GOODYEAR, Ariz. Johnny Cueto, at the baseball tender age of 26, has worked his way to the top of the pitching rotation for the Cincinnati Reds or as Frank Sinatra sang it, "King of the hill, top of the heap, A-No. 1."
If all goes as planned, Cueto will be standing on the mound in Great American Ball Park on Opening Day.
And you can mix in a heaping dose of maturity for Cueto, enough so that he already is mentoring a 21-year-old fellow Dominican pitching prospect named Daniel Corcino.
On Monday morning, with dew still on the grass and the sun barely peeking over the hills beyond the Goodyear Baseball Complex, Cueto was sitting in the dugout watching Corcino start a 10 a.m. 'B' game against the Seattle Mariners.
On Monday afternoon, Cueto was on the mound for the day's 'A' game, making his 2012 spring training debut against the Cleveland Indians two innings, one run, two hits, no walks two strikeouts as the Reds pounded and pummeled the Tribe, 12-7.
Corcino was 11-7 with a 3.4...