- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 11", Weight 165 lb.
Daniel Corcino pitched seven times in the big leagues in parts of two seasons four years apart.
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 saves, 4.91) and the GCL Reds (0-1, two unearned runs, five hits in 2 2/3 innings). In 2010, he was with the Mustangs (1-3, 3.40) and Dayton Dragons (1-1, 4.31). Baseball America ranked him the 11th 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, striking 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 the 16th best prospect in the MWL between fellow hurlers Enny Romero and Garrett Gould and 4th in the Cincinnati system (behind Devin Mesoraco, Billy Hamilton and Zach Cozart). They also rated him having the best fastball in the Reds system.
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 Advanced Class A. 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 to the AAA Louisville Bats. He had an off year, hit hard to the tune of a 5.86 ERA in 28 games with a record of 7-14. 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 year.
The Reds called up Daniel to the majors in late August 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 batter 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. Daniel pitched five times, making three starts, while finishing 0-2, 4.34 in 18 2/3 innings. Early in the 2015 season, he was designated for assignment, spending each of the next three seasons in the minors with the Los Angeles Dodgers. LA called him for a brief look in 2018; in four innings (two games), Daniel recorded a save and 2.25 ERA.
Sources include 2012 Reds Media Guide, 2011 Baseball Almanac