2013 stats (as starter): 18 GS, 7-4, 2.77 ERA, 97.1 IP, 14 HR, 109 K/36 BB, 1.04 WHIP
The Cincinnati Enquirer's John Fay reported that Reds general manager Walt Jocketty said Bronson Arroyo doesn't fit in the team's budget. Assuming that nothing changes, Tony Cingrani will grab the final spot in the rotation.
Johnny Cueto's multiple trips to the disabled list could have been devastating. Luckily for Cincinnati, it had Cingrani dominating in the minors.
The southpaw put up phenomenal numbers in his first year in the majors. He struck out more than one per inning and posted a strong earned run average and WHIP.
Cingrani has a great fastball, which is what he relies on. When he got to an 0-2 count on hitters, batters got only one hit compared to 51 strikeouts in 80 at-bats against him.
As a starter, he held batters to a .192 average. He held right-handers to a .200 average and left-handers to a .186 average. That's with using his fastball the majority of the time.
Cingrani's fastball is great, but he still does need to develop his secondary pitches. The 24-year-old used his fastball 81 percent of the time, according to FanGraphs. It worked for him during his first year in the majors, but now that hitters have seen him, he may have to adjust.
A back injury caused him to miss time late in the season. That is one concern that the organization should have entering the 2014 season. When healthy, the rotation is as good as it gets. However, Cueto and Cingrani both dealt with injuries this past season. Arroyo is as durable as it gets, which is key for a team that doesn't have much pitching depth in the minors.
The expectation is for Cingrani to be the No. 5 starter in Cincinnati this year. He has had an offseason to prepare for his role and develop secondary pitches. If he can mix up his pitches, Cingrani will be even tougher to hit.