I wrote a few weeks ago about Tony Cingrani, a left-handed pitcher in the Cincinnati Reds’ farm system. My focus was on his great start. He had been named Minor League Pitcher of the Month for the month of April in the Reds’ system and was on, what can only be called, a tear to start the season.
Since then, he has been, if possible, even better. We now have enough of a body of work to make some proclamations about Cingrani.
Tony Cingrani has now appeared in 8 games for the Bakersfield Blaze (California League – High A). During that time, the former Rice Owl has allowed only 9 runs, 4 were earned runs. His ERA is a very miniscule 0.78. He leads the league in that category. (He leads all Reds’ pitchers in that category too.) Oddly he has a record of 4-1. He has only walked 10 batters, allowed 1 homerun and has struck out 65 in 46 innings of work. That is not a typo. Tony Cingrani has struck out 65 batters.
Cingrani (6’4”, 200lbs) was selected in the third round by the Reds in the 2011 draft out of Rice University, a top notch college . He spent most of his time there as a closer. He has certainly made the transition to starting pitching very, very well.
It is unlikely that Cingrani will stay at the High A level much longer. I look for the Reds to move him up to AA next month. It is clear that the California League does not pose much of a challenge for him. Once he masters more than two pitches or can consistently throw them for strikes, he will be a very hot commodity. Plus he could use to put another 10 lbs. or so of weight on that 6’ 4” frame.
Keep an eye out for this lefthander. Baring injury, we will see Tony Cingrani in the official Reds uniform sooner rather than later.