The Blue Wahoos of Pensacola had a very forgettable night when they committed four errors while being shut out 7-0 by visiting Jacksonville. Outfielder Yordonis Perez went 3-3 in the losing effort. Wahoo starter Daniel Corcino suffered his first loss of the season. He failed to finish the fifth inning after giving up three hits and four walks. He only allowed two earned runs, but errors victimized him with three more unearned.
Corcino and 2011 first round pick Robert Stephenson are rated the two top pitching prospects in the Cincinnati organization. He started with the Reds in 2008 in the Dominican League and did not enter lot of radars until last season when he went 11-7 with a 3.42 ERA/1.163 WHIP at Dayton. What really impressed was his ability to throw strikes as a 20 year-old. He fanned 156 over 139 innings while walking only 34. Many expected him to start 2012 at high-A, but the Reds jumped him all the way to the Southern League after his first spring training invite. Since arriving in AA he has yet to hit his stride, failing to make it past the fifth inning in each of his first three starts. Thus far he’s not been nearly as stingy with walks against higher level hitters, issuing 7 in 10 innings.
The right-hander brings a fastball in the mid-90’s and compliments it with a slider that is major league ready. His changeup needs development and he can already get it over the plate. Unfortunately there will always be height issues similar to many other pitchers. A 5’11” frame raises concerns on durability and whether or not he’d be better projected as a reliever. His delivery has been described as “high effort”, but does utilize good lower body rotation to generate additional power.
Reds scouting efforts in the Dominican rewarded them when they signed Johnny Cueto soon after he turned eighteen in 2004. It’s no surprise to see Corcino compared to the 5’10” Reds ace. There’s a lot of baseball yet to go this season and right now the Reds intend to run him out to start every fifth turn.
Other news from the farm:
Louisville fell to Columbus 9-7 in 10 innings. Chris Valaika had three hits to raise his average to .308. The Bats lost Todd Frazier when he was promoted to replace injured Miguel Cairo. Valaika has seen MLB action the past two seasons. Either he or Paul Janish (.318) figure to get the next call should the Reds need more infield help. Carlos Fisher has allowed only one earned run in five appearances.
Bakersfield was the only team in the Cincinnati organization to get a win last night when they outscored host Visalia 8-5. A balanced Blaze attack had five players with multi-hit nights including Billy Hamilton who is now hitting .386 with 11 stolen bases in 10 games.
Dayton dropped a 4-1 contest at Ft. Wayne. Radhames Quezada was charged with his first loss of the year. He only allowed three runs, but was lifted before the fifth inning after giving up six hits and two walks. Third baseman Brandon Dailey had three hits in his third game of the season.