Originally Posted by REDREAD
I'm just going off impressions. It just seems that Cingrani is a lot more favorably thought of now than he was before the season started.
As far as I know, he hasn't made that much more progress on his secondary pitches (Maybe I'm wrong). Before the season started, he was clearly pegged below Corcino.. Now Cingrani is arguably the Reds #1 or #2 pitching prospect and is being labeled as a "potential #3 starter".. I guess I never heard an expert say that until now.. Before the season, the reports were "one trick pony, blah. Maybe a bullpenner".. Maybe the consensus hasn't changed that much.. His heavy reliance on the FB and lack of a legit breaking ball is a legit concern.
Maybe it wasn't his 5 IP at the MLB level that changed the experts' opinion.. I can't read people's mind, but it seems like his stock has shot way up over the last 8 months. I am going to assume the Reds still envision him as a potential SP, since that's the role they've always had him in the minors.
Before the season he only had rookie ball to rely on. Now he has shown that his fastball/change up/slider is at least good enough to get by in AA and also that he can throw 150 innings in a season, a good barrier to get to without issue (he topped out around 80IP in JUCO). His stock clearly rose, though I am not sure his stuff did any improvement. We just saw that his current stuff was good enough to get by in AA quite well. I don't think there is any argument that he is the #1 pitching prospect. Everyone I have talked to has that as Stephenson. Where he falls between #2 and #4 is up for debate though.