Reds add prospect Corcino to bullpen as long man

Reds add prospect Corcino to bullpen as long man

CINCINNATI --- Right-handed pitcher Daniel Corcino has long been viewed by the Reds as a promising prospect for the rotation. On Friday, Corcino was called up for the first time from Double-A Pensacola when left-hander David Holmberg was optioned to Triple-A Louisville.

Corcino, who turns 24 on Tuesday, will be used out of the bullpen as a long reliever to get his feet wet rather than go directly into the rotation.

"I think sometimes the best way to segue way a young pitcher, especially a kid coming up from Double-A, is to get him into the role that he will be inheriting," Reds manager Bryan Price said. "That would be similar to what Pedro [Villarreal] did for us [Thursday night] -- come into a game that may not be decided but the score is sideways a bit, either way up or way down, and have him eat up some innings from the bullpen.

"I think it's a good role to come into as a kid with his experience. I'll try to give him a soft landing as best we can, but that environment can't be controlled as well as I would like to."

Ranked as the No. 11 Reds prospect by, Corcino was 10-11 with a 4.13 ERA in 26 games -- including 25 starts -- at Pensacola. Over 143 2/3 innings, he allowed 123 hits and 70 walks while striking out 113 batters.

Corcino spent 2013 with Louisville but struggled as he went 7-14 with a 5.86 ERA in 28 games (23 starts). He allowed 73 walks compared to 90 strikeouts over 129 innings. The Reds moved him back down to Pensacola before this season and liked the results.

"We decided to put him in Pensacola to kind of get his confidence back," Price said. "He's had a solid year. His command has been better, especially lately. We feel like he's capable now. He's had a couple of big league camps under his belt so he shouldn't be completely overwhelmed by coming to the big leagues from Double-A. We still like him. We'll get a chance to see what he's all about here while he's with us."

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for 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.