Cincinnati Reds pitcher Tony Cingrani takes the mound Wednesday night for Opening Night at GABP. Cingrani has taken over the number two spot in the rotation until Mat Latos returns from his season opening stint on the disabled list.
Now that Cingrani will be a full time member of the Reds this season having replaced the departed Bronson Arroyo it is time we all learn a little bit more about the young Cingrani.
Cingrani was born July 5th, 1989 in Evergreen Park, Illinois. The twenty four year old bats and throws left handed. Cingrani attended high school baseball at Lincoln-Way Central High School. From high school he went on to play at a junior college at South Suburban College before ending up at Rice University in Texas.
After an up and down career at Rice University where he went from being a starter to a reliever the Cincinnati Reds drafted Cingrani in the third round of the 2011 MLB Draft with the 114th selection.
Once Cingrani got into the Reds farm system the young left hander started to flourish. The Reds first sent Cingrani to Billings, Montana to pitch for the Mustangs. With 13 starts in the 2011 season Cingrani posted a 1.75 ERA and was promoted to Single A Bakersfield.
While pitching for the Bakersfield Blaze Cingrani was promoted midseason to Double A Pensacola to pitch for the Blue Wahoos. Cingrani led the minor leagues with a 1.73 ERA.
In September 2012 the Cincinnati Reds called up Cingrani for the post season roster. With a few impressive outings the fans took notice and so did the ball club.
When Johnny Cueto was injured in 2013 the Reds called back up Cingrani. Once Cueto cam off the DL the Reds sent Cingrani to Arizona for the Arizona League Reds, while there Cingrani did not pitchy, he was recalled to Cincinnati on July 28th.
His career numbers are solid, without a full season under his belt it is hard to tell how he will perform in the future. His careers statistics read as follows 7-4, 2.87 ERA and 129 strikeouts. Cingrani also bats .250 in his 28 at bats in the 2013 season.
Now that you know a little more about Tony Cingrani come out to the ballpark tonight for Opening Night.