Future Watch: Tyler Stephenson Baseball Rookie Cards, Reds – Tyler Stephenson was a first round selection in the 2015 MLB Draft as the 11th overall pick by the Cincinnati Reds. Born in Atlanta, Georgia this 6-4, 225 pound catcher could be a big cog in the Reds offense for the foreseeable future. Once he makes the big club that is.
This past season in rookie ball he had a homer, 15 doubles, 16 RBI and a .268 batting average. He got his feet wet. At Kennesaw Mountain High School in Georgia he hit .415 with 8 homers and 25 RBI and a ton of promise to go along with a signing bonus of over $3 million dollars.
Used to being intentionally walked in high school this right-handed power hitter also has good hands behind the plate with a strong throwing arm. With very few, good all-around catchers in the game today it seems like Cincinnati may have hit a home run. The Reds had selected two other catchers in the first round this past decade so they hope he’s the one.
Tyler Stephenson’s first MLB licensed autographed baseball card debuted with the release of 2015 Bowman Draft Baseball, card number BCA-TS. It goes without saying that collectors will be checking on this prospect’s production starting next season.
Here’s a look at him batting with his high school team:
Here’s Baseball America’s look at his all-around game:
According to his MLB.com draft profile:
“Stephenson is quite advanced for a high schooler. His strong hands and arm translate into quality receiving and throwing skills, and he has surprising agility for a 6-foot-4, 210-pounder. Stephenson’s combination of strength, bat speed and loft in his right-handed swing translate into huge raw power.”
He seemingly has it all. Let’s see what happens.