The Reds thought Daniel Corcino could handle a jump from low Class A last season to Double-A in 2012, and 21-year-old righthander justified Cincinnati's reasoning yesterday by completing the first eight innings of a dual no-hitter for Pensacola. Corcino struck out nine Mobile batters and walked three while delivering eight innings of no-hit, no-run baseball in 110 pitches. He lowered his season ERA to 3.34 through 13 starts.
Lefty Wilkin de la Rosa struck out the side in the ninth inning, walking one, to complete the first no-hitter in the Southern League this season, and the league's first in exactly one year. Montgomery lefty Matt Moore threw a no-hitter on June 17, 2011, also victimizing Mobile.
Pensacola manager Jim Riggleman removed Corcino from the game when his spot came up in the Pensacola batting order in the bottom of the eighth inning. Pinch-hitter Josh Fellhauer singled and drove in a run that contributed to the Blue Wahoos' eventual 6-0 victory.
"We were not going to let him go past 110 (pitches)," Riggleman told the Pensacola News Journal after the game. "And another little thing to throw in is the (Southern League) all-star game is coming up (Tuesday), and he is supposed to pitch in that on really short rest if he does pitch in that game."
The Reds signed Corcino out of the Dominican Republic in 2008 and he burst on to the prospect map with Billings in the Rookie-level Pioneer League two years later. He draws comparisons with Johnny Cueto for a number of similarities the pitchers share, including organization, 6-foot stature, mid-90s velocity and Dominican heritage. BA subscribers can read can read all historical league and organization prospect reports on file for Corcino (four total) and Cueto (six) on their respective player pages.
According to research conducted by a Baseball Fever message board user with the screen name "cmcgill," Corcino's gem brings the total of no-hitters thrown in the minors this season—all mutli-pitcher, nine-inning efforts—to eight. The full list follows:
|NO-HITTERS THROWN IN THE MINORS IN 2012
|4/24||Jose Fernandez, Greg Nappo, Kevin Cravey||Greensboro||FLA||S. Atlantic|
|4/29||Justin Wilson, Jose Diaz, Doug Slaten||Indianapolis||PIT||International|
|5/4||Chad Thompson, Mark Williams||Wisconsin||MIL||Midwest|
|5/8||Mickey Pena, Hunter Cervenka, Tyler Lockwood||Greenville||BOS||S. Atlantic|
|5/10||G. Holland, C. Dwyer, B. Lafferty, K. Volz||NW Arkansas||KC||Texas|
|5/19||Nick Tepesch, Jimmy Reyes||Myrtle Beach||TEX||Carolina|
|5/21||Brett Cecil, Danny Farquhar, Ron Uviedo||N. Hampshire||TOR||Eastern|
|6/17||Daniel Corcino, Wilkin de la Rosa||Pensacola||CIN||Southern|
|Source: Baseball Fever message board user "cmcgill"