Originally Posted by OGB
He definitely has been of late, but he's struggled at times this year. Call it unlucky all you want, but he has a 3.74 ERA, 7 wild pitches, a 1.17 WHIP.
I could see a promotion in his future if he keeps going the rate he's going, but bad luck doesn't get a dominant pitcher a 3.74 ERA.
What Tony Cingrani is doing this year is dominant. Stephenson isn't quite there yet, but he's clearly well on his way.
Bad luck can get a dominant pitcher an ERA of now 3.32. He has 59.2 innings with 16 walks and 77 strikeouts. That is dominant.
He has struck out 15% more batters than the next closest guy in the league who has faced at least 150 batters. He is the only guy in the league with over a 28% strikeout rate (he is at 32%). He has the largest gap in the league between his strikeout rate and his walk rate.
Tony Cingrani has been dominant too. But Stephenson has also been dominant.