Originally Posted by Steve4192
I was referring more to the fact that they got injured rather than their statistical performances.
As far as Stephenson being less than three years away, I hope you are wrong. I don't want to see the Reds rush him through the system like they did Howington. I would prefer to see him spend a full year at each stop remaining on the minor league ladder (A/A+, AA, and AAA) before arriving in the majors to stay in 2016.
I don't think a 2015 debut would be rushing Robert Stephenson, especially given the fact that several HS pitchers who were drafted in the same round as he was have already made their big league debuts (Bundy, Bauer, etc.) and others (Fernandez, et al) are playing at higher levels than Stephenson is.
If anything, the Reds have been overly conservative with Stephenson and Travieso, as there aren't many other examples of other first round HS pitchers beginning their second season in Rookie Ball.
I've said it before, but it's worth mentioning here again, that 2011 first round will go down as one of, if not the best round of pitching talent in draft history. Stephenson is an uber prospect, and he's arguably not even one of the five best pitchers taken in that round!