Carlos Corporán

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Carlos Corporan
Carlos Corporán 2013.jpg
Corporán in 2013
Houston Astros – No. 22
Catcher
Born: (1984-01-07) January 7, 1984 (age 30)
Hato Rey, Puerto Rico
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 6, 2009 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
(through 2014 season)
Batting average .226
Home runs 17
Runs batted in 63
Teams

Carlos Fernando Corporán (born January 7, 1984) is a professional baseball catcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball. After being drafted by the Milwaukee Brewers in 2003, he spent several seasons with minor league teams in their organization. He briefly debuted in the major leagues with the 2009 Brewers. After playing in the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in 2010, Corporán was called back up to the major leagues again with the Astros in 2011.

While Corporán was with the Astros in 2012, his son died following complications of a cardiac defect that had required multiple surgeries.

Early life[edit]

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 career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

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 Diamondbacks[edit]

Corporan in a March 2014 exhibition game

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]

Houston Astros[edit]

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.

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Corporán's 16-month-old son died on October 12, 2012. The team 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."[5]

References[edit]

  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. ^ "Carlos Corporan Statistics and History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved April 1, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Astros Catcher Mourning Loss of 16-month-old Son". The Associated Press. October 13, 2012.

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