For a while, it looked as if Reds pitcher Chris Stephenson would be ready for a full-time role in the major leagues by 2018, but the team decided to give him another year in AAA instead.
He ended up being one of the best pitchers in the International League and an organizational All-Star after going 11-6, 2.87, with 135 strikeouts in 113 innings in 20 starts for Louisville After pitching just four times for Cincinnati in the majors (going 0-2, 9.26) before being placed on the disabled list with shoulder tendonitis at the end of August, he did not return to the mound in 2018.
In 2019, he pitched 57 times for the Reds as a middle reliever, going 3-2 with a 3.76 ERA. With 43 hits allowed in 64 2/3 innings, he had 81 strikeouts.
In 2020, he appeared to have found his niche, but the Coronavirus pandemic shortened the season to 60 games, and a back ailment limited him to 10 appearances and 10 innings, during which he pitched without recording a decision but had a 9.90 ERA to show for his work.
Although the Reds made it to the postseason, the Wild Card Series was missing him.
With minor league outfielder Jameson Hannah and another previous first-round selection pick, Jeff Hoffman, the Colorado Rockies acquired him on November 25, 2020 for minor league prospect P Case Williams and outfielder Jameson Hannah.
The first major league transaction of the off-season took place one month following the conclusion of the 2020 World Series.
How Much Does Robert Stephenson Make?
Robert Stephenson receives a yearly salary of $1,280,000 on average. Stephenson’s base pay for 2022 will be $1,280,000.