2023 Player Outlook
Stephenson just didn't stay on the field in 2022, appearing in just 50 games and serving stints on the IL for a concussion, broken thumb, and broken clavicle. Hitters returning from thumb injuries can struggle, but Stephenson was quite the opposite, hitting .400 with a 169 wRC+ across 28 plate appearances. He'll be healthy heading into Spring Training, and when he's on the field, he's one of the few reliable offensive backstops in the game. He's a career .296 hitter with an 80.6 percent contact rate, and oh, he plays half of his games in Great American Ball Park. There are some durability concerns, sure, but he's worth the risk outside of the top eight or so at the position. With good health, Stephenson would be a guy that hits .270+ with double-digit home runs behind the dish. It seems that his durability concerns from last year are baked into his draft price.