2012 Reds

Reds to call up Tony Cingrani

I’m really pretty surprised by this:

Left-hander Tony Cingrani will be called up from Double-A Pensacola on Tuesday.

Cingrani, 23, was the club’s third-round pick in the 2011 draft. Cingrani went a combined 10-4 with a 1.73 ERA at Single-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola. He struck out 172 and walked 52 in 146 innings. He limited hitters to .191 average.

I really never guessed that the Reds would actually call up Cingrani, but I think it’s a great idea. This will give Cingrani a chance to face major league hitters — out of the bullpen mainly, but don’t be surprised to see him get a spot start after the Reds clinch — and get his feet wet. More importantly (to me), it will give us a chance to get our eyes on this guy and see what all the fuss is about.

Best case scenario is that Cingrani makes a surprise push for the 2013 Reds rotation. More likely, he’ll get a little experience this year and the Reds will be more comfortable with him as a starter later in the year (next year) when they need one.

Kudos to GM Walt Jocketty; as Keith Law noted, this is out-of-the-box thinking, but there’s very little downside.

12 thoughts on “Reds to call up Tony Cingrani

  1. This is so out of character, it seems, for the ultra-conservative Reds. But if you look around baseball, there are a lot of youngsters who have brief minor league careers who are being called up to MLB…and are succeeding. Of course, Price from a few years ago. But after Trout, Harper, Machado, the entire DBacks staff, etc….I like it.

    • (Copied from what I wrote in another thread) – Wednesday is indeed Leake’s spot in the rotation, he’s pitched well (4 ER in 12.2 innings) over his past two starts but, prior to that, he got beat up by the Phillies – he gave up 7 runs and 10 hits in 4.2 innings against Philadelphia on August 20th. I haven’t heard anything about an injury to Leake or any other starter.

      Moving on to speculation, the Reds just promoted top prospect and lefty Tony Cingrani… maybe a LHP will be a last minute secret weapon against Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Domonic Brown, and Jimmy Rollins. Unlikely, but a possible explanation.

      This is so out of character, it seems, for the ultra-conservative Reds.But if you look around baseball, there are a lot of youngsters who have brief minor league careers who are being called up to MLB…and are succeeding.Of course, Price from a few years ago.But after Trout, Harper, Machado, the entire DBacks staff, etc….I like it.

      You know, Mike Leake is the guy who went right from going drafted to entering the Reds’ rotation. Tony Cingrani at least spent a full season in the minors first. I don’t think this is out of character or shows a change, it just demonstrates again that they’re willing to consider a players when they think they’re ready.

      Since the current 40 man roster is full, someone will have to be cut from the 40 man roster.Since Valaika did not receive an invite after the roster expansion, I have to believe he has missed his opportunity and will be the odd man out.I hope this signals the end of beating the bushes for marginal or washed-up veterans to fill out the ML roster or stock at AAA for emergencies.The Reds no longer need to seek outside veteran leadship for the ML roster just for the sake of obtaining veteran leadership.The ML roster now has a solid core of veteran leadership.If Uncle walt needs to look outside the organization now, hopefully he is focusing on talent.

      I don’t think promoting Tony Cingrani signalizes an end to the need for veteran leadership.

      Scouts seem uncertain about whether Cingrani’s future is as a starter or reliever. Like with Aroldis Chapman it will be interesting to see how his career is allowed to unfold.

  2. Yep, I love this as well. Hopefully they look at this kid as an answer for when Arroyo is done (although I personally think Arroyo can pitch effectively for about another 5 years, but the Reds brass might not agree with me…)

    Between him, Corcino and Stephenson, the Reds look pretty well taken care of for future pitching needs. And it’s not like the pitchers on their current staff are a bunch of geezers, either.

  3. Hoping this is our rotation in 2014:

    Cueto
    Chapman
    Latos
    Cingrani
    Corcino/Stephenson/Lotzkar

    Trade Bailey for help wherever it’s needed at that time (LF, probably) and put Leake in the ‘pen/long relief/spot starter.

    Of course, a lot can change between now and then, and all those guys might not pan out, but still, the potential is there.

  4. Since the current 40 man roster is full, someone will have to be cut from the 40 man roster. Since Valaika did not receive an invite after the roster expansion, I have to believe he has missed his opportunity and will be the odd man out. I hope this signals the end of beating the bushes for marginal or washed-up veterans to fill out the ML roster or stock at AAA for emergencies. The Reds no longer need to seek outside veteran leadship for the ML roster just for the sake of obtaining veteran leadership. The ML roster now has a solid core of veteran leadership. If Uncle walt needs to look outside the organization now, hopefully he is focusing on talent.

  5. Cingrani is rated to have a plus fastball (at ~95 MPH) and plus command.

    This is just the sort of guy who could come up big as a LOOGY in the playoffs. I’m sure they will probably get him some looks over the month and then decide.

    And yes, he is potentially playoff eligible. Since he was in the Reds org prior to 1 Sept, he could be subbed in for one of the DL guys (Bray is obvious as a one for one replacement)

  6. The Reds Haven’t announced their starter yet for Wednesday. It’s Leake’s turn in the rotation.

    Could Cingrani be starting and that’s why it’s not been announced yet?

    Things that make you go Hmm.

  7. @OhioJim: Right. Bray got battered the other day and is still hurting. Looks like 2012 is over for him. Definitely over for Masset.

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