Tony Cingrani – LHP

After starting much of his professional career, Cingrani made the adjustment to the bullpen in 2015. He eventually got into the closer role in 2016, following early season struggles from J.J. Hoover. Cingrani first made three appearances with the Reds in 2012. He was utilized mostly as a starter in 2013 and ’14 before moving to the bullpen the following season. After seeing his K/9 drop by nearly 1.5 in 2014, Cingrani jumped that back up to 10.5 in 2015 in relief. With his slightly unorthodox delivery, Cingrani has seen control issues in the past and works primarily with a fastball in the mid-90s. He tosses the fastball around 80 percent of the time, typically because of the lack of a strong second pitch. The fastball has gotten up to 95, but there is a need to improve the breaking ball so he can use it more.

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