Stephenson signs before deadline
Just before the deadline expired, the Reds signed 2011 first-round pick Robert Stephenson. The right-handed high school pitcher will receive a $2 million bonus.
Stephenson, 18, was the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, Calif. During his senior season, he was 7-2 with a 1.33 ERA in 64 innings, and he tossed two no-hitters.
“We got him right there at the end,” Reds senior director of amateur scouting Chris Buckley said just after the 12:01 a.m. ET deadline early Tuesday. “You never want to pick a guy in the first round to not sign him.”
And Stephenson was also happy.
“I’m really excited and definitely relieved to get it done,” Stephenson said by phone. “It was literally at the last minute by the phone waiting for a call.”