Originally Posted by camisadelgolf
One point that I don't see brought up enough is that it makes a huge difference when hitters get to see pitchers multiple times. Cingrani hasn't spent more than a few months at the same level. Meanwhile, there have been tons of pitchers who have dominated leagues for a while only to practically become non-prospects due to scouting reports getting around and hitters becoming familiar with the pitchers' stuff.
While I agree that there have been a few pitchers who have dominated a league or two, then struggled later to find any consistency, I'd argue that Cingrani's dominated every league he's been in as a professional. He was the best pitcher in the Pioneer League-- a hitter's league. He was the best pitcher in Bakersfield-- a hitter's league. He's been among the best pitchers in the Southern League.
Three leagues he's pitched in. Three dominant performances.
His professional ERA has never been above 2.95 in any league he's pitched. His career ERA is under 1.50.
I'd love to see the list of starters with career minor league numbers under 1.50 in three leagues that haven't made an impact as a major leaguer.
I don't think there are very many of those. If any.
Maybe I'm wrong, though. I certainly don't know for certain. But, yeah, I'd love to see that list.