Monday, July 14, 2014

Pair of Reds prospects shine in Futures Game

A pair of Cincinnati Reds prospects played a hand in helping the United States edge out the World, 3-2, in the 2014 Futures Game on Sunday.

Top pitching prospect Robert Stephenson hurled a scoreless inning of relief in the eighth while top hitting prospect Jesse Winker added a double and scored a run.

Winker, 20, is batting .289/.399/.521 with 15 home runs, 20 doubles and 57 RBI in split time between Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola this year.

As for Stephenson, the 21-year-old is carrying a 4-6 record with a 3.97 ERA in 93 frames spanning 18 outings. To be honest, Stephenson's numbers aren't too impressive, but there is no denying his potential. The 2011 first round pick boasts a fastball in the mid-to-high 90s with a good curveball and an improving changeup. He will be relied upon to fill a spot in the starting rotation once the time comes for Cincinnati's current starters to leave.

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