BURLINGTON, N.C.—When the Royals first approached Niklas Stephenson about trying weighted ball workouts last fall, he was a little hesitant. But he didn’t have a whole lot to lose. The righthander was barely hanging on to a spot in pro ball. He had gone undrafted out of Sunset High in Encitas, Calif., before signing with the Royals as a nondrafted free agent in July 2012.
He’d posted a 7.47 ERA in two summers with the Royals’ Rookie-ball teams as a reliever. Lefthanders had hit an even .500 (20-for-40) against him. With an 83-86 mph fastball, not much of a curveball and even less of a changeup, it would have been fair to wonder what a scout ever saw in Stephenson. It was even more remarkable that the Royals were asking him to come back for a third pro season.
So weighted ball workouts? Why not.
“At first I was real skeptical. I’m not skeptical any more,” Stephenson said.
Throwing a heavier-than-normal ball helped Steve Delabar go from the independent leagues to the Mariners’ and then the Blue Jays’ bullpen. It’s now taken Stephenson from afterthought to legitimate prospect.
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