Tony Cingrani Set To Make An Impact
The minor league system for most baseball teams is a way they can ensure that they will have a promising future for years to come. The Cincinnati Reds future has come a lot sooner than most people imagined. The Reds are expected to call up left-handed pitching prospect Tony Cingrani from Triple-A Louisville to make his first MLB start on Thursday against the Miami Marlins.
The Reds had to place Johnny Cueto the Reds ace in the starting rotation on the DL, because of a strained muscle in his back. The Reds are unsure how long Cueto will be sidelined for. There is a silver lining to the bad news of Cueto being injured, and that is the Reds organization will see the type of pitcher they have in Cingrani.
Cingrani has started three games this season for Louisville, and has been impressive in each of his starts. He only has three Triple-A starts under his belt, after spending all of last season with the Reds Double-A affiliate in Pensacola. While in Pensacola he put up solid numbers across the board, as indicated by 101 Ks and only 39 walks in 89.1 innings.
Cingrani has carried that success with him in Louisville by striking out 26 batters in 14.1 innings and walking only two batters. Cingrani has an out of this world SO/9 rate of 16.3, and he also has strike out to walk ratio of 13. Another thing about Cingrani is that he has not allowed an earned run so far while pitching in Louisville.
The numbers that he has put up in the minors this season are great, but that does mean he will carry that success when he faces major league hitters for the first time.
Cingrani does have an advantage in that his first two starts will be against teams that are not adept at scoring runs. He is expected to start against the Marlins, and his next scheduled start will be against the Chicago Cubs.