Tony Cingrani: An Update

By Jeff Gray

It’s been a little over a month since I have written a blog on one of the hottest pitchers in the Cincinnati Reds’ minor league system.  That, of course, is Tony Cingrani

When last I wrote, he had just been named minor league pitcher of the month (April) in the Reds’ organization.  He was pitching at the time for the Bakersfield Blaze in the California League (High A).  The former Rice Owl who was picked in the third round of the 2011 draft (114th overall) has since moved to the Southern League and is playing for the Pensacola Wahoos (great name, by the way) which is AA.

Tony Cingrani has picked up right where he left off in the California League.  He has, for the most part, owned the Southern League too.  Since moving to the Wahoos Cingrani has started 6 games.  He sports a record of 3-1 in that time.  He has allowed only 7 earned runs, consequently he has an ERA of 1.90.  He is still striking out a little over 1 batter per inning.  He has worked 36 innings and struck out 47.

More importantly, Tony Cingrani is 2-0 in his last two starts, with an ERA of 0.00 and striking out 24.  He only allowed 5 hits during that time.  As a result of his week, Cingrani has just been named the Cincinnati Reds’ Minor League Pitcher of the Week.

Clearly, Cingrani is adjusting nicely to professional baseball.  Now that he is pitching in AA he is literally one phone call away from being called up to the big club.  Unfortunately for him, fortunately for Reds’ fans, the Cincinnati Reds are one of two teams to still be using the same starting five pitchers they began the season with.  The starting five have been very good and very healthy.  However, when the teams are allowed to expand their rosters for post-season (and assuming that the Reds are still in contention) expect the Reds to call up Tony Cingrani. 

Either now or later, Cingrani is destined to have a great career with the Reds.

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