Cingrani Zips To Big Leagues For Reds
CINCINNATI — Lefthander Tony Cingrani's first full season in professional baseball began in Class A and ended in the major leagues in the middle of a pennant race.
"I don't think you could ask for much more than that," he said.
Cingrani was the final callup for the Reds in September. The club had to add him to the 40-man roster in order to make the move.
"I was pretty surprised to get the call in my first full season," Cingrani said. "It's been a little unbelievable, but I've been working and it's paid off."
In his big league debut, he went three innings and allowed one run. He struck out five. He was the first Red to strike out five in relief in his debut since Angel Torres in 1977. In his second outing, Cingrani struck out the side around a walk in his one inning of work.
He was under consideration to make the playoff roster.
Cingrani, 23, was the Reds' third-round pick out of Rice in 2011. After starting his first three years for the Owls, he closed his senior year, but the Reds moved him back to starting.
He went 3-2, 1.75 in 2011 for Rookie-level Billings. He struck out 80 and walked only six over 51 innings. The Reds had him skip past low Class A Dayton to open this season, and he went 5-1, 1.11 for high Class A Bakersfield before a promotion to Double-A Pensacola.
Cingrani said the adjustment was not a huge one.
"There were a couple of bigger hitters," he said. "Nothing too radical."
He went 5-3, 2.12 in Pensacola. For the year, he struck out 172 and walked 52 in 146 innings.
The key to success? "I've been going at people," he said. "That's basically it. I'm throwing the fastball for strikes, getting the others over when I need them."
Cingrani's fastball is in the low 90s. He also throws a changeup and slider. He was put in the bullpen since his callup.
"I'm fine with whatever," Cingrani said. "It's 60 feet, 6 inches. Whatever role they want to put me is great."
• The Reds renewed their player-development agreement with high Class A Bakersfield through the 2014 season. Bakersfield was the only Reds affiliate to make the playoffs this season and has been with the organization since 2011.
• Triple-A Louisville finished 66-78 in the International League under first-year manager David Bell. It was the Bats' first losing season since 2005.