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Dodgers claim Daniel Corcino, Reds swap Kyle Skipworth for Tucker Barnhart

Movin' & shakin' before the Reds tussle with the Cardinals.

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Daniel Corcino - who was designated for assignment by the Cincinnati Reds on Monday in an odd 40-man roster crunch - was claimed by the Los Angeles Dodgers on Friday, officially ending his stint in the Reds system.

Corcino breezed through the lower levels of the Reds' minor league system with much success, and his impressive 2012 showing at AA Pensacola at just 21 years old saw him crack Baseball America's Top 100 prospect list prior to the 2013 season (at #94).  Unfortunately, his control issues caught up with him in his first crack at the AAA level, and the Reds opted to ship him back down to AA in 2014 to attempt to rediscover his ability to locate his pitches.  He improved there marginally, and even made his big league debut for the Reds in 2014 by making three starts and five overall appearances.

However, between his inability to improve his control and the glut of other young pitchers in the organization after some off-season moves, he found himself buried on the RHP depth chart entering the 2015 season, far enough down to apparently be considered expendable by the team that signed him as a minor league free agent out of the Dominican Republic back in 2008.  Today's move clinches that we won't have the chance to see what the 24 year old can do as a reliever, either.

Incidentally, in order to open up a spot on their own 40-man roster for Corcino, the Dodgers designated Ryan Dennick, who they'd claimed from the Reds just two days ago in a similar move.

In other roster news, the Reds swapped backup backup catchers today, optioning the recently promoted Kyle Skipworth to AAA Louisville and recalling Tucker Barnhart.  According to C. Trent Rosecrans, Devin Mesoraco will also rejoin the Reds in St. Louis after his hip injury scare, meaning the Reds will be carrying three catchers for the time being.  Homer Bailey is also on course to rejoin the Reds and make his season debut this weekend, so there will need to be another move made between now and then for Hoss to be placed back on the 25-man roster.