Tony Cingrani started the 2013 season in about as dominant a manner as possible.
Making his Triple-A debut, not only did the Reds lefthander have a perfect game going through five innings, he also struck out 13 of the first 15 hitters he faced in doing so. Cingrani, 23, walked the leadoff hitter in the sixth inning, then left the game after six scoreless, no-hit innings. He threw 55 of his 82 pitches strikes and struck out 14 of the 19 batters he faced, good for a nifty 74 percent strikeout rate.
Cingrani, Cincinnati’s No. 3 prospect, made three appearances for the Reds in the big leagues last year. It might not be long until he’s back up there in a starting role.