Countryman Corcino is Cueto's protege

Countryman Corcino is Cueto's protege

GOODYEAR, Ariz. -- One of the young pitching prospects getting noticed in Reds camp has been right-hander Daniel Corcino. The 21-year-old Corcino, in camp as a non-roster player, pitched two scoreless innings in a 'B' game Monday vs. mostly Mariners Minor Leaguers.

Corcino hit the leadoff batter with the very first pitch of his outing, but otherwise stayed out of trouble. Until Monday, manager Dusty Baker had only seen Corcino pitch bullpen sessions or live batting practice.

"I know he gets after it," Baker said before the game. "You've got to calm him down, because he throws the ball 100 mph in every drill. He's getting after it. He's first whenever we do our warm-up drills in the morning. It's refreshing really. I told him, 'don't worry about keeping up with everybody else. Just do your thing.'"

Corcino, who was 11-7 with a 3.42 ERA in 26 starts for Class A Dayton in 2011, hails from the Dominican Republic. He's drawn some positive comparsions to countryman and Reds ace Johnny Cueto.

"He's always playing catch with Cueto," Baker said. "He hangs with Cueto. I call him "Cueto Jr." He's pretty proud of that too, really."

"I really like how Corcino throws," Cueto said. "He looks like me. He's got courage. He started the same way I did. I hope soon he'll come up here and help in the big leagues."