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Reds calling up top prospect Tony Cingrani

Apr 17, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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Cincinnati announced that stud pitching prospect Tony Cingrani will be called up from Triple-A to replace the injured Johnny Cueto in the rotation beginning Thursday against the Marlins.

Cingrani made his MLB debut with three relief appearances last September and the 23-year-old left-hander ranked among the top 100 prospects by both Baseball America and heading into this season.

He was off to an incredible start at Triple-A, throwing 14.1 shutout innings with a 26/2 K/BB ratio while allowing just three hits, and now Cingrani gets to face another Triple-A-caliber lineup for his first big-league start. Cueto is expected to miss at least 3-4 starts with a strained lat muscle.

  1. chacochicken - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:41 PM

    What do you say, Dusty? How about 130 pitches? He’s young and strong.

    • rocketsteadman - Apr 17, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      As a Cubs fan, part of me wants to chuckle at this while the other part wants to give a sad sigh…

  2. thomas844 - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    Excited to see what this kid’s got. His first starts will be against the Marlins and Cubs, so it seems like he is being eased into the majors.

    • jimtron11 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:43 PM

      It’s just a coincidence. He’s taking the rotation spot of an injured Johnny Cueto (15 Day DL, Strained Lat). But yeah, it’s awfully fortuitous for Cingrani to be matched up against a pair of bottom-four scoring offenses for his first two ML starts.

  3. 13arod - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    call up billy hamiltion

    • jm91rs - Apr 17, 2013 at 4:43 PM

      Why? So he can rot on the bench next to Mesoraco?

      • tuberippin - Apr 17, 2013 at 9:19 PM

        I become more certain with each post by 13arod that the dude hardly watches baseball.

    • heraldedprophet - Apr 18, 2013 at 10:27 AM

      Yeah so he pitch for Cueto….

  4. jimtron11 - Apr 17, 2013 at 6:37 PM

    Cingrani led the minor leagues (and professional baseball, for that matter) in ERA among starting pitchers last season and he’s had double digit K/9 rates during every professional stop, so it’s not like he’s come out of nowhere. What’s more; he’s reportedly featured improved off-speed stuff in 2013. It’s a different era; pitchers with middling repertoires like Bartolo Colon, Scott Diamond and Barry Zito are having great deals of success. Cingrani has better stuff than all three of those guys. I’m surprised folks aren’t a bit more jazzed about Cingrani’s prospects.

  5. contraryguy - Apr 18, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    It’s time. Johnny Cueto has left the building, folks. You have the rest of the rotation showing up as iron men (even Mr Leake, who flashed the bat and a good pitching start tonight) and now it’s time for a lefty, a true starter. I know my fellow Reds fans want Chappy to start, but that’s not his gig people. Tony is in the house and he is ready.

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