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Tyler Stephenson

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Tyler Stephenson
Name: Tyler Robert Stephenson
Born: Aug 16, 1996 in Kennesaw, GA
High School: Kennesaw (Ga.) Mountain HS
Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: R / Throws: R
Drafted in the 1st round (11th overall) by the Cincinnati Reds in 2015 (signed for $3,141,600)
Stephenson didn't attend many of the big summer showcases last year, instead focusing on playing summer ball in the competitive East Cobb program. That kept him out of the spotlight, but not off of scouts' radars, and he also was one of the stars of the WWBA World Championships last fall. He missed a few weeks this spring due to an oblique injury, but played well in his return and subsequently shot up draft boards, even generating some buzz as a potential first overall pick. In a class that is light on catching, the Georgia Tech commit stands out. Stephenson is big for a catcher (listed at 6-foot-4, 210 pounds), but he is an excellent defender. He is very quiet behind the plate and frames pitches well thanks to his strong, soft hands. He has plus arm strength and once he gets his footwork down has the potential to be an above-average defender. Offensively, he creates raw power thanks to his strength. There is some length to his swing and he didn't hit all that well with a wood bat last summer. But his advanced skills behind the plate will allow a team to be patient has he figures things out offensively.
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