Down on the Farm

Down on the Farm – Opening Day

Games Played on 04/4/13

Minor League Player of the Day: Can there be any doubt? 23 year old, Louisville LHP, Tony Cingrani, who in his AAA debut, threw 6 no hit / no run innings, striking out 14. Wow!

AAA

Louisville 4- Toledo 3

The story of the Bats season opener is LHP Tony Cingrani. In his AAA debut, he threw 6 no hit innings, walking 1 and striking out 14. He threw 55 strikes in 84 pitches. Justin Freeman followed him with 2 scoreless, 1 hit innings. Kevin Whelan gave up 3 unearned runs (on two hits) in the 9th, but got the win when the Bats scored the game winner in the bottom of the inning.

Mike Hessman hit two homers for the Bats and Felix Perez hit the game winner in the 9th.

AA

Pensacola 7 – Tennessee 3

Redleg Nation Spotlight Player, Tucker Barnhart, went 2-4 with a homer. Brodie Greene went 2-3 with a walk. Bryson Smith, Donald Lutz, and Travis Mattair all homered for the Blue Wahoos.

Chad Rogers got the start and the win, throwing 5 innings of two run baseball. Yohan Pino followed him with two hitless innings. Curtis Partch threw a scoreless 9th, striking out 2.

High A

Stockton 6 – Bakersfield 2

Not much to celebrate for the Blaze on Opening Night. Ryan Wright had 2 hits, including a double.

Tanner Robles struggled in his first start, giving up 4 runs on 5 hits and 3 walks in 3 innings. He did strike out 5, but gave up two homers. Mike Dennhardt threw two scoreless innings.

Low A

West Michigan 7 – Dayton 6 10 innings

The Dragons fought back from 3 run deficits twice, only to lost in 10. 2B Robert Ramirez went 2-4 with a walk, and Junior Arias homered.

Former #1 pick Robert Stephenson threw 5 innings, giving up 3 runs on 6 hits, but walked only 1 and struck out 6. Tony Amezcua had a rough Dragons debut, giving up 3 runs on 2 hits and 2 walks without retiring a batter. Wes Mugarian saved it from being worse, but coming in and getting a DP and then a strikeout. He also threw another perfect inning, striking out 2 more. Alejandro Chacin threw two scoreless/hitless innings, but did walk 2 while striking out 2.

10 thoughts on “Down on the Farm – Opening Day

  1. So far it sure looks like Tony Cingrani is ready for a promotion if the Reds need another starter. He’s always exceeded everybody’s expectations – what a great way to start off a season.

  2. Cingrani just made it a bit easier for WJ to go out and do something about getting a good LF, or even a CF and move Choo to LF.

  3. I was at the Louisville game and Cigrani was very impressive all around. He was sitting at 92-93 and touched 95 at least once. He honestly looked like he was far more advanced than anyone he faced (looked like Cole Hamels facing AAA batters, IMO). His breaking stuff looked great, and it was an oddity when their batters actually fouled one off. Other than the guy he walked on 5 pitches, he was pounding the zone, getting ahead, and flat out overpowering all of them. Very impressive.

  4. According to Cingrani himself, “I was just using the fastball, locating it — I didn’t have to go to anything else. There were some changeups and sliders, but mostly just the fastball.” Cingrani does an excellent job of hiding the baseball during his delivery, thereby making his 92-93 mph fastball more impressive and more difficult. Until he can rely on his slider, changeup &/or curve, he will not be major-league ready as a starter. I certainly hope he can add some plus pitches to his fastball and continue as a starter, but a LH reliever with his stuff ain’t too shabby. Even without any injuries to the major league starters, the Reds are going to need some additional starting pitching very soon.

  5. I saw Cingrani pitch last year at GASP and he looked terrific. I do agree that another off-speed pitch is crucial though. I cannot remember when we had this much starting pitching. Now send Soto to work with Cingrani on his change-up and we have another stud to roll out every five days

  6. Cingrani is really putting the old adage “a well placed fastball is still the best pitch in baseball” to work. He’s going to be fun to watch. Hopefully the Reds don’t need him this year, but I’d like to see him put some pressure on them to call him up anyway.

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