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Reds sign #1 draft pick Stephenson before deadline

 

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The Cincinnati Reds beat the dealine and have signed their 2011 first-round Draft pick Robert Stephenson. The right-hander just out of high school received a $2 million bonus.

A team that does not sign its first-or-second-round pick will receive a compensatory pick in the 2012 Draft. That selection will be at the same spot, plus one slot. For instance, the Reds would have received the 28th overall selection if they did sign Stephenson.

Stephenson’s backup plan was that if he hadn’t signed a contract, he was ready to play baseball for the University of Washington.

The 18-year-old, was the 27th overall selection in the 2011 First-Year Player Draft out of Alhambra High School in Martinez, California. As a senior, he was 8-2 with a 1.19 ERA in 76.2 innings and he threw two no-hitters.

It is believed that Stephenson will start off his pro career in rookie ball in Goodyear, Arizona.

 

Info compiled from MLB & Cincinnati Reds news

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