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Pretty sure he'll make the playoff roster as a second lefty out of the pen. Fastball is excellent -- deceptive and he spots it well. As they say, a well-located fastball is the best pitch in the game. Once he refines that changeup a little and figures out where to throw a show-me slider every now and then, he's good to go as a starter in the bigs. At the very least, he'll be an effective late-inning reliever. He looked loose and unafraid, another plus.
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With that said, he can pinpoint his fastball where he wants and he can get some really good movement on it as well as it being very deceptive because of his mechanics. It isn't overly fast, but it is a really good pitch.
I was there today and I liked what I saw, which was a smooth delivery that I think bodes well for his future, especially after he improves his other pitches. He didn't have that delivery that left me thinking there's an injury just waiting to happen. I've been wrong before on that count, but that was just my first impression.
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If they keep Chapman in the pen, which I hope they don't, but maybe he can replace Arroyo in 2014?
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If Cingrani could compete to a tune of a 4.50 or less e.r.a. in the Bigs, he's a cheaper option than Bailey. But I'm thinking he spends a full year in triple A next season honing his secondary pitches. He and Corcino.
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Cingrani's mechanics are much like my son's. Nice easy and flowing with a deceptive moving fastball. Matt, my son, has a little higher leg kick and is a little more over the top than Cingrani. You never know with lefties. They sometimes develop a little later and there is always a high demand. I liked what I saw in Cingrani, but he is probably still at least a season away.
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From where I was sitting it's hard to get too much of a feel for his breaking stuff but his fastball had some decent life on it, and for a lefty his velocity should be fine, IMO.
Greg Maddux worked with a 89-90 mph fastball in his prime so a fastball does not need to be 100 to be a weapon if you can control it and you have the other tools to keep a batter off balance. It sounds as if Cingrani has the control with the FB but is lacking in the other areas at this point. Arroyo is another example of someone who can be successful at 89 mph. Hopefully Cingrani can develop the other pitches to be successful at the MLB level.