Corcino impressed Reds, but has work to do

Pitching prospect made three starts for big league club last season

Corcino impressed Reds, but has work to do

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- The Reds got a long look at right-handed pitching prospect Daniel Corcino when he was a September callup last season. Corcino made three starts and fared well, but he doesn't appear to be under consideration for one of the rotation spots up for grabs this spring.

Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the Reds' No. 12 prospect, Corcino's future role remains open.

"I think it really depends on what he's able to do with the opportunities he has," Reds manager Bryan Price said on Sunday. "He came up and did a nice job for us last year with some spot starts and some relief work. There's no doubt he has to work hard on repeating his delivery and executing quality pitches, but I think he has the stuff. He showed a good fastball and slider combination with the good changeup.

"That's the best I've seen Daniel pitch other than when I saw him in instructional league back in 2011. He hasn't had great big league camps for us, but he pitched much better in the Major League games last year than any other time I've seen him."

Corcino took a step backward in 2013 when he was 7-14 with a 5.86 ERA in 28 games (23 starts) with Triple-A Louisville. He spent most of last season at Double-A Pensacola and was 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA. He was promoted from there to the Major Leagues in late August and debuted on Aug. 26, his 24th birthday, with a perfect one-inning relief appearance. Corcino was sent back to Louisville for one game and returned to the Majors in September.

Corcino's perfect MLB debut

Corcino was 0-2 in his three starts, but he had a 3.38 ERA with nine hits, nine walks and 12 strikeouts over 16 innings.

"I think he's got a little ways to go to put the finishing touches on," Price said. "Then really it will depend on the consistency of his pitch quality to dictate whether he is a starter or reliever."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Mark My Word, and follow him on Twitter @m_sheldon. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.