Sept 15, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Cincinnati Reds relief pitcher Tony Cingrani (52) throws during the fifth inning against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Cincinnati Reds Thought About Making Tony Cingrani a Reliever

Cincinnati Reds rookie pitcher Tony Cingrani has been nothing short of phenomenal during his brief stay in the Majors. Currently 3-0 with a 3.15 ERA and 0.97 WHIP, the Illinois native has done everything asked of him and more to stay at the Major League level.

The Reds have been so impressed with Cingrani, who is currently filling in for injured ace Johnny Cueto, they thought long and hard about keeping the 23 year old on the big league roster once Cueto returns from his stint on the disabled list. However, despite the impressive numbers, the Reds figured it was better for Cingrani’s future to return him to the minor leagues once Cueto is activated from the DL.

Per C. Trent Rosecrans

Dusty Baker said they’d considered Cingrani staying for bullpen help, but think his continued development is more important

Currently second in the MLB with a combined starter ERA of just 3.17, the Reds don’t have much space in their starting rotation for Cingrani despite his impressive play – a good problem to have for the Reds who are currently tied with the Atlanta Braves for the second best record in the National League.

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