- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
Pitcher Daniel Corcino made his major league debut on his 24th birthday.
Corcino was signed by the Cincinnati Reds and scout Richard Jimenez for $25,000 in January 2008 and played in the Dominican Summer League that year. He was 6-2 with a 5.29 ERA as a reliever for the 2008 DSL Reds. No DSL pitcher won more games that year without making a start. He split 2009 between the Billings Mustangs (1-4, 3 Sv, 4.91) and the GCL Reds (0-1, 2 UER, 5 H in 2 2/3 IP). In 2010, he was with the Mustangs (1-3, 3.40) and Dayton Dragons (1-1, 4.31). Baseball America ranked him as the 11st-best Pioneer League prospect, between Will Swanner and Cristhian Adames.
In 2011, he went 11-7 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 starts for the Dayton Dragons of the Midwest League. He struck out 156 in 139 1/3 innings. He tied Pedro Villarreal for second among Reds farmhands in wins, was third in ERA (between Joel Bender and Tim Crabbe) and was third in strikeouts (between Daniel Renken and Juan Carlos Sulbaran). In the MWL, he tied for 6th in victories and was second in strikeouts behind teammate Josh Smith. Baseball America rated him as the #16 prospect in the MWL between fellow hurlers Enny Romero and Garrett Gould and #4 in the Cincinnati system (behind Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton and Zach Cozart). They also rated him as having the best fastball in the Reds minor leagues.
After being a non-roster invitee to spring training in 2012, he was assigned to the Pensacola Blue Wahoos of the AA Southern League, skipping the Advanced Class A level. he had another good year, with a record of 8-8, 3.01 in 26 starts, allowing only 111 hits in 143 1/3 innings and striking out 126. In 2013, he moved up another level, to the AAA Louisville Bats. He had an off-year, however, being hit very hard to the tune of a 5.86 ERA in 28 games, with a record of 7-14. This time, he gave up 141 hits in 129 innings, while his strikeouts fell to 90, against 70 walks. Perplexed by the unexplainable drop in performance, the Reds sent him down to AA to start the 2014 season. At Pensacola, he regained his touch to some extent, as he compiled a record of 10-11, 4.13 in 26 games, lowering his hit rate and improving his strikeout rate over the previous yearin the process. His 14 losses were a club record.
The Reds called up Daniel to the majors in late August of 2014, to work out of the bullpen,. As luck would have it, his first big league appearance came on his 24th birthday, facing the Chicago Cubs in the 9th inning on August 26th with the Reds down, 3-0. He made quick work, striking out the first batyter he faced, Welington Castillo, on three pitches. He then struck out Chris Valaika as well and got Chris Coghlan to fly out to end the inning, needing only 10 pitches.
Sources include 2012 Reds Media Guide, 2011 Baseball Almanac