Originally Posted by Steve4192
Honestly, I wouldn't even count Stephenson. He's just too far away. Three years is a LONG time in the lifespan of a teenage pitching prospect. I certainly think he has the talent to be a fantastic major leaguer, but a lot can happen in three years. Just ask guys like Ty Howington and Chris Gruler.
Stephenson probably isn't three years away. He also isn't really comparable to a guy like Gruler, who never even had a chance by the time he was the age that Stephenson was. Howington really isn't comparable either. Same age, in Dayton, he walked 86 and struck out 119 in 141.2 innings. He took a step forward the next year, but poor control still held him back. Obviously, we can't say which direction Stephenson will go moving forward, but neither of those guys are really too comparable to him.