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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 29)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
35.7 3.06 1.21 45 2 2 0 0.5
Birth Date7-5-1989
Height6' 4"
Weight217 lbs
Age29 years, 8 months, 20 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
-0.12015
-1.22016
0.32017
0.32018
0.52019
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2012 CIN MLB 3 0 5.0 0 0 0 4 2 9 1 97 7.2 3.6 1.8 16.2 64% .300 1.20 3.33 1.80 65 2.17 49.7 0.2
2013 CIN MLB 23 18 104.7 7 4 0 72 43 120 14 104 6.2 3.7 1.2 10.3 36% .241 1.10 3.75 2.92 108 4.24 101.5 0.9
2014 CIN MLB 13 11 63.3 2 8 0 62 35 61 12 100 8.8 5.0 1.7 8.7 37% .292 1.53 5.34 4.55 115 4.94 121.2 -0.1
2015 CIN MLB 35 1 33.3 0 3 0 31 25 39 3 96 8.4 6.8 0.8 10.5 41% .329 1.68 4.51 5.67 109 5.07 118.5 -0.1
2016 CIN MLB 65 0 63.0 2 5 17 54 37 49 5 98 7.7 5.3 0.7 7.0 48% .277 1.44 4.56 4.14 123 6.57 145.4 -1.2
2017 CIN 0 25 0 23.3 0 0 0 25 6 24 9 96 9.6 2.3 3.5 9.3 43% .271 1.33 7.03 5.40 112 6.06 128.9 -0.2
2017 LAN 0 22 0 19.3 0 0 0 15 6 28 1 93 7.0 2.8 0.5 13.0 42% .333 1.09 1.88 2.79 77 2.70 57.4 0.5
2018 LAN MLB 30 0 22.7 1 2 0 19 6 36 2 100 7.5 2.4 0.8 14.3 54% .354 1.10 2.28 4.76 91 3.90 87.0 0.3
2017 TOT MLB 47 0 42.7 0 0 0 40 12 52 10 95 8.4 2.5 2.1 11.0 42% .297 1.22 4.69 4.22 96 4.53 96.5 0.3
CareerMLB21630334.7122217282160366471007.64.31.39.841%.2821.324.294.011094.88112.80.2

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2011 BIL Rk PIO 13 13 51.3 3 2 0 35 6 80 1 99 6.1 1.1 0.2 14.0 49% .330 0.80 1.81 1.75 0 0.00 0.0
2012 CIN MLB NL 3 0 5.0 0 0 0 4 2 9 1 97 7.2 3.6 1.8 16.2 64% .300 1.20 3.33 1.80 65 2.17 49.7
2012 BAK A+ CAL 10 10 56.7 5 1 0 39 13 71 2 95 6.2 2.1 0.3 11.3 45% .276 0.92 2.45 1.11 0 0.00 0.0
2012 PEN AA SOU 16 15 89.3 5 3 0 59 39 101 7 101 5.9 3.9 0.7 10.2 44% .257 1.10 3.24 2.12 0 0.00 0.0
2013 CIN MLB NL 23 18 104.7 7 4 0 72 43 120 14 104 6.2 3.7 1.2 10.3 36% .241 1.10 3.75 2.92 108 4.24 101.5
2013 LOU AAA INT 6 6 31.3 3 0 0 14 11 49 1 98 4.0 3.2 0.3 14.1 50% .236 0.80 1.63 1.15 0 0.00 0.0
2014 CIN MLB NL 13 11 63.3 2 8 0 62 35 61 12 100 8.8 5.0 1.7 8.7 37% .292 1.53 5.34 4.55 115 4.94 121.2
2015 CIN MLB NL 35 1 33.3 0 3 0 31 25 39 3 96 8.4 6.8 0.8 10.5 41% .329 1.68 4.51 5.67 109 5.07 118.5
2015 LOU AAA INT 9 6 24.7 0 1 0 20 11 32 2 98 7.3 4.0 0.7 11.7 45% .310 1.26 3.19 1.82 93 3.29 67.8
2016 CIN MLB NL 65 0 63.0 2 5 17 54 37 49 5 98 7.7 5.3 0.7 7.0 48% .277 1.44 4.56 4.14 123 6.57 145.4
2017 CIN MLB NL 25 0 23.3 0 0 0 25 6 24 9 96 9.6 2.3 3.5 9.3 43% .271 1.33 7.03 5.40 112 6.06 128.9
2017 LAN MLB NL 22 0 19.3 0 0 0 15 6 28 1 93 7.0 2.8 0.5 13.0 42% .333 1.09 1.88 2.79 77 2.70 57.4
2017 DYT A MID 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 104 0.0 9.0 0.0 0.0 100% .000 1.00 6.49 0.00 98 4.30 89.7
2017 LOU AAA INT 2 0 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0.0 9.0 0.0 4.5 40% .000 1.00 5.33 0.00 103 4.52 96.0
2018 LAN MLB NL 30 0 22.7 1 2 0 19 6 36 2 100 7.5 2.4 0.8 14.3 54% .354 1.10 2.28 4.76 91 3.90 87.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2012 101 0.5545 0.4752 0.7292 0.5714 0.3556 0.7813 0.6250 0.2708
2013 1810 0.4956 0.4376 0.7462 0.6120 0.2662 0.8069 0.6091 0.2538
2014 1107 0.4761 0.4119 0.7807 0.5996 0.2414 0.8544 0.6143 0.2193
2015 654 0.4755 0.4297 0.6904 0.6495 0.2303 0.7525 0.5316 0.3096
2016 1082 0.5028 0.4464 0.7847 0.6728 0.2175 0.8197 0.6752 0.2153
2017 727 0.4924 0.4814 0.6914 0.6508 0.3171 0.7983 0.4786 0.3086
2018 372 0.4866 0.4731 0.6591 0.6740 0.2827 0.7705 0.4074 0.3409
Career58530.49100.44180.74100.63310.25740.80830.58490.2590

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-06-26 - Minors - - Left Shoulder Strain -
2014-05-01 2014-05-18 15-DL 17 14 Left Shoulder Inflammation - -
2013-09-11 2013-10-01 DTD 20 16 - Low Back Spasms - -
2013-08-21 2013-09-05 15-DL 15 14 - Low Back Strain - -
2013-05-11 2013-05-17 DTD 6 5 Left Shoulder Soreness - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2019 LAN $2,650,000
2018 LAN $2,300,000
2017 CIN $1,825,000
2016 CIN $530,000
2015 CIN $525,500
2014 CIN $512,500
2013 CIN $
2012 CIN $
YearsDescriptionSalary
5 yrPrevious$5,693,000
2018Current$2,650,000
6 yrPvs + Cur$8,343,000
6 yrTotal$8,343,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
5 y 88 dCurtis Dishman1 year/$2.65M (2019)

Details
  • 1 year/$2.65M (2019). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 11/30/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$2.3M (2018). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/12/18 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$1.825M (2017). Re-signed by Cincinnati 1/13/17 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.53M (2016). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/16.
  • 1 year/$0.5255M (2015). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/15.
  • 1 year/$0.5125M (2014). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/14.
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Cincinnati 3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Contract purchased by Cincinnati 9/4/12.
  • Drafted by Cincinnati 2011 (3-114) (Rice). $0.21M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2 1.4 0 34 0 52.3 33 18 66 4 .247 0.97 2.06 2.42 8.6 0.9
80o 2 1.4 0 34 0 46.4 31 17 58 4 .262 1.05 2.40 2.81 7.2 0.8
70o 2 1.4 0 34 0 42.2 30 17 53 4 .273 1.11 2.65 3.1 6.1 0.7
60o 1.9 1.5 0 34 0 38.8 29 16 49 3 .282 1.16 2.86 3.35 5.1 0.6
50o 1.9 1.5 0 34 0 35.6 28 15 45 3 .291 1.21 3.07 3.58 4.3 0.5
40o 1.9 1.5 0 34 0 32.5 26 15 41 3 .300 1.26 3.28 3.82 3.4 0.4
30o 1.9 1.6 0 34 0 29.3 25 14 37 3 .309 1.32 3.50 4.08 2.4 0.3
20o 1.8 1.6 0 34 0 25.6 23 13 32 3 .320 1.39 3.77 4.38 1.3 0.1
10o 1.8 1.6 0 34 0 20.6 20 11 26 2 .335 1.49 4.15 4.82 -0.4 0.0
Weighted Mean1.91.5034034.92715443.2881.203.043.554.40.5

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203031162065472681647.2961.123.243.636.53.611.20.80.9
20213131165069512585747.3001.113.283.686.73.311.10.90.9
20223231159062462477647.3001.123.213.606.63.511.10.90.9
20233331160063452477647.2911.093.293.696.43.410.90.90.9
20243431153056412267547.2971.133.453.876.63.610.80.80.6
20253521145047341857447.2941.103.353.756.53.410.80.80.6
20263621037040291548447.2951.113.313.716.63.410.90.90.5
20273721036038291546447.3041.163.383.796.93.610.90.90.5
20283821036038281546447.2991.123.333.736.63.510.80.90.5

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 86 David Hernandez 2014 0.00 DNP
2 86 Dennys Reyes 2006 1.42
3 85 Ken Howell 1990 5.06
4 85 Steve Hamilton 1964 3.58
5 85 Mark Lowe 2012 3.43
6 83 Dave LaRoche 1977 4.14
7 83 Doug Bair 1979 4.39
8 83 Jakie May 1925 5.07
9 83 Mike Stanton 1982 4.79
10 82 Arthur Rhodes 1999 6.28
11 82 Jorge Julio 2008 3.60
12 82 Jorge De La Rosa 2010 4.51
13 81 Joba Chamberlain 2015 6.51
14 81 Shawn Tolleson 2017 0.00 DNP
15 80 Mike Holtz 2002 6.43
16 80 Ken Dayley 1988 3.25
17 80 Kyle Farnsworth 2005 2.31
18 80 Willie Hernandez 1984 1.92
19 80 Steve Farr 1986 3.21
20 79 Jose Mijares 2014 0.00 DNP
21 79 Curtis Leskanic 1997 5.55
22 79 J.J. Hoover 2017 4.14
23 79 Felipe Paulino 2013 0.00 DNP
24 79 Rick Croushore 2000 7.88
25 78 Jeff Samardzija 2014 3.52
26 78 Jonathan Sanchez 2012 8.35
27 78 Jay Howell 1985 2.94
28 78 Xavier Hernandez 1995 4.70
29 78 Kiko Calero 2004 2.78
30 78 Marshall Bridges 1960 2.86
31 78 Tim Stoddard 1982 4.18
32 78 Greg McCarthy 1998 5.01
33 78 Justin Grimm 2018 10.38
34 77 Don Elston 1958 3.22
35 77 Ed Roebuck 1961 5.00
36 77 Scott Atchison 2005 6.75
37 77 Ron Davis 1985 3.90
38 77 Darren Holmes 1995 3.51
39 77 Jack Wilson 1941 6.65
40 77 Pedro Borbon 1997 0.00 DNP
41 77 Octavio Dotel 2003 2.59
42 77 Bryan Hickerson 1993 4.34
43 77 Todd Worrell 1989 3.83
44 77 Bobby Ayala 1999 4.72
45 76 Wade Davis 2015 1.07
46 76 Carlos Diaz 1987 0.00 DNP
47 76 Neal Cotts 2009 7.36
48 76 Chris Perez 2015 0.00 DNP
49 76 Chad Gaudin 2012 5.06
50 76 Rich Hinton 1976 7.64
51 76 David Riske 2006 4.09
52 76 Juan Nicasio 2016 4.88
53 76 Paul Assenmacher 1990 2.97
54 76 Jason Christiansen 1999 4.06
55 76 Pat Dobson 1971 3.32
56 76 Buddy Schultz 1980 0.00 DNP
57 76 Rick Sutcliffe 1985 3.53
58 75 Andy McGaffigan 1986 3.09
59 75 Mike MacDougal 2006 1.55
60 75 Brian Matusz 2016 14.00
61 75 Ed Olwine 1987 6.56
62 75 Al Closter 1972 11.57
63 75 Turk Farrell 1963 3.38
64 75 Tom Acker 1959 4.41
65 75 Milt Wilcox 1979 4.81
66 75 Marc Rzepczynski 2015 7.46
67 75 Mark Guthrie 1995 4.79
68 75 Wayne Twitchell 1977 4.73
69 75 Mark Gardner 1991 4.17
70 75 Jumbo Brown 1936 7.51
71 75 Rod Scurry 1985 3.88
72 75 Britt Reames 2003 27.00
73 75 Jim Mecir 1999 3.05
74 74 Gene Garber 1977 2.61
75 74 Mike Hartley 1991 4.32
76 74 Jason Isringhausen 2002 3.03
77 74 Roy Lee Jackson 1983 4.79
78 74 Mike Dunn 2014 4.11
79 74 Dave Burba 1996 4.43
80 74 Jim Kern 1978 3.26
81 74 Tom Gorzelanny 2012 3.38
82 74 Tony Sipp 2013 5.26
83 74 Chad Harville 2006 5.93
84 74 Bob Mabe 1959 8.49
85 74 Kenny Rogers 1994 5.00
86 74 David Carpenter 2015 4.74
87 74 Manny Parra 2012 5.98
88 74 Joe Boever 1990 3.57
89 74 Franklin Morales 2015 3.61
90 74 Mike Myers 1998 3.42
91 74 Shawn Camp 2005 7.35
92 74 Bob Reynolds 1976 0.00 DNP
93 74 Steve Karsay 2001 2.76
94 74 Joel Hanrahan 2011 2.23
95 74 Boone Logan 2014 7.20
96 74 Dave Geisel 1984 4.57
97 73 Mickey Lolich 1970 4.13
98 73 Charlie Furbush 2015 2.49
99 73 Mark Langston 1990 4.84
100 73 Chris Short 1967 2.44

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 A six-foot-four southpaw who sits 95 with plane is always interesting, even when he hasn't put together an above-average season in more than four years and his DRA is lining up to kick the extra point. The Dodgers saw something they liked despite the top-line failures, poaching him as a cheap fixer-upper in July. And fix him up they did: He immediately started throwing many more sliders, while moving his fastball north and pinning it more consistently arm-side. Voila! Over his 22 games in Pantone 294 he racked up the strikeouts while cutting that bloated DRA nearly in half. With two more years of club control and a run of gnarly statistical output denting his arbitration comps, Cingrani stands capable of providing excellent middle relief at even more excellent value for the next couple seasons.
2017 Bringing him in was usually a tactical Sin-grani. From the faithful Reds fans who showed up to slog side-along through a miserable season, his appearances drew many a Cin-groani. He probably drove Bryan Price to the bottom of one or two bottles of Sangria-ni. That, right there. Those three puns. The horrible feeling they’re giving you. That was Cingrani’s season. He threw harder than ever, averaging 95 mph on that string-straight barrel-seeker of a four-seam fastball, but it was hardly enough to get by. As spring turned to summer and life flowered all around, Cingrani’s slider died. He replaced the slider with a changeup, but very rarely threw it, because what’s the point? He had a 6.88 ERA from the trade deadline onward, which is as close as the Reds came to getting anything nice out of their former prized prospect.
2016 Cingrani posted some cringe-inducing numbers last season, but we're willing to grade his first full season in the bullpen as an “Incomplete.” His lack of reliable secondary offerings have long meant his days in the rotation were numbered, and as expected his low-90s fastball played up in relief and led to increased strikeout and swinging strike rates. However, he struggled with both command and control, and between the walks and the line drives and two stints on the DL he never found his groove. Cingrani has the goods to get big outs in the ‘pen, and if he's healthy this summer he's well positioned to start proving it.
2015 After his third-round selection in 2011, Cingrani plowed through pro hitters; his stat box above is missing only his 51-inning stint in Rookie ball in his draft year, so his meteoric rise out of Rice is fully within view. Cingrani made a brief debut in 2012; just two other players from his draft round have pitched in the majors at all (Carter Capps and Nick Maronde), though both also pitched in the bigs just a season after being drafted. The crash came hard last year, though, as the top hitters in the world adjusted to Cingrani's fastball-heavy approach, teeing off on the pitch for a .210 isolated power. He worked his slider and changeup into the mix enough that he threw his heater less than three-quarters of the time, but even that reduced rate fits in the leaderboards around relievers like Trevor Rosenthal, Kelvin Herrera and Craig Kimbrel rather than down around the other starting pitchers. Those guys all throw 98, by the way; Cingrani throws 92. To add injury to insult, Cingrani pitched only a partial year because of shoulder tendinitis, and had his throwing program shut down in August after he felt renewed pain. Forget about getting back to where he was in 2013; for now, he's just got to get back on the mound period.
2014 Over the past 10 seasons, there have been seven pitchers who threw at least 100 innings while pumping in four-seam fastballs at at least an 80-plus percent clip. Collectively, that group has a 15 percent strikeout rateand only two members whiffed better than 20 percent: Jaret Wright (20.4) in 2004 and Cingrani (28.6) in 2013. What Cingrani lacks in pure velocity, he makes up for in deceptivenessthis is the biggest key to his success, as he got more whiffs on his fastball than Matt Harvey, despite throwing 4 mph slower. Cingrani should start the season in the rotation, where hell continue to try and prove to his doubters that hes not going to end up in the bullpen. History shows that somewhere along the line hes going to have to pick up a usable secondary pitch or this becomes a high-wire act.
2013 Cingrani has posted huge minor-league strikeout numbers thanks to a low-90s fastball with movement and a changeup with what Kevin Goldstein referred to as "very good arm speed and fade." A fringy slider probably keeps him from being a rotation option, but the two-pitch approach could serve him well in relief. Then again, if Cingrani develops a decent breaking ball, he becomes very interesting.
2012 With their third-round pick of the 2011 draft, the Reds selected Tony Cingrani, a hard-throwing lefty out of Rice; having gotten his debut out the way, he could move up the ladder quickly.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-06-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)It seems that when big-stuff, poor command SP prospects initially come up there's a period of time where they are succesful before the league figures them out. I'm thinking like Tony Cingrani from 2 years ago and Lance McCullers Jr. this year. Can you think of a reason why these guys seem to have initial success that isn't really predicted for them? Maybe I take the scouting report too literal, but I often ignore these guys in my leagues when they come up, but it seems like there's an opportunity to grab these guys right away and ride them for a few starts before the league catches up to them.
(Shawn from Cubicle)
I don't think Cingrani and McCullers are too comparable. Everyone knew Cingrani was a one-trick pony who would struggle against righties. McCullers has better stuff and has even begun using a third pitch more frequently. If the command continues to develop, there's no comparison between the two whatsoever. (J.P. Breen)
2015-02-13 19:00:00 (link to chat)Does PFM value SB too much or is it that we don't value them enough? Preset PFM inputs yield. Player A 83 25 80 26 .261 $26.74 player B 71 23 79 9 .269 $11.86 I'd rather have Player B at that price and use the surplus $14.88 to buy SB and other stats. Also Tony Cingrani is projected by PFM to be a top 35 SP when he can be drafted much later than that. Is he a player to target late in drafts hoping that PECOTA's analysis will yield a nice profit? Thank you.
(Julio Ramos from San Antonio)
It's a little bit of both. We probably should be paying more for SB and in mixed formats in particular they get the short shrift. That being said, PECOTA putting a Top 5 or 10 value on a one trick pony like Billy Hamilton overemphasizes his true value, particularly if you don't turn the SGP feature ON. Most importantly, if you value SB "correctly" but your league is paying significantly less for it, you are going to wind up with Billy Hamilton, Dee Gordon, and Ben Revere and not have enough stats elsewhere to compete in your league.

As far as Cingrani goes, I don't like him but the high whiff potential does make him a deeper mixed sleeper. He should probably be getting a little play in the reserve rounds or late in the draft portion. (Mike Gianella)
2014-11-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What is the health status of Brandon Beachy and how does the Shelby Miller trade effect his 2015 season? Also how does it look for of Patrick Corbin and Tony Cingrani healthwise for 2015? Thanks for the chat, and all the knowledge, you pass along!
(Dragonbreath from Gurnee, IL.)
I haven't seen much recent new on the health statuses of Beachy and Medlen, but I wouldn't consider the acquisition of Miller as any sort of reflection on those. I'd imagine the Braves were more concerned with maximizing their return on Heyward a year away from his free agency. There is room for both Beachy and Medlen in the rotation if they are healthy. One thing to keep an eye out: I saw reports this morning that the Braves are courting Jon Lester, or at least having him in for a visit. It's hard to say if this will have any bearing on his decision, but I believe Lester lives in Georgia during the offseason.

I'd expect Cingrani to be ready to roll on Opening Day-whether it's as a starter remains to be seen-and Corbin to return around June. (Daniel Rathman)
2014-03-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)5x5 roto, 30 team dynasty: making a move into contention, I traded Nick Castellanos, Tony Cingrani & Eduardo Rodriguez for Adam Jones, Bronson Arroyo & Bartolo Colon. Thoughts? It turned out to be rather divisive on the league message boards. FWIW, Castellanos was blocked at 3B by Matt Carpenter and my OF is now potentially the best in the league (Harper, Jones & Billy Hamilton)
(birdzfan52 from Baltimore)
Seems like you dealt strength for weakness. Did you get perfect value? I'm not qualified to say ... That's a far deeper league than I've ever been in, so it's hard for me to know what the value of Colon, Arroyo, etc. carry. Craig Goldstein said it was fine though, so I'm inclined to trust him.

I think there's some shock value because you traded young for old (excepting Jones) but, speaking from my experiences, prospects get overvalued in keeper leagues. You're trying to win now, so you made a win-now trade. I get it. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-02-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Tony Cingrani gets criticized for using his fastball too much. Do you think that he can still succeed without developing a good off speed alternative?
(JimDog from Ontario)
Not a long-term believer in a one-pitch fastball pitcher, even though he creates insane deception. (Ronit Shah)
2014-02-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Despite the inherent costs of starting the arbitration clock earlier, shouldn't the immediate success of top NL fireballing pitching prospects last year like Gerrit Cole, Jose Fernandez, Shelby Miller, Michael Wacha and even lower ceiling guys like Tony Cingrani and Alex Wood made it more likely that Archie Bradley, Noah Syndergaard and maybe even guys like Matt Wisler and James Taillon come up to help their clubs as early as possible?
(Scott from LA)
Maybe, but remember everyone's developmental cycles are different. Kevin Gausman seemed like a good bet to succeed right out of the gates, instead he allowed more hits than innings pitched. So it's really a case-by-case thing.

Plus, with the exception of Jose Fernandez, all those pitchers were on quality teams. If I'm the Mets I'm not eager to cost myself more money later on for two months of a guy who, let's face it, isn't the difference between the postseason and the golf course. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Paul, please list a few pitchers that could have that Kris Medlen like run in the 2nd half. And maybe some bullpen arms that if they move into a starting role, could have real value in mixed leagues. Oh and hello Curtis!
(andtinez from Houston)
Franklin Morales (Rubby or Webster, too, but neither is currently in their pen) and Tony Cingrani (obv, but he fits the model now) are currently in pens. Guys who could just make a big run who aren't currently in a rotation: Erasmo Ramirez, Trevor Rosenthal (prob more 2014 if he's gonna be an SP again), Alex Colome, and Tim Stauffer. http://pauls.files.wordpress.com/2013/06/hiandrew.jpg (Paul Sporer)
2013-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Please tell me Tony Cingrani isn't getting sent down when Cueto comes back.
(Britt from Cincinnati)
That seems unlikely with the way he's pitching right now, but we'll see if he keeps it up and how Mike Leake does in the interim. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)Much has been made of the opinion that Tony Cingrani really only has one pitch, although it seems that some scouts believe he has a plus change-up. What is your opinion? Also, if it is true that he only has one plus pitch, how long can he stick in the rotation? Have there ever been any [good] MLB starting pitchers with one plus pitch [not including knuckleballers]?
(boneil33 from Boston)
Cingrani has a plus changeup by most accounts, giving him two plus offerings from the left side. (R.J. Anderson)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Expectations for Tony Cingrani and Didi Gregorius?
(Brandon from Smackdown Hotel)
Expectations for Cingrani have gotten way out of control due to his crazy minor league numbers, including his first few starts this year. I don't think he'll be a big strikeout guy at the major league level, he's getting them based on deception/angle, not on overwhelming stuff. Gregorius is an afterthought for fantasy, but is a good enough defender to be an above-average regular for a number of years. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)So Im hearing a lot of talk about Cingrani. How do you think he does this year?
(Anthony from Cali)
Hi Anthony. Yeah, I guess fanning 26 of the first 48 batters he faced at Louisville this year got some folks' attention. Tony Cingrani is good enough to pitch in the big leagues, but whether it's as a starter or a reliever, I'm not sure yet. (Geoff Young)
2013-04-15 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tony Cingrani this year's Mike Fiers - a guy who succeeds early based upon deception, despite lacking great stuff, until the league figures him out?
(Dusty Baker from Cincy)
Cingrani won't keep up his ridiculous pace, but he's a solid pitcher. Jason Parks ranked him no. 3 among Reds prospects entering the season. (Geoff Young)
2013-04-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)Please rank as long-term keepers: Jose Fernandez, Tony Cingrani, Jessie Biddle and Zach Lee. Thanks!
(TJ from Eagan, MN)
This is probably a question better suited for our prospect or fantasy crews, TJ, but I'll throw in my $0.02. I'd go Fernandez, Lee, Biddle, Cingrani with a sizable gap between Fernandez and the other three. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-03-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Mike Leake slide back into the Reds rotation now or is there someone else to what for?
(Tommy from Vermolusca)
Seems like that's the plan, though a potentially greater concern is that the Reds lack a proven sixth starter. Tony Cingrani and Daniel Corcino have upside, but I'm not sure either of them would be ready to approximate the performance the Reds are expecting from their other starters. (Daniel Rathman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Any of these guys worth a look in an NL only 4x4 standard league? Trevor Rosenthal, Tony Cingrani, Arodys Vizcaino, Christian Garcia, J.J. Hoover, or Sam Lecure.
(Johnny T from The Hills)
Rosenthal is definitely worth a $2-3 bid in NL-only. His stuff is legitimate and even if he's only a set-up man, his Ks mean that he could put up sneaky $10-12 value. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-25 11:00:00 (link to chat)Do you see Tony Cingrani in the back-end of a rotation or a bullpen? The reports I've seen of his stuff doesn't seem to equate with his accomplishments. I don't know what I'm looking at.
(Brian Dennehy from Jerkwater, USA)
I think he ends up in the pen, but has some impact potential (Jason Parks on the Top 101 Prospects)
2013-01-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thanks for the chat. Do you think the Aroldis Chapman experiment will work? He seemed to be too valuable closing out games. What are you thoughts on some sneaky good RP's like Tony Cingrani and J.J. Hoover in Cincinnati?
(Rockford from Flowmont)
A year ago I would've said no on Chapman starting because of his control woes. He seemed to improve on that aspect and if it sticks then I'd say he's got a chance. I haven't seen much of Cingrani-though he sounds like someone who could help now-but Hoover is a nice arm that got buried in Atlanta because others had higher ceilings. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-10-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Will Tony Cingrani be given a shot at making the Red's rotation coming out of 2013 spring training?
(Paul from DC)
Doubtful, with Arroyo, Latos, Leake, Cueto, and Bailey all under team control for next year. That rotation proved reliable this year (it started all but one of the Reds' games this year), so I'd expect Cingrani to work in middle relief next year with a chance at replacing Arroyo in 2014. (Bradley Ankrom)
2012-08-10 14:00:00 (link to chat)Prospect with the most risk based on mechanics,Daniel Corcino or Tony Cingrani?
(William from Pensacola, FL)
I wish I could give you a 2-paragraph diatribe on each of these guys, but unfortunately I have not yet had the pleasure of watching them pitch. With prospect mechanics, it is crucial to be open-minded about the past, present, and future - they can show widely disparate mechanical profiles month-to-month and even start-to-start, and they are often focusing on one element at a time during development. You often hear about a pitcher scrapping a particular pitch in order to work on his other offerings, and it can be a similar story with mechanics, where a pitcher is toying with (for example) his momentum during a game and trying to find the same timing pattern on all of his pitches. (Doug Thorburn)
2012-05-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Tony Cingrani continues to impress, even pitching in the Cal League. Most seem to see him as a reliever, but he is straight DEALING as a starter. Is his secondary stuff developing enough to stick as a starter, against all odds?
(Jay from Cincy)
You're in luck: Kevin wrote about Cingrani today in a piece at BP and ESPN. (If a minor leaguer is doing something interesting, it's usually safe to assume that Kevin is writing about him now or did write about him recently.) The consensus seems to be that he's now a prospect as a starting pitcher.

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2012-04-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)Has your opinion on Tony Cingrani changed at all? He's long been pigeonholed as a bullpen arm due to a lack of secondary stuff, but he is absolutely dominating as a starter (10.7 K/9, 5.6 K/BB) in the offense-friendly Cal League and a AA promotion can't be far off. Can he stick?
(Immanuel #Want from Prussia)
Just spoke to a scout about him. The arm strength is fantastic, and he's shoving it right now as a starter. But everything I hear is that he profiles better as a bullpen arm. I'd like to hold off until we can see how the breaking ball develops and if he can remain effective as a starter. Helium guy right now. (Jason Parks)


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