Originally written on Reds Minor Leagues  |  Last updated 11/17/14
Tony Cingrani came into the 2012 season as a much talked about and divisive in both fan and scouting circles.  He had come off one of the most impressive statistical debuts that the Pioneer League has seen in the last 25 years. The Reds took the domination of the Pioneer League as a sign that Cingrani was ready to head directly to High-A ball and the California League. In his first start of the year he took the mound for the Bakersfield Blaze and fired 6 shutout innings with a walk and 5 strikeouts while allowing just one hit. That was a sign of things to come for April as Cingrani finished the month with 23 innings pitched, just 9 hits allowed, 5 walks and 28 strikeouts to go along with a 0.39 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP. When May rolled around Cingrani went into a relative slump compared to April with a 1.60 ERA in 33.2 innings. He allowed just one earned run in four of his six starts in the month. In his other two starts he allowed 2 runs and 0 runs. On the 18th against the Padres affili...
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