On Monday night, Reds catching prospect Tyler Stephenson announced that he has opted to have surgery on his ailing wrist that has caused 2016 to be a lost season for the most part, and will miss the rest of the season.
For nearly the entire campaign, Stephenson has been dealing with the wrist injury, or the concussion that he sustained.
“Hate that this season came up short and all the injuries, but I will have surgery on Tuesday to fix my wrist,” Stephenson Tweeted. “Thanks for all the support.”
In 2016, Stephenson played in just 39 games, hitting .216 with three home runs and 16 RBI with Dayton.
After dealing with the concussion early in the season, Stephenson was originally placed on the DL on June 1 with a strained left wrist.
It took just over a month for Stephenson to get back on the field in a rehab stint with the AZL Reds. However, that was promising, as Stephenson hit .250 with a double, a home run and two RBI in 20 at bats.
Stephenson played just 14 more games with Dayton after returning, and was placed on the DL again on August 16.
Stephenson was the Reds top selection in the 2015 draft with the 11th overall pick out of high school.
After dominating the rookie league levels in 2015, Stephenson battled injuries this season.
Stephenson is a taller catcher, but does not see the drawbacks defensively that can be attributed to that with all of the moving parts. In 2015, Stephenson hit .273 with a .727 OPS. He had just one home run, but added 16 doubles.
It is unclear what the time frame is on his return, but with a delicate and lingering injury, Stephenson will likely be eased in and return to Dayton for a hopeful rebound 2017 season.