MiLB.com: Before that, you were held back by the Reds and made your pro debut a year after getting drafted. What was your reaction to that strategy?
Stephenson: To be honest, I was a little disappointed at first. I don't want to say I was pushed back, but you could see they were holding me back a little bit. My arm wanted to throw. But as time went on, I saw that it was a better idea for me. They wanted to warm me up, get me used to throwing every five days. The more I look at it, the better it was for me.
MiLB.com: Back to the present. How close to the Majors do you feel right now?
Stephenson: Obviously, I don't expect to be break camp with the big club. That being said, I think they want me to be ready at some point this season in case I am moved up. I want to be ready at every turn, so I'm prepared when I do get that call.