RHP Robert Stephenson (6-2, 190) from Alhambra High School in Martinez, California was selected as the Reds first pick (27th overall) of the 2011 First-Year Player Draft…The Reds will select their second player with the draft’s 84th overall pick today when Round 2 begins at noon. The first 30 rounds will be completed tomorrow. Rounds 31-50 are scheduled for Wednesday…Stephenson, 18, in 13 regular season appearances for Alhambra went 7-2 with a 1.33 ERA, 132 strikeouts and just 23 walks and 29 hits allowed in 64.0 innings. He was named the San Jose Mercury News’ Gatorade California Baseball Player of the Year and was rated by Baseball America as the 25th-best prospect in the 2011 draft.


COLUMBUS 6, LOUISVILLE 2: Gm1: LHP Dontrelle Willis started for Louisville and fired 4.2 scoreless innings (3h, 3bb, 7k)…RHP Jerry Gil (2-3) picked up the win in relief (1.1ip, 1bb, 1k)…SS Zack Cozart went 3-for-4 with an RBI and 2 runs scored…DH Devin Mesoraco added a pair of hits and 2 RBI…Gm2: RHP David Johnson (3-1) started and was reached for 3 runs on 5 hits in 3.0 innings…After SS Zack Cozart (2-for-3) belted his 6th home run of the season, the announcer from NBA Jam could be heard over the PA system howling, “HE’S ON FIRE!”

CAROLINA 6, CHATTANOOGA (DODGERS) 5:Carolina plated the go-ahead run in the top of the 9th…RF Felix Perez paced the offense with 2 hits and 2 runs scored…SS Jake Kahaulelio hit a 3-run triple…3b Mike Costanzo blasted his 6th home run…RHP Kyle McCulloch started for Carolina and gave up 4 runs on 7 hits in 4.0 innings (2bb, 4k, 1hr)…RHP Justin Freeman (1-2) earned the win in relief (1ip, 2k)…LHP Tim Hamulack notched the save (1ip, 1bb, 2k).

RANCHO CUCAMONGA (DODGERS) 3, BAKERSFIELD 6: The Blaze plated all 6 of their runs in the bottom of the 8th…1b Chris Richburg went 2-for-3 with a walk…RF Stephen Hunt doubled, scored and drove in 2 runs…RHP J.C. Sulbaran started for Bakersfield and gave up 2 runs on 5 hits in 5.1 innings (3bb, 5k)…RHP Doug Salinas (2-1) earned the win in relief (2ip, 0h, 0r, 1bb, 3k).

DAYTON DRAGONS: The Dragons were off yesterday celebrating the 178th anniversary of Andrew Jackson becoming the first US President to ever ride on a train.


“He’s an outstanding high school projection pitcher with a very loose, live arm.  We saw him as high as 98 [mph] this year. He’s going to fill out, get stronger.” – Reds Senior Director of Amateur Scouting Chris Buckley on Reds first-round pick Robert Stephenson. (

“He might have an arm similar to Homer’s (Bailey), but not as polished.  Homer went way up at the top of the first round, and Robert is down towards the bottom.” -Buckley (

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