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Daniel Corcino is entering his sixth season as a professional in the Reds organization.
In that time, the 22-year-old has become one of the Reds' top prospects and has even earned recognition from Baseball America, having been ranked 94th in the 2013 edition of their Top 100 Prospects list.
Corcino also was determined to have the best slider in the Reds' farm system by Baseball America in 2012 (per Baseball America).
The numbers also prove Corcino's worth as a prospect.
In his five seasons of work, Corcino has compiled a 28-26 record, a 3.57 ERA, a 1.28 WHIP and ratios of 8.7 K/9, 3.5 BB/9, 2.48 K/BB and 0.6 HR/9.
More impressive is the fact that last year, Corcino outperformed his career averages in his first season at Double-A Pensacola.
In 26 starts, Corcino worked to an 8-8 record, a 3.01 ERA and a 1.23 WHIP with ratios of 7.9 K/9, 4.1 BB/9, 1.94 K/BB and 0.6 HR/9.
According to a March 6, 2012, article by Reds' beat writer John Fay, Corcino has also showed substantial maturity in seeking out the help of fellow Dominican Republic native Johnny Cueto.
In the same article, Fay wrote that Corcino had earned the respect of manager Dusty Baker and special assistant to the GM Mario Soto.
According to Fay, Baker affectionately dubbed Corcino "Cueto Jr." because they're always together.
Conveniently enough, Corcino may have picked the perfect person to emulate his game after given their similar build, pitch arsenal and pitching style.
Seeing Corcino in action this season will give fans a good sense of where the future of the Reds' starting rotation lies. Corcino, Robert Stephenson and Tony Cingrani are considered to be some of the team's top prospects.