By The Baseball Beginnings Guy
November 18, 2010
Robert Stephenson is the kind of right-hander you look for when you’re digging through the 17-year old arms. He’s far from the finished product, both in terms of physical maturity and in stuff, which means you can take what he gives you and look into the future. I saw him playing catch at the Area Codes and then let it go during the Aflac game. You can’t take away the live arm action. Most guys who can snap a curveball at that young of an age usually can do it naturally. So it’s obviously a long way from here to where you want to go, but he’s got the components to make it there.
Robert Stephenson, RHP
Games Seen: 4, Innings: 6 (Area Codes & Aflac, 2010)
Alhambra HS, Calif.
Wind-up: No wind-up
Arm Action: Good
Arm Angle: 3/4
Arm/Delivery Mechanics: Stabber with coordinated balance and arm action through middle, good extension, usually online landings.
PHYSICAL DESCRIPTION: Tall, lean and loose body with projected physical development. High hips, long limbs.
STRENGTHS: FB 92-94, comfortable 93, with late run. CB 78 go-to weapon, 12/6 hard downer rotation & bite.
WEAKNESSES: Straight CHG 78-80, crude, didn’t throw very often.
SUMMATION: Physically projectable 17-year old right-hander with live, loose arm and put-away breaking ball has chance to become No. 1-3 ML starter.
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