The Minnesota Twins purchased the contract of 22-year-old outfielder Edgar Corcino from the Rockford Aviators of the Frontier League on Thursday. He became the fourth player from the 2014 Aviators squad to be purchased by a Major League Baseball organization, joining outfielder Jose Martinez (Atlanta Braves) as well as right-handed pitchers Joey Wagman (Oakland Athletics) and Josh Slaats (Arizona Diamondbacks).
Corcino was originally drafted as a third baseman by the Detroit Tigers in the 26th round of the 2009 MLB Draft. He not only struggled at the plate — hitting just .203/.291/.311 in 86 Rookie ball games from 2009-’11 — but he struggled in the field as well in the first few seasons of his professional baseball career. His worst defensive showing was in 2010 when he committed ten errors in 25 games that season.
After four seasons of offensive and defensive woes, the Tigers released Corcino prior to the 2013 season. A few days after his release, he signed a contract with the El Paso Diablos of the American Association. After committing eight errors in 21 games for El Paso, the club decided to move him to right field. He only committed one error in 22 chances while playing in right field, but his bat was unable to get going — hitting .232/.313/.384 in 33 games — and he was released by the Diablos after spending just two months with the club.
He was signed by the Aviators a few days later and he began to improve at the plate and in the field. He hit .312/.384/.482 with six homers and 28 RBI in 56 games for the Aviators to finish his 2013 campaign. He also only committed two errors in 90 chances in the outfield as well.
Corcino carried that momentum into this past season as he hit .302/.351/.456 with 11 homers and 51 RBI in 95 games.
Clearly Corcino is better suited as an outfielder than as a third baseman. He has a career fielding percentage of .877 as a third baseman (158 games) as opposed to a .965 fielding percentage as an outfielder (153 games).
It is likely he will start the 2015 season in Low-A Cedar Rapids.
Anton Joe is an Independent League Baseball Reporter for Baseball Essential. You can follow him on Twitter @AntonJoe_BBE.