Originally written April 25, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
Here are some predictions, analysis, and lame jokes about some of MLB’s new facesTony Cingrani, SP, CINCingrani is one of my favorite rookies for this season. Now before you go doing backflips down the hallway about this comparison, read everything first. He and Chris Sale have followed a similar career path to date. Both have serious strikeout stuff, with the ability to mow down about a batter an inning.In 2011 both pitchers were relegated to bullpen work, Sale with the White Sox throwing only 71 IP, and Cingrani at Rice throwing only 57 IP plus a few more after being drafted. Both saw their workload increase significantly after being converted to starters last season. Quite frankly, I love Cingrani and think he can put up 80% of what Sale did last season. However, he will probably have a higher WHIP due to his control not being quite where Sale’s was last year.Here are a few things to keep in mind before going to get Cingrani:He pitches in Cincinnati, he might give up some homers ...
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