After a flurry of late votes, a neck and neck race turned into a blowout, and Tony Cingrani took the #3 spot with 48% of the vote. I doubt anyone thought, back when the Reds drafted him in the 3rd round in 2011, that Cingrani would see MLB action after just a year and a half in the system. But despite scouts dogging his secondary stuff, the young southpaw has done the damn thing at every level. His minor league numbers over two seasons, 1.73 ERA; 0.968 WHIP; 11.5 K/9; 2.6 BB/9, have caused him to skyrocket up prospect lists.
Tony C relies primarily on his fastball, which despite sitting in the low 90's, is still a plus pitch due to his deceptive delivery and excellent command. His change up by most accounts is an average pitch, which is fine, but his breaking ball needs major improvement. Cingrani will most likely start the year in the Louisville rotation, where he will try and improve his change up and slider. If he can, great, but if not, he already has the skill set to be a successful reliever in the Majors.
No new names to add today, and the voting will last through the weekend, so vote early and vote often.
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Aliases: Best Case Scenario:Johnny Cueto
JESSE WINKER, OF, 19
Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (Billings Mustangs)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .943 OPS in his first taste of professional ball
Most Worrisome Fact: Lack of home run power
Aliases: Uncle Jesse, Rip Van Winker, Jesse "Brown Eye" Winker, The Fonz
Best Case Scenario: Yonder Alonso in the outfield
NICK TRAVIESO, RHP, 18
Highest 2012 Level: Rookie League (AZL Reds)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Has hit 97-99 on the gun as a teenager
Most Worrisome Fact: TNSTAASPP, very raw pitcher, will take a long time to develop
Aliases: Do we have any yet?
Best Case Scenario: Solid number two starter.
HENRY RODRIGUEZ, 22, 2B/3B
Highest 2012 Level: MLB
Eye-Poppingest Fact: .824 OPS before getting hurt in 2012
Most Worrisome Fact: Career high walk rate of 8%; usually hovers between 5 and 6.5%
Aliases: Hank-Rod; H-Rod; Hank the Tank; Sugar Man
Best Case Scenario: Martin Prado with a tick less defense, perhaps?
KYLE LOTZKAR, 23, RHP
Highest 2012 Level: AA (Pensacola Blue Wahoos)
Eye-Poppingest Fact: Career LOW K/9 of 9.8
Most Worrisome Fact: Injury-prone; walked 13.5% of batters faced in AA
Aliases: Lotzkar of the Hill People; That Other Canadian
Best Case Scenario: Man, this one is tough. Let's dream on health and command and say solid 2/3 starter.