Re: Tony Cingrani
Good question. I personally gravitate towards him becoming a starter, but primarily because he is left-handed and the Reds as a staff are a little lacking in that department.
During college, he was a so-so starter at Rice, but an exceptional closer for them. There was a lot of conversation about him assuming a bullpen role when he got called up towards the end of the year this season. I tend to believe that was a temporary assignment of sorts to get his feet wet at the major league level, though.
He really was a sensational starter this year. In fact, he took a no-no bid into the seventh inning of a game in late June. Posted a 1.73 ERA including a 172/58 strikeout-to-walk ratio over two levels of play. For my money, his meteoric rise has put him at the top of the Reds pitching prospect list and I think his value is just too high to relegate him to a bullpen role.
Ultimately, I think a lot of it hinges on what the plan for Chapman is going forward. If he moves to the rotation, then I'd say all bets are off for Cingrani's future.