News: 4 days agoStephenson returned to Cincinnati's summer camp Thursday after missing time with a sore wrist, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic reports.
Spin: It doesn't sound like the issue was anything overly serious, as Stephenson missed just a couple of days as a result. The right-hander established himself in Cincinnati's bullpen in 2019, posting a 3.76 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 81:24 K:BB across 64.2 innings of relief.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: A move to the bullpen last season unlocked Stephenson's full potential, as he went nearly 60% reliant upon his dominant slider while adding nearly 2 full mph to his fastball, pushing his strikeout rate to a professional-best 30.9%. In the process, he completed the year with nine holds, a 1.38 ERA and 0.73 WHIP in his final 24 appearances, giving himself a legitimate chance at entering 2020 as Raisel Iglesias' primary setup man. Stephenson's skill set is now on par with that of the game's better closers, making him one of the more intriguing speculative saves picks come draft day, but he's plenty capable of helping you in holds, ERA, WHIP and K's even if he remains in setup relief.