Originally Posted by REDREAD
Ok.. so what do you see his upside as?
I am just curious.. Do you think he might be #4 due to flaws in him, or is it just because you think Stephenson and 2 other pitchers are truly exceptional.
IMO, Cingrani is the clear #2 pitching prospect at this point. That could change this season, but that's where I have him now. Although I think his floor (decent lefty reliever) is a nice "Win" for the farm system any time you can produce a guy like that.
I'm just wondering.. there was some gnashing of teeth when the Reds traded Donnie Joseph, and it seems like Cingrani is clearly a superior prospect to him.
Anyhow, to the point.. where to you envision Cingrani being eventually?
I have him at #4 because I don't see a reason to doubt, at least from a pitches standpoint, that the other three aren't starters. I don't think Cingrani can start without improving his slider. Upside, he can be a #2 pitcher. Solid to good fastball velocity, good deception and outstanding ability to locate it. Real good change up. If he can get his slider to an average pitch (which is still a ways from what it is right now), he can be a heck of a starter. If the slider doesn't develop, he is probably a 7th inning reliever profile type, perhaps an 8th inning guy.