Tyler Stephenson Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/16/1996 (27)
Tyler Stephenson Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Tyler Stephenson News
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson got in on the action in Friday's 19-2 demolition of the St. Louis Cardinals, going 1-for-5 with a home run, two RBI, two runs scored and a strikeout. The Reds hit three home runs in the fourth inning and six total on the night in an absolute beatdown in St. Louis. Stephenson does have a career-high 13 home runs on the year, but overall it's been a somewhat disappointing year for the Reds backstop. He's been splitting time of late behind the dish in Cincinnati with Luke Maile and is now hitting .245 on the year with a .701 OPS in a career-high 140 games played. The Reds remain alive for the final wild-card spot in the National League with two games left to play, but they are 1.5 games back of the Miami Marlins for the final spot.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is not in the starting lineup Tuesday versus the Seattle Mariners and right-hander Bryce Miller. Stephenson started behind the plate in Monday's series opener and went 2-for-4 with a pair of doubles, one of which was of the RBI variety. That's now five hits, including the pair of doubles and a home run, along with a walk over Stephenson's last two games and eight trips to the plate. Despite the mini hot stretch, the 26-year-old's season has been on the disappointing side as he is hitting .254 with 11 home runs and a .722 OPS on the season, production that grades out 8% below the league average, as per his 92 wRC+. However, he could be a nice later-round target in fantasy drafts in 2024 considering his .278 average, 29 homers, and healthy .779 OPS across the first 314 games of his MLB career.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson is not in the starting lineup for Game 1 of Wednesday's doubleheader versus the Los Angeles Angels and superstar Shohei Ohtani. The 27-year-old went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts on Tuesday night, adding to a tough season at the plate. Stephenson is hitting .242 with nine home runs and a .681 OPS across 112 games this season, numbers far inferior to his .319 average with six home runs and an .854 OPS across 50 games in 2022 before a season-ending clavicle injury suffered in June. Furthermore, he is hitting just .179 with a .606 OPS across 13 games in the month of August. Luke Maile is catching and hitting ninth Wednesday afternoon versus Ohtani.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson opened up some eyes in 402 plate appearances during his first full season in the majors, slashing .286/.366/.431 with 10 HRs, 45 RBI, 56 runs, and no stolen bases. He showed impressive discipline at the dish with a 10.2 BB% and 18.7 K%. And now, with Tucker Barnhart out of town, nothing's stopping Stephenson from starting 100 games if healthy. Despite this, there are some concerns. He hit the ball on the ground 50% of the time, and his batting average was inflated by a .333 BABIP. Stephenson hit .493 on fly balls and line drives, even though he was in the 34th percentile for HardHit%. He outperformed his actual batting average by 29 points, with Statcast giving him a .257 xBA. Playing at Great American Ball Park will continue to play up his power, but his 5.4% barrel rate put him in just the 24th percentile, and he slugged .390 during his minor league days, hinting at a home run ceiling of around 15. The Reds lineup still looks respectable, so Stephenson's on-base ability will prevent him from being a slouch in run-scoring, but the young backstop won't reach 70 RBI while hitting near the bottom of the order. He's being drafted at pick 156 and is the seventh catcher off the board. Fantasy managers should hold off on the 25-year-old and wait for another mid-tier catcher like Mitch Garver or Mike Zunino, who have ADPs of 212 and 249, respectively.