Originally Posted by Scrap Irony
I'd argue that dominance in multiple leagues-- complete, utter, shut-you-down, number one pitcher in the league dominance-- presages success at a much, much, much higher rate than do scouting reports.
Cingrani's numbers are sick. He's been the most successful (re: best) pitcher in each league he's pitched. Two of those leagues-- Pioneer and California-- are notorious hitter's havens. Yet, Cingrani shut down offenses completely.
If he were only doing it for one or two innings, then getting lit up, I might agree that he's a likely reliever. If he only dominated in the Pioneer League, I might agree that he was a little old for the league.
But he's in AA now (after having skipped Dayton and breezed through A+) and has shown no signs of slowing down.
I am not trying to devalue him just pointing out that there are no definites, especially when it comes to pitching prospects.
I love what Tony is doing and hope he can have enough control/command of 3 pitches to become a great major league pitcher for the Reds.