Re: Minor-League Player of the Day
Tuesday, 4-9: Tony Cingrani, Louisville. Well, it seems like the top of the rotation is set for MiLPOD. Cingrani's second start wasn't quite as scintillating as his first, but his line (in the Bats' 4-0 victory) will certainly do nicely: 6.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 7 K. He threw 102 pitches, 62 strikes. Haven't seen a report on his breaking ball, which seemed improved in the opener, but his fastball was clocked as high as 97--which is unusually fast for him (and may be inflated by 2-3 MPH). For his two starts, Cingrani is now: 12.1 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 21 K. I, for one, am not unhappy with that.
A shout-out also for Robert Stephenson. His start for Dayton: 5 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 9 K.
"Give me the mace and I'll drive the pumpkin down Whitey Ford's throat." -- Ping Bodie, when asked in 1960 whether he could have hit contemporary pitchers.