Thursday, February 23, 2012

Robert Stephenson (RHP, Reds)

Robert Stephenson (RHP, Reds)

For only about 5 bucks, you can own a 2011 Bowman Chrome Draft Base Auto of a kid who threw 2 no-hitters in his first 2 starts last year as a senior in high school.  Oh, and he struck out 20 in the second of those starts.

Stephenson is currently a "raw" prospect (but name a high school draftee who scouts don't consider raw... you can't).  Despite reports claiming he needs "time to develop", Stephenson already throws in the low to mid nineties, and already has a feel for a change and a curve.

In my opinion, his ceiling is as high as any pitcher in the 2011 MLB draft (he went #27 overall), and this was a pitcher-heavy draft with guys like Hultzen, Bauer, Bradley, Bundy, and Cole.  That says a lot when you consider most of those guys have autos ranging from $30-50.

I expect Stephenson to dominate in rookie-level ball this year, and quickly rise up the ranks of top prospects.  Instead of spending $50 or so on a Bauer or Bundy auto, I'd much rather accumulate 10 Stephenson autos.  A strong outing early on (something like 6 IP, 1 Hit, 10 K), and possibly an appearance on the weekly Baseball America hot list could mean an easy double on your investment... almost overnight. 


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