Tony Cingrani
Tony Cingrani
29-Year-Old PitcherRP
Los Angeles Dodgers
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 4/17/2019
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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$Agreed to a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Dodgers in November of 2018 to avoid arbitration.
Shut down with shoulder soreness
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
March 14, 2019
Cingrani has been shut down with left shoulder soreness, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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It is a recurrence of an issue he experienced last season and it will sideline him past Opening Day. He received medication and will not throw for two weeks while undergoing more treatment. Scott Alexander will now carry a heavy load as the Dodgers' clear top left-handed reliever to start the season.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-11%
BAA vs LHP
2018
 
 
-15%
BAA vs LHP
2017
Even Split
2016
 
 
-18%
BAA vs LHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2016vs Left .221 214 65 17 42 9 2 10
Since 2016vs Right .247 328 72 38 71 15 1 7
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
2016vs Left .207 94 23 10 17 3 2 2
2016vs Right .252 177 26 27 37 7 1 3
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2016
 
 
-25%
ERA at Home
2018
 
 
-74%
ERA at Home
2017
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2016
 
 
-16%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2016Home 3.68 1.20 65.0 2 2 8 8.2 3.1 1.1
Since 2016Away 4.91 1.43 62.1 1 5 9 11.1 4.6 1.3
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
2016Home 3.82 1.33 35.1 2 2 8 5.9 4.6 0.8
2016Away 4.55 1.59 27.2 0 3 9 8.5 6.2 0.7
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Stat Review
How does Tony Cingrani compare to other relievers?
This section compares his stats with all relief pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 30 innings). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
K/BB
6.00
 
K/9
14.3
 
BB/9
2.4
 
HR/9
0.8
 
Fastball
93.5 mph
 
ERA
4.76
 
WHIP
1.10
 
BABIP
.378
 
GB/FB
1.67
 
Strand %
56.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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Easing into spring action
PLos Angeles Dodgers
February 21, 2019
Manager Dave Roberts said Cingrani will take things slowly this spring, Ken Gurnick of MLB.com reports.
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Agrees to deal with Dodgers
PLos Angeles Dodgers
November 30, 2018
Cingrani signed a one-year, $2.65 million contract with the Dodgers on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.
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Allows three baserunners
PLos Angeles Dodgers
September 23, 2018
Cingrani hit a batter and allowed two hits without recording an out in Saturday's win over San Diego.
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Expects to be activated Monday
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
September 17, 2018
Cingrani (shoulder) said he expects to be activated ahead of Monday's series opener against the Rockies, J.P. Hoornstra of the Los Angeles Daily News reports.
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Begins rehab assignment
PLos Angeles Dodgers
Shoulder
September 14, 2018
Cingrani (shoulder) will embark upon a rehab assignment with High-A Rancho Cucamonga on Friday, J.P. Hoornstra of the Southern California News Group reports.
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