Re: Tony Cingrani - the next Zach Stewart or the next Cliff Lee?
I think he's simply the next guy in line. The Reds have a pitching staff that is 10 deep in winning caliber arms along with lots of filler for the 11th and 12th spots on the staff. If one of the top 10 goes down, I don't have much faith in one of the filler guys (Simon, Parra, Ondrusek, Arredondo, Hensley, Galarragga, Villareal, Partch, etc.) to move into one of those top 10 spots. Cingrani and Corcino are the choices to move into the rotation if one of those guys is sidelined and Cingrani in particular would be my choice for a key pen role if some one like Marshall, Broxton, Chapman or Hoover is sidelined.
Keeping those 10 pitching spots strong is what will allow this team to be a serious contender to win it all. I don't really see the big need to upgrade elsewhere. I let these guys keep pitching until they are needed. They probably will be. If some one like Bruce or Phillips is sidelined for an extended period, then it may become necessary to deal Corcino or Cingrani. Until then, those guys are fine developing and providing depth. Next year will bring a need. Arroyo is likely gone (or re-signed with Bailey or Leake dealt off).
I'm not sure yet if Cingrani will be a starter or a reliever long-term, but I'm fairly confident that he can be a key reliever at a minimum. We cast that aside too easily. I keep hearing that having a good bullpen is important but individual relievers don't matter much. I'm pretty sure that good individual relievers are necessary to have a good bullpen. Contrary to the popular belief, they aren't just easily acquired because we want one. The pen pitches about one third of the team's innings, many times with the game on the line. I want a good pen and good pens are made of good pitchers. If Cingrani ends up there, it won't be a falure that will have us regretting not dealing him off IMO. It will be a successful draft pick that helps the team win.
"All I can tell them is pick a good one and sock it." --BABE RUTH
Having better players makes "the right time" or "the big hit" happen a lot more often. PLUS PLUS
Last edited by mth123; 04-06-2013 at 05:06 AM.