Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports
Signed out of the Dominican Republic in 2008, Daniel Corcino jumped onto the prospect radar in 2011 when he registered a 3.42 ERA and 156-34 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 139.1 innings as a 20-year-old in the Midwest League.
The Cincinnati Reds challenged him with a two-level bump to Double-A Pensacola in 2012, and the right-hander excelled against advanced hitters, posting a 3.01 ERA and .216 opponent batting with 126 strikeouts in 143.1 innings.
However, Corcino’s walk rate jumped from 2.2 BB/9 in 2011 to 4.1 BB/9 in 2012, though that’s fairly common with young pitchers at higher levels.
Ignoring the red flag, the organization decided to promote Corcino to Triple-A Louisville for the 2013 season rather than allow him to refine his command—even if only for a portion of the season—back at Double-A. As a result, the 23-year-old regressed considerably in the International League, registering an ugly 5.86 ERA and 90-73 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 129 innings.
More specifically, the control that made him successful in previous seasons didn’t translate at the more advanced level, as Corcino’s 9.8 H/9, 6.3 K/9 and 5.1 BB/9 represented his worst totals since reaching a full-season level in 2010. Specifically, the right-hander struggled mightily to command his fastball, which in turn made his secondary offerings less effective.
The 23-year-old will likely return to Triple-A for the 2014 season and is bound to post better numbers in his second tour of the International League. But if his fastball command doesn’t improve as hoped, then there’s a realistic chance that the Reds move Corcino to the bullpen.