Carlos Corporan

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Carlos Fernando Corporán (born January 7, 1984) is a Puerto Rican professional baseball catcher for the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Houston Astros, and Texas Rangers.

Early life
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.'" Corporán attended Lake City Community College, where he was converted from a shortstop into a catcher.

Professional career
Milwaukee Brewers
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. Corporán returned to Nashville after Rivera returned to playing. After the 2009 season, he filed for free agency.

Arizona Diamondbacks
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.

Houston Astros
On June 10, 2011, Corporán was called up by the Houston Astros to replace back-up catcher Robinson Cancel. 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. He was designated for assignment by the Astros on January 19, 2015.

Texas Rangers
On January 21, 2015, Corporán was traded to the Texas Rangers for minor league pitcher Akeem Bostick. 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 Rays
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. He was released on May 20, 2016, after the team signed J. P. Arencibia.

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

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

Diablos Rojos del México
On January 23, 2018, Corporán signed with the Diablos Rojos del México of the Mexican Baseball League.

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