Daniel Corcino came into the 2012 season as arguably the Reds top pitching prospect after a strong 2011 year with Dayton. The Reds pushed him aggressively and skipped him over High-A Bakersfield and straight to Double-A Pensacola where he spent his entire season as an anchor in the Blue Wahoos rotation.
April didn’t start off particularly strong as Corcino allowed 3 runs in just 4.1 innings with 3 walks and 5 strikeouts in his debut. He rebounded some though as he allowed just 6 earned runs the rest of the month in 20.2 innings as he finished with a 3.24 ERA in 25 total innings. He didn’t allow a home run in the month, which kept his ERA down despite 12 walks and 19 strikeouts that led to a 1.48 WHIP.
From a peripheral standpoint May was much better than April, though the right hander saw his ERA jump to 3.72 in 29 innings. Corcino allowed 3 home runs, but saw his walk rate drop with just 11 walks on the month and he struck out 34 batters while posting a 1.21 WHIP. It was a step forward despite the results being slightly worse on the surface.
June didn’t start off well. On the first of the month he allowed 3 runs in 3 innings while walking 4 and striking out just 2 batters. The next two starts were strong lasting a combined 13 innings with just 2 earned runs, 4 walks and 14 strikeouts. The second start there was particularly impressive as he threw 8 hitless innings of a combined no hitter with Wilkin De La Rosa against Mobile down in Pensacola. The next start, 8 days later, was another battle with control as he walked 6 batters and struck out just 2 in 4 innings. He finished the month strong with 8 innings of 1 run baseball with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts to finish the month with a 2.57 ERA and 1.21 WHIP in 28 innings, though his 16 walks (most coming in two starts) were a concern.
July was perhaps the strongest month of the year for Corcino as he threw 29.1 innings over 5 starts with 9 walks and 25 strikeouts. He posted a 3.38 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP on the month. He only allowed over 2 runs in a game once during the stretch.
August was both good and bad. Corcino made six starts on the month and allowed 1 or fewer runs in 5 of them. His ERA for the month was a tiny 2.25 and his WHIP was just 1.19 while allowing just a single home run in 32 innings. Those things are all good to see. However he walked 17 batters while striking out just 23.
While Corcino was passed up on the prospect list by another pitcher, he still remains a strong arm and a Top 100 prospect in all of baseball in my opinion. At the end of the season his walk rate is higher than you would like to see, and certainly does need improvement, but it seems to me that there were just blips on the radar here and there rather than a season long struggle with controlling the strikezone. He has quality stuff and while he is a bit undersized, the Reds have shown that being short won’t keep you out of the rotation if you can perform (Cueto/Leake). With a strong start to the 2013 season in Louisville he could be on the verge of a call up at any point if a big leaguer heads to the DL.
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