Tony Cingrani
Tony Cingrani
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
10-Day IL
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/21/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Shoulder issues, which first popped up in spring training, limited Cingrani to just 22.2 innings, but his underlying numbers in those innings were quite good. He combined a low 6.3% walk rate with an incredible 37.9% strikeout rate, ninth-best among all pitchers who threw at least 20 innings. The profile is there for Cingrani to be a quality setup man despite the fact that he hasn't recorded an ERA below 4.00 in any of the last five seasons. If his ERA comes in line with his peripherals, he could even find his way into a closer committee should Kenley Jansen's heart problems persist. The lefty's strikeout rate is high enough to provide some value in deep leagues even without saves. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Dodgers in November of 2018, avoiding arbitration.
Throws scoreless inning in Triple-A
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
May 9, 2019
Cingrani (shoulder) pitched a scoreless inning in his rehab appearance for Triple-A Oklahoma City on Thursday, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Cingrani continues to progress, as this scoreless outing comes on the heels of two successful rehab appearances with High-A Rancho Cucamonga. He threw 15 pitches in this outing and emerged without any setbacks, so a return to the Dodgers' bullpen could be in the cards soon. Cingrani has been shut down since March after a recurrence of the left shoulder injury that sidelined him for much of the second half of last season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-5%
BAA vs LHP
2019
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2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2017
Even Split
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .231 120 42 7 25 6 0 8
Since 2017vs Right .243 151 46 11 34 8 0 4
2019vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Left .200 43 17 5 7 1 0 2
2018vs Right .235 52 19 1 12 4 0 0
2017vs Left .247 77 25 2 18 5 0 6
2017vs Right .247 99 27 10 22 4 0 4
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Since 2017
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
2019
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2018
 
 
-74%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 3.52 1.04 30.2 0 0 0 10.9 1.5 1.5
Since 2017Away 5.19 1.30 34.2 1 2 0 13.2 3.4 1.8
2019Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2019Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Home 2.13 0.79 12.2 0 0 0 13.5 0.0 0.7
2018Away 8.10 1.50 10.0 1 2 0 15.3 5.4 0.9
2017Home 4.50 1.22 18.0 0 0 0 9.0 2.5 2.0
2017Away 4.01 1.22 24.2 0 0 0 12.4 2.6 2.2
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Cingrani's 2017 season was split between Cincinnati and Los Angeles, and the difference in terms of performance was night and day. The lefty posted a 5.40 ERA, 7.01 FIP and 3.47 HR/9 in 25 appearances with the Reds, and 2.79, 1.86 and 0.47 marks in 22 appearances with the Dodgers. Cingrani lifted his strikeout rate by nearly four per nine following the move west (to 13.0 K/9) and shaved 61 points off his BAA. The biggest difference seemed to be that the Dodgers allowed Cingrani to throw his slider again (21.6 percent slider usage) -- the Reds all but scrapped the pitch before dealing Cingrani (2.4 percent). Cingrani also took heed of advice from the Dodgers' analytics department with regard to location of his fastball, per Jeff Sullivan of FanGraphs. This new version of Cingrani seems capable of handling primary left-handed setup duties if called upon.
The conventional wisdom surrounding Cingrani was that he needed to go to the bullpen to best take advantage of his plus fastball and not-so-plus offspeed offerings. While that's proven true, the results have still been disappointing. His strikeout rate collapsed in 2016, dropping from 25.1 percent down to 18.1 percent. Even worse, his walk rate was an unacceptable 5.3 batters per nine innings. When you combine that profile with his flyball tendencies, it's easy to see why the Reds sought out other options for the ninth inning and why it's unlikely that he will see consistent save opportunities in 2017.
The Reds haven't quite figured out what role Cingrani should play for them, and his star has diminished in the process. They moved him to the bullpen in spring training, and subsequently buried him as the last man in the bullpen for the first month of the season. He developed a shoulder strain in the middle of the year, spent time with Triple-A Louisville, and generally was an afterthought for much of the season. He's not durable enough to be a max-effort reliever, and his secondary pitches are still not strong enough for him to be a starter, so he's stuck in limbo with the team.
Cingrani last pitched in late June, as a shoulder strain sent him to the DL and a subsequent impingement halted his comeback. Even before the injury, it was a frustrating season for him. Batters started laying off pitches out of the strike zone, and he started throwing more pitches out of that zone. His strikeout rate dropped from 28.6% to 21.8%, with most of that drop coming from hitters making better contact with his fastball. Thus, he started pitching more out of the zone, walking more batters, and giving up more homers when he did allow contact. The question is whether the declining performance from his fastball caused him to compensate and then injure himself, or was he already hurt? He's worth a late flier as a Last Year's Bum to find out the answer to that question.
Cingrani conclusively answered whether his repertoire of pitches can retire big league hitters with a strong rookie campaign. Yes, he needs to improve his offspeed offerings and become more pitch-efficient, but give us a starter with a good fastball that misses bats (10.3 K/9) and we'll take our chances that he figures out the rest. He should open 2014 in the rotation, though the possibility that Aroldis Chapman moves into the rotation does create some volatility.
Cingrani rocketed through High-A Bakersfield and Double-A Pensacola to get a September callup with the Reds, where he impressed in brief duty. A third-round pick from Rice in 2011, Cingrani lacks a great breaking ball, but his superb command has allowed him to dominate lesser competition. Many scouts question whether his repertoire will shut down major league hitters and limit his upside to a fourth starter. He'll likely begin 2013 at Triple-A Louisville but could be the first to get the call in the event of injury. He has more polish than organization mate Daniel Corcino, with perhaps a lower ceiling.
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Rehab moving to Triple-A
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
May 7, 2019
Cingrani (shoulder) will move his rehab assignment to Triple-A Oklahoma City, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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To start rehab assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
May 4, 2019
Cingrani (shoulder) has been assigned to High-A Rancho Cucamonga for a rehab assignment, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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Nearing rehab stint
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
April 26, 2019
Cingrani (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Friday and is on track to begin a rehab assignment next week, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Ups throwing distance
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
April 8, 2019
Cingrani (shoulder) has been pain-free while throwing off flat ground from 120 feet at extended spring training in recent days, Jorge Castillo of the Los Angeles Times reports.
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Heads to IL
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
March 28, 2019
The Dodgers placed Cingrani (shoulder) on the 10-day injured list Thursday.
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