|Stephenson's fastball has been clocked as|
high as 98 MPH on the gun.
It may have gone down to the wire, but the Reds finally struck a deal with top pick RHP Robert Stephenson before the midnight deadline on Tuesday.
Baseball America is reporting the deal to be worth around $2 million.
Here is an excerpt from the Reds' official release:
"Stephenson, 18, in 13 regular season appearances for Alhambra [High School] went 7-2 with a 1.33 ERA, 132 strikeouts and just 23 walks and 29 hits allowed in 64.0 innings. He was named the San Jose Mercury News’ Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year and was rated by Baseball America as the 25th-best prospect in the 2011 first-year player draft."
The 6'2, 190-pounder also tossed two, back-to-back no-hitters during his senior season.
Stephenson - who was selected 27th overall in this year's MLB June Amateur Draft - is the first high school pitcher taken by Cincinnati in the first round since Homer Bailey in 2004 (7th overall).