There was once a time in the Cincinnati Reds organization when quality arms were few and far between. That time was pretty recent actually, and there wasn't much in the proverbial cupboard by way of pitching. Fortunately, that's all changed now thanks to great drafts, great signings and outstanding scouting. The Reds have stock-piled talented pitchers from top-to-bottom and there's one in particular that's rising fast through the ranks: LHP Tony Cingrani.
He was recently promoted from Single-A Bakersfield to Double-A Pensacola and looks to be on the fast track to the major leagues. He was recently featured in this ESPN Insider article as one of ten prospects experiencing meteoric rises to the big show. Here's the excerpt on Cingrani:
Tony Cingrani, LHP, Cincinnati Reds
Only hitters are supposed to dominate in the California League, but Cingrani went against the grain by putting up a 1.11 ERA in 10 starts for high-A Bakersfield, with 71 strikeouts in 56 2/3 innings. A third-round pick last June as a senior out of Rice, scouts wondered how well Cingrani's arsenal would work at the upper levels. His fastball and changeup are both plus pitches, but his slider is well below average. He's been good, but not nearly as dominant in four starts at Double-A Pensacola; a majority of talent evaluators believe he could be in the big leagues next year with a move to the bullpen.