Tony Cingrani (P) is making himself right at home for the Pensacola Blue Wahoos, Cincinnati Reds’ AA club in the Southern League. Cingrani now has 8 starts under his baseball belt in the new league and he has picked right up where he left off for the Bakersfield Blaze in the California League (High A).
To recap the history so far on Tony Cingrani, he was drafted in the third round of the 2011 draft by the Cincinnati Reds out of Rice University. While at Rice, he was mainly utilized as a closer. However, the Reds quickly moved him to starter and he has never looked back. While at Bakersfield this season, Cingrani posted a 5-1 record with a 1.11 ERA. After moving across the country to Pensacola, he has posted a 5-1 record with a 1.29 ERA. Pretty consistent, huh?
The lefthanded Tony Cingrani is proving to be a strike out machine. After fanning 71 for the Blaze, he has struck out 52 with the Wahoos. That includes a game against the Montgomery Biscuits in which he fanned 15! To put some icing on the cake of work in Florida, he is actually improving (if that is possible). In Cingrani’s last four starts he is 4-0 with a 0.00 ERA. In that span of games, he has 29 strike outs.
Few in the Reds’ organization doubt that Tony Cingrani will be pitching in GABP sooner rather than later. Barring injury, there is no question he will make it to the big leagues. I’ve heard from several (Chris Welsh -former MLB pitcher himself and Bill Stockland - see accompanying picture, among them) who have seen Cingrani pitch and they all agree, he is MLB material.
For a team like the Reds that is devoid of left handed starting pitching (Aroldis Chapman’s role still unclear), I know they are salivating at the prospect of getting Tony Cingrani up in Cincinnati.