by: Jon Davis
#3 Tony Cingrani LHP
Next on the list is another starting pitcher selected in the 2011 Draft -- third-round selection Tony Cingrani. This big lefty, standing 6'4" 200 lbs, was a closer at Rice, but since being drafted has made a seamless transition to the rotation. In two years, he has compiled excellent stats across three levels. In 2011, pitching for Billings, he had a 1.75 ERA in 51.1 IP with 80 K's and only 6 walks leading to a dazzling 0.79 WHIP. In 2012, he duplicated his success starting the year in Bakersfield and finishing it getting a "cup of coffee" with the Reds. Between the two minor league stops he made he posted a 1.73 ERA & 1.02 WHIP in 146 IP with 172 K's. If that wasn't enough, he appeared in three games out of the Reds bullpen, striking out nine in five innings, showing what many believe to be his eventual landing spot.
Now, Cingrani's stuff profiles as a small step down from Robert Stephenson's, in my eyes. First, Cin...