Stephens comes to the Wild Things after playing for the Las Cruces Vaqueros of the Continental League earlier in 2010. There he batted .318 with six home runs and 22 RBI in 88 at-bats. He also scored 22 runs with three doubles and had a slugging percentage of .500.
In 2009, he played for Cal State-Fullerton before transferring to Chico State. He played in 42 games and batted .357 with nine home runs for the Wildcats. He also collected 36 RBI, 31 runs, and hit seven doubles on his way to an All-CCAA second team selection.Stephens played for East L.A. College in 2007, where he hit .342 with eight home runs and 42 RBI. He was also recognized with a second-team All- South Coast Conference selection.