fantasy Outlook
Stephenson finally gained a foothold in the majors in 2021, hitting .286/.366/.431 with 10 homers, 45 RBI and 56 runs in 402 plate appearances. Now with Tucker Barnhart on the Tigers, the path is clear for him to be the full-time starter with the Reds. Stephenson was originally slated for platoon duty against left-handed starters, but that role grew over the season where he was essentially splitting time with Barnhart. He didn't have a big lefty-right split, trading some power for better on-base results against righties. Stephenson also hit fifth or higher in the order in all but 16 of his games, which bodes well for his spot in 2022. The Reds signed Aramis Garcia to be his backup, so this should be a traditional starter/backup set up in his favor in 2022, rather than a platoon. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#135
ADP
$Signed a $3.14 million contract with the Reds in June of 2015.
Likely done for season
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
August 6, 2022
Stephenson isn't expected to return this season after undergoing surgery to stabilize his fractured right collarbone Thursday, Bobby Nightengale of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.
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Stephenson will be eligible to return from the 60-day injured list for the final two weeks of the season, but that was reportedly a long shot even before his surgery. The Reds haven't officially ruled him out for the remainder of the year, but the team has little incentive to rush him in a lost season and seems content to let him rest and heal. With Aramis Garcia (finger) also out, the Reds are going with Michael Papierski and Austin Romine behind the plate.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
1
28
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
2
1
1
10
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2022
Even Split
2021
 
 
+3%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+129%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .817 214 29 6 31 0 .298 .364 .452
Since 2020vs Right .826 391 55 12 55 1 .296 .371 .455
2022vs Left .852 61 8 1 11 0 .346 .410 .442
2022vs Right .852 122 16 5 24 1 .307 .352 .500
2021vs Left .813 143 19 4 18 0 .291 .357 .457
2021vs Right .788 259 37 6 27 0 .283 .371 .417
2020vs Left .644 10 2 1 2 0 .111 .200 .444
2020vs Right 1.475 10 2 1 4 0 .500 .600 .875
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+55%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+13%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+150%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .930 294 49 10 56 0 .340 .405 .525
Since 2020Away .721 311 35 8 30 1 .255 .334 .387
2022Home 1.042 89 16 3 24 0 .395 .449 .593
2022Away .674 94 8 3 11 1 .247 .298 .376
2021Home .849 194 30 5 28 0 .314 .381 .467
2021Away .749 208 26 5 17 0 .260 .351 .398
2020Home 1.455 11 3 2 4 0 .333 .455 1.000
2020Away .583 9 1 0 2 0 .250 .333 .250
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Stat Review
How does Tyler Stephenson compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.26
 
BB Rate
6.6%
 
K Rate
25.7%
 
BABIP
.409
 
ISO
.163
 
AVG
.319
 
OBP
.372
 
SLG
.482
 
OPS
.854
 
wOBA
.373
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
32.2%
 
Barrels/PA
4.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In his first major-league game July 27 against the Cubs, Stephenson homered in his first at-bat, singled in his next at-bat and then drew a walk in his final plate appearance of the night. He then got his next chance to hit on -- wait for it -- Sept. 10. That's right, a team that was desperate for offense and getting below-average offensive production from the catcher position couldn't see fit to give one of its better hitting prospects an at-bat in over a month, and gave him only 20 PA all season. This coming season promises to provide more opportunities for Stephenson after the Reds designated Curt Casali for assignment. Keep in mind, however, that Stephenson is a right-handed hitter and thus could be stuck on the lesser side of a platoon with Tucker Barnhart, should the Reds decide to platoon the two catchers.
Stephenson's career has been stalled by injuries since he was taken in the first round of the 2015 draft, but he's made it through the last two years relatively healthy, and has been adding skills along the way. He maintained excellent plate discipline despite hitting the Double-A wall (metaphorically, not literally) at Chattanooga, walking over 10% of the time for the third season in a row while striking out 60 times. He hasn't hit for much power yet, but he's adding weight to his 6-foot-4 frame, and at times has demonstrated that he's capable of hitting for power, including at the Arizona Fall League Fall Stars Game, where he hit a massive shot to center. His framing gets panned by scouts, but he has a big arm and good makeup. The Reds will probably give him most of the 2020 season at Triple-A Louisville, but an early callup is possible if Tucker Barnhart starts slowly at the plate.
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.
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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Surgery completed
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
August 5, 2022
Stephenson underwent surgery Thursday to stabilize a fracture in his right clavicle, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Will undergo surgery
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
August 1, 2022
Stephenson will undergo surgery on his broken collarbone, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
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Transferred to 60-day IL
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
August 1, 2022
Stephenson (shoulder) was transferred to the 60-day injured list Monday.
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Officially placed on injured list
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 23, 2022
Stephenson (shoulder) was placed on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
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Suffers broken right clavicle
CCincinnati Reds
Shoulder
July 22, 2022
Stephenson suffered a broken right clavicle Friday against St. Louis.
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