Pirates Add Robert Stephenson to Active Roster

The Pittsburgh Pirates added right-handed pitcher Robert Stephenson to the active roster ahead of Sunday’s game against the Philadelphia Phillies. To make room on the 26-man roster, pitcher JT Brubaker was placed on the Paternity List.

Stephenson was picked up by the Pirates yesterday off of waivers from the Colorado Rockies. This season he has a 6.04 ERA in 45 relief appearances, with a 4.67 FIP, 1.48 WHIP and 37 strikeouts in 44.2 innings. Career  over parts of seven season, the 29-year-old Stephenson has a 4.97 ERA/4.91 FIP, a 1.44 WHIP and 311 strikeouts in 298.2 innings.

John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball.

When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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This guy has parts of seven seasons of, at best, mediocrity. Why do we want him?!?


Why do they keep on claiming these pitchers instead of bringing up Bolton or Alldred?

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