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Carlos Fernando Corporán (born January 7, 1984) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers.

Carlos Corporán
Carlos Corporán on March 19, 2016.jpg
Corporán with the New York Yankees
Free agent
Catcher
Born: (1984-01-07) January 7, 1984 (age 33)
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 2009, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
(through 2015 season)
Batting average .218
Hits 153
Home runs 20
Runs batted in 78
Teams

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Early lifeEdit

Corporán was born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico on January 7, 1984. He said that he wanted to play baseball from an early age. "Even at school, when they gave us homework where you had to pick a career, doctor or dentist or whatever, I would choose baseball. My teacher told me, 'That's not a real career.' I said, 'That's what I'm going to do. I'm a baseball player.'"[1] Corporán attended Lake City Community College, where he was converted from a shortstop into a catcher.[1]

Professional careerEdit

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

Corporán was drafted by Milwaukee in the 12th round of the 2003 Major League Baseball Draft. In 2003, he played for their Rookie-League Helena Brewers and Arizona Brewers. He was promoted to the Class-A Beloit Snappers in 2004; he stayed in Class-A in 2005, but with the West Virginia Power. In 2006 and 2007, Corporán split his time between the Class-A Advanced Brevard County Manatees and the Double-A Huntsville Stars.

He started the 2008 season in Huntsville, but was later promoted to the Triple-A Nashville Sounds. In early 2009, he served as a backup catcher in Nashville before being called up to Milwaukee when backup catcher Mike Rivera sprained his ankle. In his only plate appearance for Milwaukee, he got his first hit in the majors off of shortstop Paul Janish.[1] Corporán returned to Nashville after Rivera returned to playing. After the 2009 season, he filed for free agency.

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit

He was signed to a minor league contract by the Arizona Diamondbacks on December 4, 2009. He also received an invitation to spring training as part of the contract. In 2010, Corporán played for the class AAA Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. In 87 games, he hit for a .290 batting average, 12 home runs and 50 runs batted in.[2]

 
Corporán playing for the Houston Astros in 2011

Houston AstrosEdit

On June 10, 2011, Corporán was called up by the Houston Astros to replace back-up catcher Robinson Cancel.[3] Corporan was later removed from the 40-man roster, but had his contract purchased again on July 15, 2012.[4]

In 2013, Corporán appeared in a career-high 64 major league games. He hit for a .225 batting average with 7 home runs and 20 RBI.[5] He was designated for assignment by the Astros on January 19, 2015.[6]

Texas RangersEdit

 
Corporán during his tenure with the Texas Rangers in 2015

On January 21, 2015, Corporán was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Akeem Bostick.[7][8] In 33 games for the Rangers, he batted .178/.244/.299, hitting 3 home runs and driving in 15 runs. His season ended prematurely after suffering a thumb injury in mid-July. On October 26, 2015, he refused a minor league assignment by the Rangers and instead, opted for free agency.

Tampa Bay RaysEdit

On January 26, 2016, Corporán signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees, with an invite to spring training. On April 2, 2016, Corporán was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for cash considerations.[9] He was released on May 20, 2016, after the team signed J. P. Arencibia.[10]

Miami MarlinsEdit

On May 25, 2016, Corporán signed a minor league contract with the Miami Marlins.[11] He was released on August 1, 2016.

Chicago CubsEdit

On January 7, 2017, Corporán signed a minor league contract with the Chicago Cubs.[12] He was released on April 29, 2017.

Personal lifeEdit

Corporán's 16-month-old son died on October 12, 2012. The Astros organization said that Carlos Corporán Jr. had undergone four heart surgeries since his birth in June 2011. The team released a statement offering its condolences to the Corporán family, calling the boy's battle with serious health issues "an inspiration to so many of us."[13][14]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c Campbell, Steve. "Castro's injury opens door for Astros backup Corporan". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Carlos Corporan Minor League Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  3. ^ McTaggart, Brian (2011-06-10). "Astros buy Corporan's contract, demote Cancel". Astros.com. Retrieved 2011-06-10. 
  4. ^ "Lowrie, Castro placed on disabled list". Chicago Tribune. Reuters. July 15, 2012. Retrieved January 23, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Carlos Corporan Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Rangers fill 2 big voids with trades for pitcher and catcher". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Astros trade Corporan to Rangers for minor leaguer". ESPN.com. Associated Press. January 21, 2015. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  8. ^ McTaggart, Brian (January 21, 2015). "Astros acquire righty Bostick in exchange for Corporan". MLB.com. Retrieved January 22, 2015. 
  9. ^ "Yankees' Carlos Corporan: Dealt to Rays". cbssports.com. April 2, 2016. Retrieved April 2, 2016. 
  10. ^ Todd, Jeff (May 20, 2016). "Rays Release Carlos Corporan". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 20, 2016. 
  11. ^ Adams, Steve (May 25, 2016). "Marlins, Carlos Corporan Agree To Minor League Deal". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved May 25, 2016. 
  12. ^ Wilmoth, Charlie (January 7, 2017). "Minor MLB Transactions: 1/7/17". mlbtraderumors.com. Retrieved January 7, 2017. 
  13. ^ Simon, Andrew. "Astros mourn the passing of Corporan's son". MLB.com. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 
  14. ^ "Son of Astros' Carlos Corporan dies". ESPN.com. Associated Press. October 13, 2012. Retrieved January 24, 2015. 

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