- #16 – 2016 Preseason
- #8 – 2016 Midseason
- #11 – 2017 Preseason
- #15 – 2017 Midseason
- #15 – 2018 Preseason
- #16 – 2018 Midseason
- #19 – 2019 Preseason
- VIDEO: Full At Bat (ground out), 8/5/2015
- VIDEO: Warm-ups, AZL, 8/5/2015
- Detailed feature article on Stephens’ development from high school through his first year as a pro
- Interview, 6/24/2016
- Interview, July 2017
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With the team not having 2nd or 3rd round picks in 2015, and the trade of Zack Erwin just 6 months after he was drafted, Jordan Stephens was quickly the 2nd highest pick still in the organization from the 2015 draft (behind only Carson Fulmer). This right-hander grew up in Alvin, Texas (hometown of Nolan Ryan), excelling on both sides of the ball for Alvin High School. He threw two full seasons as a starter at Rice (2012-2013), but then suffered a torn UCL in 2014 and had Tommy John surgery. He returned during the 2015 season (less than a year after surgery) and threw 59.2 innings, before being drafted. Careful not to push his recovery, Stephens pitched in just 11 abbreviated outings across both rookie affiliates in his draft year and had no trouble with AZL and Pioneer League hitters (17.2 IP, 9 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 21 K) as a 22-year-old. For 2016, he was double-promoted to A+ Winston-Salem, where he performed quite well despite the accelerated recovery path: 3.45 ERA, 3.1 BB/9, 9.9 K/9 in 141 IP. As 2017 Spring Training was underway, Jordan went down with forearm tendonitis, pushing back his season opening to June. But he performed well in AA despite the time off, booking a 3.14 ERA, 3.4 BB/9 and 8.1 K/9 in 16 starts. Here in 2018, Jordan’s march towards Chicago continues: after breezing through 7 starts back at AA (2.95 ERA, striking out more than a batter per inning) he was promoted to AAA Charlotte where his numbers weren’t as strong (4.71 ERA, 9.6 H/9, 3.5 BB/9, 8.3 K/9) in 21 starts.
This Texan with a relatively short but strong frame throws a low 90’s 4-seamer that will ride to mid-90’s, a recently added/refined slider/cutter, curveball and change. The curve and 2S have both drawn good reviews from scouts, with the former being his “out” pitch at Rice. His delivery features a low set, pause at the top of a slower leg kick, high 3/4 arm angle and appears to have typical effort level. He was throwing a slider that was replaced by the cutter after that forearm scare in 2017, but since then he has brought the slider back, though some scouts aren’t clear if the pitch is one or the other. Early looks in 2018 spring training games showed he favored mixing in high fastballs and the curve heavily. The overall package looks like a potential back end starter, but middle relief could also work for him. The White Sox did add him to the 40-man roster in November, which significantly increases his chances of getting a major league look in 2019.
Major League Outlook: Back end starter or middle/long reliever
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