Today I wanted to look at two Louisville Bats top prospects, left hander Tony Cingrani and center fielder Billy Hamilton, both who have had to make changes to their games here in the month of May.

Last week the Reds sent Tony Cingrani to Louisville after a strong, but flawed performance with the big league club where he threw over 80% fastballs. Ideally the Reds wanted him to go to Louisville and work on his offspeed pitches, but they also stated that they weren’t going to mandate him to throw any certain number of offspeed pitches. He has now made two starts with Louisville since returning. In those two starts he has thrown just 10 innings and has walked 9 batters while striking out 14.

Last night I took in the Louisville Bats game at home against Columbus.

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4 Responses

  1. Kevin

    I feel like had the fates of Cingrani and Chapman been swapped, the Reds might be better off. Cingrani seems like a reliever masquerading as a starter and Chapman is a starter masquerading as a reliever. Chapman’s development is hindered because he’s not forced to refine his slider and changeup, much less throw them. Cingrani on the other hand is trying to make it as a starter without putting much emphasis on a 2nd pitch. It’s my opinion that Chapman has much better (or potentially better) secondary stuff, but just doesn’t need to use it. Whereas Cingrani doesn’t have good secondary stuff (yet), and therefore doesn’t want to use it.

    Had their trajectories been swapped, Chapman would have gotten the development time that Cingrani had to nail down the secondary stuff, whereas Cingrani would have been forced into action as a reliever and the secondary stuff would not need to be as developed. Oh well.

    • Stock

      I disagree. Chapman is limited by how fresh he is. If he were starting his fastball would top out at 90 -95 and he gets killed as a RP when he is in that range. Chapman has no command of the zone with pitches other than his fastball and even with his fastball his command is suspect. As a SP in Louisville in 2010 Chapman was terrible. ML hitters would destroy him.

      Cingrani just needs to make sure he can keep hitters honest. If he can get his curve and change up over the plate batters won’t be able to sit back and wait for the fastball. Cingrani does have some work to do but it is quite he has all of 2013 and possibly 2014 to take the final step before he will be needed full time in Cincinnati. I am not saying Cingrani will be an ace but he will be a solid ML starting pitcher.

      • Jon Ryker

        I agree with Stock….Chapman has never at any level demonstrated he’s even an average starter…….

      • rickdelux

        I just don’t see Chapman having a starters approach to the game. He’s best where he is at now – and he’ll make a FINE living. I wouldn’t hesitate to use him in the 7th or 8th innings especially if he has to face 2-3-4 lefty hitters. His slider looks particularly nasty this year. I’m glad he has been working on it.

        Cingrani could be a huge boost to the team after the all-star break. You’d have to think the Reds will be monitoring his pitch counts and innings in order to possibly add him to the bullpen in Aug/Sep.