Hickory, NC - The Texas Rangers, MLB parent club of the Hickory Crawdads, have acquired catcher Carlos Corporan from the Houston Astros in exchange for 2014 'Dads right-handed pitcher Akeem Bostick.
Bostick, 19, paced the Crawdads with 20 games started last season, with the South Carolina native going 5-6 with a 5.17 ERA over 92.1 innings pitched. The 6'4" 180-pound hurler was selected by Texas in the second round of the 2013 MLB Draft. Bostick becomes the second former 'Dad to be traded by the Rangers in as many days, with 2012 Hickory shortstop Luis Sardinas going to the Milwaukee Brewers on Tuesday as part of a package for RHP Yovani Gallardo.
Corporan, 31, was designated for assignment by Houston on Tuesday to make room for free agent OF Cody Rasmus on the Astros major league roster. The switch-hitter batted .235 with 6 homers and 19 RBI in 55 games as the Astros' backup catcher in 2014. He was sidelined with concussion-like symptoms from August 20-September 9. He posted a .992 fielding percentage (3 E/387 TC) behind the plate a year ago, making 48 starts.
Corporan is a career .226 hitter with 17 homers and 63 RBI in 199 major league games with Milwaukee (2009) and Houston (2011-14). He has started 167 games at catcher for the Astros over the last four seasons with a high of 51 starts in 2013. Originally selected by Milwaukee in the 2003 First Year Player Draft, Corporan played in the Brewers and Diamondbacks farm systems before being signed by Houston as a minor league free agent in November 2010.
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