Tyler Stephenson Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 4" / 225 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 8/16/1996 (25)
Tyler Stephenson Season Stats
Last 10 Games
Tyler Stephenson News
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson had a big afternoon in a 9-2 win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday. Stephenson went 3-for-5 with a double, a homer, two runs, and three RBI in the win. The rookie catcher hit a two-run homer in the fifth inning and added a sacrifice fly in the eighth. Stephenson is batting .283 with 19 doubles, 10 homers, 55 runs, and 44 RBI over 332 at-bats this season. He's been hot at the plate lately, hitting .350 with a homer and four RBI in his last seven games.
Cincinnati Reds catcher Tyler Stephenson isn't in the lineup on Friday for a matchup with the Washington Nationals and right-hander Paolo Espino. The 24-year-old is hitting .278 with a .365 on-base percentage and nine home runs in 373 plate appearances so far this season. Instead, it'll be Tucker Barnhart starting behind the plate and batting seventh. If you're looking for streaming help on Friday, Barnhart could be worth a look. The veteran is hitting .258 with a .330 on-base percentage and seven home runs in 367 plate appearances this season.
The Cincinnati Reds activated catcher Tyler Stephenson from the injured list on Wednesday. He was slated to start Wednesday's game against the Pittsburgh Pirates, but the game was postponed due to rain. Fellow catcher Mark Kolozsvary was optioned to Triple-A in a corresponding move. Stephenson spent just two days on the injured list. While the reasoning for his move to the injured list hasn't been made public, it's likely that he was a close contact to someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Stephenson and Tucker Barnhart will continue to platoon at catcher for the Reds going forward.
Catchers don't tend to provide a ton of value in fantasy baseball with the exception of a selection few that get overpriced quickly so it's always nice to find surprising offensive contributions from cheap sources. Stephenson has a chance to be one of those players in 2021. The lost year in 2020 was a huge blow for this young catcher because of the huge strides he made on the offensive side of his game in 2019. He was able to maintain a strong walk rate above 10% while reducing his strikeout rate by more than 5%, down to a respectable 16.5%. The powerful backstop has yet to fully tap into his raw power but he made some adjustments at the alternate training site and looked good in a very small sample at the MLB level. In eight games, he went deep twice and showed a well-above-average launch angle while consistently hitting the ball hard (but also striking out at a 45% clip). The Reds would no doubt take some increased swing-and-miss if it meant continuing to see the powerful results. Stephenson is poised to earn an opening day role with the Reds and has the skills to easily chip away at incumbent Tucker Barnhart's playing time. With an ADP of 336, he's poised to be a steal in that range and could produce more in line with catchers going more in the 200 range if he earns enough playing time.