Cincinnati Reds' Daniel Corcino: A Closer Look at Another Big Reds Prospect

Tyler Duma@@TylerDuma_BRFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2012

Daniel Corcino is a 21-year-old, 5'11", 165-pound right-hander from the Dominican Republic.

Corcino's fastball is generally in the low to mid-90s, but according to Baseball America—Corcino can turn his fastball up into the high 90s (as high as 97).

Another power arm in the Reds' rotation would be a beautiful thing, so let's take a look at the young righty.

Corcino has been in the Reds' minor league system for the last three years. And last season he had a breakout year.

In 26 starts, Corcino went 139.1 innings with an ERA of 3.42, WHIP of 1.163 and 156 strikeouts. Those kinds of numbers should be enough for any avid Reds' fan to take notice. 

If you need more convincing, take a look at these stats: K/9 ratio of 10.1 and a K/BB ratio of 4.59.

That K/9 ratio would put him in the top three of the major leagues, and the K/BB ratio would have him tied for fifth with Clayton Kershaw.

I'm not saying that it's fair to compare his numbers to major leaguers, but it's just to give you an idea of how dominant he was last season.

Corcino has been drawing comparisons to Johnny Cueto since about midway through last season and for good reason. The two have a similar build (except in weight where Cueto is listed at 55 pounds heavier).

Furthermore, Cueto and Corcino had very similar 20-year-old seasons. Between A Dayton and A-plus Sarasota, Cueto went 138 innings with an ERA of 3.00, WHIP of 1.00, 143 strikeouts, and a K/BB ratio of 3.76 and K/9 ratio of 9.3.

The big question with Corcino is: Will his body be able to handle the stress of pitching up to 200 innings a season?

Last season was the first, in which he cracked the century mark. This shouldn't be a big concern, seeing as Corcino was just 20 years old last year—and at that age Cueto had his first 100-plus-inning season.

Look for Corcino to put on weight between now and the time he reaches the majors. If he doesn't and the concerns about his frame continue, it's likely he will be made into a reliever—but my feeling is he should be just fine as a starter.

Corcino will begin the season as a non-roster invitee in the Reds' spring training camp. He will likely begin the season at AA and depending on his success—could see time in Louisville. If Corcino continues to progress this way, you could see him challenging the rotation for the 2013 season.

Like any other minor league prospect, Corcino has faced his share of troubles and he has had a few bad games. Corcino has progressed well in his first three-professional seasons. If the development trend continues to follow along like Cueto's, then big things could be in store for the young right-hander.