Tyler Stephenson

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Tyler Stephenson
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Stephenson with the Dayton Dragons in 2017
Cincinnati Reds – No. 37
Born: (1996-08-16) August 16, 1996 (age 24)
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
July 27, 2020, for the Cincinnati Reds
MLB statistics
(through September 19, 2020)
Batting average.357
Home runs2
Runs batted in6

Tyler Robert Stephenson (born August 16, 1996) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball (MLB).


Stephenson attended Kennesaw Mountain High School in Kennesaw, Georgia. He was committed to Georgia Tech to play college baseball.[1]

Stephenson was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds as the 11th pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft.[2][3] He has been compared to Matt Wieters.[4] The Reds signed Stephenson and assigned him to the Billings Mustangs, where he spent the whole season, batting .268 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 54 games[5]

In 2016, Stephenson spent the season with both the Arizona League Reds and the Dayton Dragons, posting a combined .220 batting average with four home runs and 18 RBIs in 44 games.

In 2017, Stephenson returned to Dayton where he batted .278 with six home runs, fifty RBIs, and a .787 OPS in eighty games[6] before suffering a torn ligament in his right thumb in late July that ended his season.[7]

In 2018, Stephenson returned with the Daytona Tortugas, batting .250 with 11 home runs and 59 RBIs in 109 games.[8]

In 2019, Stephenson spent the season with the Chattanooga Lookouts,[9] slashing .285/.372/.410 with six home runs and 44 RBIs over 89 games. Stephenson played for the Glendale Desert Dogs of the Arizona Fall League following the 2019 season, and was awarded the AFL's Dernell Stenson Sportsmanship Award.[10] After the 2019 season, he was added to the Reds 40–man roster.[11]

On July 27, 2020, Stephenson made his MLB debut and he hit his first MLB homer on his first at bat, off of Chicago Cubs pitcher Duane Underwood Jr..[12]

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  1. ^ "Phillies looking to add another piece to their rebuilding core in draft". Philly.com. May 31, 2015. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  2. ^ "Jim Callis: With thin crop of catchers in 2015 MLB Draft, Tyler Stephenson on rise". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  3. ^ "D-backs expressing interest in HS catcher Tyler Stephenson - MLB draft - Keith Law Blog - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  4. ^ "Draft Profile: Tyler Stephenson". Major League Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  5. ^ "Cincinnati Reds on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved November 20, 2015.
  6. ^ "Tyler Stephenson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  7. ^ "Reds' Stephenson out for season with injury". MiLB.com. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
  8. ^ "Tyler Stephenson Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". MiLB.com. Retrieved October 18, 2018.
  9. ^ https://www.cbssports.com/fantasy/baseball/news/reds-tyler-stephenson-assigned-to-double-a/
  10. ^ Jesse Sanchez (October 26, 2019). "Reds' Stephenson earns AFL's Stenson Award". MLB.com. Retrieved October 27, 2019.
  11. ^ Bobby Nightengale (November 20, 2019). "Cincinnati Reds add pitcher José De León in trade with Tampa Bay Rays". The Cincinnati Enquirer. Retrieved November 20, 2019.
  12. ^ Mark Sheldon (July 28, 2020). "1 at-bat, 1 HR: Reds prospect off to fast start". MLB.com. Retrieved August 17, 2020.

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