Drew Cisco came into the Reds organization with a reputation for being very polished for a young…
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He finally debuted at Billings last season and got off a slow start, partly because the Reds were cautious and limited his pitches. He finished the season strong and ended up with a 4-1 record and a 3.39 ERA which would have been good enough for the second lowest in the Pioneer League had he thrown more innings. By the end of the season he was routinely going for five frames per start and allowed one run or less in seven of his last nine outings.
Now at 21 years old he figures to move rapidly up the Cincinnati organization. He offers a low-90's fastball and mixes it up with a curve and changeup that he throws with good command as evidenced by his K/BB ratio of 45/7. He also is effective at inducing ground balls and had a ground/air out ratio of 1.3 while tossing only four pitches that were hit for home runs in 58 innings.
Some question his stature (6'0"/185#) for having limitations on a future as a starter, but the Reds have no reason to remove him from the rotation at this time. He's ready for promotion, but it's uncertain where he'll begin the season in 2013. Dayton is the next step, but he was once identified as a candidate for a fast track before falling behind from the surgery. If he does begin his season with the Dragons the Reds will probably keep an eye on him for a move to Bakersfield sometime during the season.
Physical limitations and absence of overpowering stuff limit Cisco's projections to a mid-rotation pitcher. However he's more of a low ceiling/high floor prospect with limited downside risk and a safer bet to wear an MLB uniform someday. His first minor league season suggests that arm troubles are behind him and he's a finesse pitcher throwing with a consistent form that should help durability. 2013 will be big for him as he prepares for his first full professional season. He came into the Cincinnati organization with a reputation for instinct and control beyond his years and thus far has lived up to the billing.
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