Originally Posted by Steve4192
Of course, that presumes he doesn't stick in the rotation, which is hardly a foregone conclusion.
I'd say that Cingrani has at least as much of a chance of remaining a starter as Didi does of hitting enough to hold down a full-time job. If they both hit their ceiling (Cingrani as a mid-rotation starter and Didi as an defense-first starting SS), I'd take Cingrani. If they both hit their floor (Cingrani as a quality LH reliever and Didi as a bench glove), I'd still take Cingrani. The only way I'd take Didi over Cingrani is if Didi hits his ceiling while Cingrani craps out.
I agree with most of what you said. In the end, I feel slightly more confident that Didi Gregorius can OPS .675 in the Major Leagues than I do that Cingrani can improve his slider enough to become a starter in the Majors. Ceiling wise, Cingrani probably has a slight edge, but I don't think it is nearly as much as you think. Didi's ceiling is a gold glove caliber shortstop who can hit .280/.345/.400. That is a 4-5 win player. What is Cingrani's ceiling? 200 innings, 3.50 ERA? Maybe a tad better? Is that a 4-5 win player? Mat Latos was that guy last year and he wasn't a 4-5 win player.
Now, I doubt either player reaches their ceiling. Most guys don't. I feel better about Cingrani reaching his than Gregorius reaching his. But, it isn't by a whole lot either. I know that I am the highest around here on Gregorius when it comes to his bat. I am ok with that.