Re: Tony Cingrani: Thoughts?
Thanks for the new thread. Much needed IMO.
Cingrani went 3 innings, didn't walk anyone, struck out 5 and gave up one run on a HR to Tyler Greene (a RH Hitter). He threw 50 pitches, 34 for strikes. 45 of his 50 pitches were four seam fastballs with 1 two seamer, he threw 1 slider and 3 change-ups with one of the change-ups being the HR pitch. His fastball was generally 90 to 92 with one at 94 and a couple at 93 both thrown in his first inning of work. He threw 8 fastballs below 90 MPH with the slowest at 86. His changes were 85, 85 and 86 MHP with one of the 85s going for the HR. His slider was 79 MPH and was called a ball.
I came away a bit underwhelmed honestly. Based on his minor league numbers I expected "nastier" stuff. After his first inning the below 90 MH FBs started showing up and the 93s and 94s disappeared. His change didn't have much change from his FB speed and doesn't seem like a good pitch at the moment. One resulted in a GO, one a swinging strike and the other a HR. I can't comment on movement much, but based on his velocities, I don't think he'll be successful in any role once the league gets a read on him. In general I agree his best chance may be as a mid-rotation starter if he can get the change and slider working. I'd say he needs more time developping and wonder why Walt felt compelled to add him to the 40 man roster before he needed to. I guess being a lefty has lots of benefits for a pitcher (or a hitter for that matter).
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