Acquired: Drafted in the 18th round of the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft (CIN).
Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
|4-4 with a 4.97 ERA in 76 innings for Triple-A Louisville, striking out 60 batters and walked 33.|
Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Triple-A Louisville on July 1 when the Reds optioned RHP Ariel Hernandez to Triple-A.
MLB Debut Date: 07/01/17
|July 1, in a 5-3 Reds’ win over the Cubs. After spending five days with the Reds without making his debut in late May/early June, Stephens finally got his opportunity to appear in a big league game when he started against the Cubs. Stephens struck-out the first batter he faced, Jon Jay, and would go on to earn the win. He went five innings, allowing three runs (all in the third inning) on six hits and one walk. Stephens struck-out eight. He threw 91 pitches, 64 for strikes. All three runs against him came on third-inning homers. Jay got him for a solo blast with one out in the inning and Willson Contreras hit a two-run homer with two-outs in the third. Stephens would allow only one more hit – a single – the rest of his outing. Stephens helped his own cause at the plate, collecting his first major league hit in the fourth inning, a two-out, two-run single that put the Reds ahead for good.|
|Stephens joined the Reds’ organization out of Oxford H.S. (Oxford, AL) after the 2012 MLB Draft. The Alabama native spent the 2013 and 2014 seasons in the Midwest League before reaching High A in 2015. Stephens was a Florida State League post-season All-Star in 2015. He has risen steadily through the Cincinnati farm system ever since, pitching in Double-A in 2016 and starting the 2017 season in Triple-A.|