Cingrani bests Fernandez in rookies' first meeting

CINCINNATI -- Thursday's 11-1 loss to the Reds featured a matchup of two of the game's best young pitching prospects. Miami's Jose Fernandez, 20, and Cincinnati's Tony Cingrani, 23, are rated No. 7 and No. 66, respectively, among MLB.com's Top 100 Prospects.

Cingrani had the better night, allowing one run and striking out eight in five innings. Fernandez, meanwhile, allowed five runs on six hits in four innings.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond said that youth can be both good and bad.

"I think it can go both ways," he said. "Sometimes the inexperience can affect you with the way you pitch, but at the same time, sometimes the youth is nice because you don't overthink it. You just go out there and throw.

"There's so much video, there's so many stats now, and I think sometimes guys get away from their strengths, especially pitchers. I think when guys struggle, they lose sight of what got them there and what's made them successful."

While Fernandez struggled against the Reds, he allowed just one run in each of his first two big league outings.

"Sometimes with the young players it's fun because they come up and it's like this blank canvas," Redmond said. "You've got this kid with unbelievable talent and you can help mold them and figure out what's going to make them successful. That's the neat thing about young players."

Tony Meale is a contributor to MLB.com. Marlins beat reporter Joe Frisaro contributed to this report. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.