A lot of people on this board seemed to think Lively would struggle at Double-A, which never made much sense to me considering he flat-out dominated at Bakersfield in the first half, which is a complete hitters league. Lively's numbers were staggering: 10-1, 2.28 ERA, 0.92 WHIP, 79 IP, 57 H, 6 HR, 16 BB, 95 K. It doesn't get any better than that in the California League.
And now through 11 starts at Pensacola, Lively is 2-6, 3.63 ERA, 1.26 WHIP, 62 IP, 46 H, 5 HR, 32 BB (no bueno), 67 K. Other than the walks, he's been very impressive.
He's certainly very close to Stephenson's level as a prospect. And if he keeps this up, it won't be long before he surpasses Stephenson.