MLB: The champion, Bravos, signs the Pitcher of the Year in Venezuela, who has three years without throwing in GL

The Atlanta Braves signed right-hander jackson stephens with a minor league contract. As noted in the tweets, the still young 27-year-old was recently awarded Pitcher of the Year in the Venezuelan Winter League.

The 6-foot-1, 220-pound Stephens was selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 18th round of the 2012 draft. Working primarily as a starter, he worked his way up through the minor leagues and was able to make his MLB debut five years later when in 2017, he pitched 25 innings in four starts and three relief appearances:

In 2018, he made 29 more appearances, all from the bullpen, throwing 38 1/3 innings. He hasn’t been able to break into the big leagues since then, making his 63 1/3 innings over those two seasons the total of his GL experience thus far. He has a 4.83 career ERA, a 19% strikeout rate, and an 8.5% walk rate.

In 2019, he logged 84 innings for the Reds’ Triple-A and was later drafted into free agency after being dropped from the roster at the end of the year. After missing 2020, he spent 2021 with the Tecolotes de los Dos Laredos of the Mexican League.

He logged 65 innings there, posting a 4.98 ERA. A short time later, he joined Cardenales de Lara and had perhaps his best run of success to date. In 49 1/3 innings over 14 games, including nine starts, he struck out 44 batters, walking just 10, with a 1.82 ERA. As mentioned, he was awarded the league’s Pitcher of the Year honors.

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Jackson Tanner Stephens doesn’t have much in his record that can match that recent performance in Venezuela, either in the Majors or higher Minors. However, he is only 27 years old and will turn 28 in May. For the Braves, there’s nothing wrong with bringing him on board and seeing if that recent uptick in his performance is due to some sort of adjustment that might be sustainable.

Raphael Martinez

I am a fan of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and all Mexican baseball in general. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterruptedly since 2009), signatures of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, although as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I have baseball in my veins. Degree in Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and a reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I arrived at El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services at Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and a few days later, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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MLB: The champion, Bravos, signs the Pitcher of the Year in Venezuela, who has three years without throwing in GL