So much has been made recently of the Reds vast expanse of hitting prospects who appear ready to make an impact at the Major League level.
However with Mike Leake, Homer Bailey, and Johnny Cueto serving at the Major Leagues, little has been mentioned about the future of the Reds pitching because the future appears to have arrived. However, Daniel Corcino has quietly made a name for himself despite being just 20 years old.
Corcino was signed in 2008 along with Juan Duran and Yorman Rodriguez who overshadowed the young starter from the Dominican. At the beginning of this season, Kyle Lotzkar and Aroldis Chapman were the only pitchers in the Reds top ten prospects, so the arrival of Corcino has put a smile on the face of many in the Reds front office.
Corcino, who looks eerily similar to the Cardinals Edwin Jackson, has a physical build very similar to Johnny Cueto. Corcino’s stats from the last two seasons are shown below:
Corcino’s fastball radars in at the low 90s, but occasionally he can up the ante and bring it 97 MPH. He also has an above average breaking ball which has been the key to his success this season. He has located his breaking ball which has made his fastball even more effective.
Corcino may still be a few years away from the Major Leagues, but even if he takes 2 more years to develop, he will still be just 22 years old. Corcino gave up 12 runs (9 ER) through his first two starts this season, but he has fought to lower his ERA down to 3.25. Also of note is the fact that his innings have upped from 31 to 124, and his ERA has risen accordingly over the past month. After 80 innings pitched this season, Corcino’s ERA stood in the mid-2s.
139 strikeouts in 124 innings shows how dominant Corcino’s pitches can be. Continued depth in the minor league system is how the Reds must ensure themselves success, and the success of Corcino is key for a young ballclub in a small market.
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Topics: Aroldis Chapman, Baseball Reference, Cincinnati Reds, Daniel Corcino, Dayton Dragons, Edwin Jackson, Homer Bailey, Johnny Cueto, Juan Duran, Kyle Lotzkar, Mike Leake, Reds Prospects, St Louis Cardinals, Yorman Rodriguez