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Tony Cingrani

Tony Cingrani
Cingrani with the Cincinnati Reds
Cincinnati Reds – No. 52
Born: (1989-07-05) July 5, 1989
Evergreen Park, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Left
MLB debut
September 9, 2012 for the Cincinnati Reds
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Win–loss record 9–12
Earned run average 3.49
Strikeouts 190

Anthony Michael "Tony" Cingrani (born July 5, 1989) is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds of Major League Baseball. Prior to playing professionally, he played for his high school baseball team at Lincoln-Way Central High School and for the college baseball teams at South Suburban College and Rice University.


Cingrani attended Lincoln-Way Central High School in New Lenox, Illinois.[1] After graduating, he enrolled at South Suburban College, a junior college in South Holland, Illinois, before transferring to Rice University, where he played for the Rice Owls baseball team.[2][3] In his junior year, his first at Rice, Cingrani struggled as a starting pitcher,[2] pitching to an 8.59 earned run average (ERA) in six games started, issuing 16 walks and striking out only 13. After the season, he asked the coaches if they wanted him off the team due to his poor performance, but they told him they thought he could make progress.[4]

Cingrani worked with Rice's coaches to change his mechanics during the offseason, which resulted in improved fastball velocity: from 86 miles per hour (138 km/h) before the changes to 90 to 94 miles per hour (145–151 km/h) after. However, he did not make the Owls' starting rotation due to the inconsistency of his off-speed pitches.[4] Converted into a relief pitcher for his senior season, Cingrani tied the school record with 12 saves. He also had a 4–2 win–loss record, a 1.74 ERA and struck out 66 batters while walking only 10 in 57 innings pitched.[5]

The Cincinnati Reds drafted Cingrani in the third round, with the 114th selection, of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.[2][5] He began his professional career with the Billings Mustangs of the Rookie-level Pioneer League, pitching in their starting rotation.[6][7] He posted a 1.75 ERA in 13 games started.[8]

Cingrani began the 2012 season with the Bakersfield Blaze of the Class A-Advanced California League, and received a mid-season promotion to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the Class AA Southern League. He led all of minor league baseball with a 1.73 ERA.[9] The Reds promoted Cingrani to the major leagues on September 4, 2012.[10] He made his major league debut on September 9, throwing three innings in relief.[11]

After starter Johnny Cueto was placed on the disabled list, Cingrani was called up by the Reds on April 18, 2013 to take the starting rotation spot for Cueto until Cueto was reactivated.[12] In July, Cingrani bounced between the rosters of the Cincinnati Reds and the Arizona League Reds. He was optioned to the AZL Reds on July 17, recalled on July 23, optioned on July 24, and recalled on July 28. He did not appear in any games for the AZL Reds during this period.[13]

See also


  1. ^ Suburban Chicago Newspapers – Search Results
  2. ^ a b c "After role change, Cingrani finds way to Reds". 2012-06-19. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  3. ^ "Rice Notebook: Owls ranked fifth by Baseball America – Houston Chronicle". 2010-01-28. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  4. ^ a b "Rice's Cingrani penning quite the revival – Houston Chronicle". 2011-05-19. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  5. ^ a b "Reds take Rice reliever Cingrani in third round – Houston Chronicle". 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  6. ^ Rachac, Greg (2011-07-28). "PIO notes: Cingrani looking smooth | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  7. ^ Emrich, Robert (2011-08-28). "Cingrani unhittable for Mustangs | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  8. ^ Marshall, Ashley (2011-10-26). "Cingrani made transitions look easy | News | The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  9. ^ 01/08/13 at 3:02pm by John Fay   Comments. "Baseball America's Top 10 | Cincinnati Reds". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  10. ^ 09/02/12 at 3:38pm by John Fay   Comments. "Cingrani to be called up | Cincinnati Reds". Retrieved 2013-02-01. 
  11. ^ Sheldon, Mark (September 9, 2012). "Cueto, Reds stumble in finale against Astros". Retrieved February 1, 2013. 
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External links

  • Career statistics and player information from MLB, or ESPN, or Baseball-Reference, or Fangraphs, or The Baseball Cube, or Baseball-Reference (Minors)
  • Rice Owls bio
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