The left-handed pitcher has been flawless throughout his minor league career and his MiLB numbers are absolutely staggering. Since 2011, Cingrani has an untouchable 1.63 ERA through 40 minor league starts. He has even struck out 273 batters in just over 209 innings of work.
Cingrani had a quick cup of coffee in the majors last year. He pitched from the pen and was used for just five innings. However, he still managed to strikeout nine batters and showed that he possesses the raw strikeout ability that manager’s look for in a starter. The 23-year-old was almost called up to go into the bullpen this year, but the team has their mind made up that this kid is a big league starter.
In Cingrani’s first Triple-A start last week, the southpaw struck out a jaw-dropping 14 batters through six innings of shutout ball. His fastball was getting late action on it and he was simply unhittable in the outing. Needless to say, the performance officially put him on the fantasy map.
The first time any pitcher has a shaky start, you can bet manager Dusty Baker will be making the call to get Cingrani on his way to Cincinnati. This kid has all the tools to be successful and will no doubt be a strong arm behind Johnny Cueto in the rotation someday.
Cingrani is one prospect to stash now in dynasty leagues, because he will be fanning major league batters sooner rather than later.