Walt on the promotion:
STEPHENSON PROMOTED: Right-hander Robert Stephenson was promoted from high A Bakersfield to Double-A Pensacola. Stephenson, 20, was the club’s top pick in 2011 draft.
“We wanted to fast track him this year,” Jocketty said. “We would have been there sooner if he hadn’t had a little setback.
Stephenson began the year at low A Dayton. He went 5-3 with a 2.57 ERA there. He was 2-2 with a 3.05 ERA for Bakersfield. He went six shutout innings in his last start for the Blaze and allowed one hit. He struck out nine and walked one.
Overall, he’s thrown 97 2/3 innings and allowed 75 hits, 22 walks and struck out 118.
Jocketty has seen Stephenson pitch twice this year.
“Very impressive,” he said.