Robert Stephenson was dominant on Friday night for the Louisville Bats. The Cincinnati Reds Triple-A affiliate was on the road and taking on the Columbus Clippers and it wouldn’t be a good night for the Indians affiliate. Stephenson allowed just one hit, a single to Yandy Diaz, in 6.0 innings. He would walk three batters and he had a career best 13 strikeouts on the night. In total the righty threw 88 pitches with 57 strikes on the night.
It was just another step forward for Robert Stephenson, who lowered his ERA to 2.87 on the season with the Bats. In 113.0 innings this year he’s allowed just 74 hits, walked 57, and he’s now struck out 135 batters. Opponents are hitting just .184 against him this season through 20 starts.
Inconsistency with control is still something that pops up every so often, but Robert Stephenson is putting together an outstanding year for the Bats. At this point it’s tough to figure out what is left for him to do in Triple-A. The 25-year-old will be out of options following this season, and in a season at the big league level that means nothing other than some good feelings, it would make a lot of sense to get him into the big league rotation and see what happens for the remaining eight weeks of the year.
Rylan Thomas keeps on keepin’ on
Friday night was more of the same for Rylan Thomas in Greeneville. The Reds first baseman went 2-4 with a walk, two doubles, a run scored, and he had three RBI. That gives him nine doubles and nine home runs on the season in 32 games played. The power has been incredible since the Greeneville Reds season began. He’s slugging .667 on the year. But he’s not just hitting for power. He’s also hitting .303 with more walks, 30, than strikeouts, 24. His on-base percentage is .466. That gives him an OPS of 1.132 on the year.