Baseball America released the first Prospect Hot Sheet of the year on Friday afternoon. Tony Cingrani came in on top of the list, which shouldn’t be much of a surprise given his 0.00 ERA, 21 strikeouts and 2 walks in 13 innings to begin the year. It even gets a little bit into the whole “slider” issue when it said this:
Cingrani has improved his slider a bit this year, and more and more it’s looking like he could be a big league starter, although his fallback position as a power reliever is an even safer bet.
JJ Cooper, the writer who covers the Reds for Baseball America and I had this conversation via Twitter shortly after the hot sheet came out, because as I noted after his first start, to me it looked like he was throwing a curveball.
Me to JJ: I saw two different sliders last year from Cingrani. Both had downward action, the loopy and harder ones, but both were 77-82. No sweep. Cingrani’s breaking ball this year is 71-76 this year, sweeps across the zone as well. Didn’t see that...