Originally Posted by dougdirt
Not once did I hear a single report that he was throwing a breaking ball in the mid 70's.
Then you weren't paying attention.
From an interview with Cingrani last season on milb.com
, about his slider:
Purpose: I try to throw it as an out-pitch to righties and to lefties, and I usually don't throw an 0-0 slider to a righty; I try to throw it to lefties, but the command is just not there. I usually don't get too many strikes with it. I am trying to build it back up in bullpens and on my side days and hopefully it'll get there.
Improvement: After striking out nine over six shutout innings to earn his first Double-A win on Friday, Cingrani relayed to MiLB.com's Robert Emrich helpful slider-related advice he received from Pensacola's pitching coach. "[Tom] Brown said one phrase to me and it made my slider start working how it's supposed to work," Cingrani said. "'Come across my face when I throw it.' It was crazy. I've never had command of my slider and today, I didn't throw it in the zone for a strike, but it had the action. It was a good two-strike pitch."
Grip: My index and middle fingers aren't together when I hold it. I try to get on top of the ball and pull down.
Speed: Anywhere from 78 to 82. I try to get it up to about 84, but I am still working on it.