HOUSTON -- The Astros traded catcher Carlos Corporan to the Rangers on Wednesday, one day after designating the veteran backstop for assignment, for Minor League right-hander Akeem Bostick.
Corporan was the Astros' backup catcher the past four seasons, and last year hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs while playing 55 games. But the Astros traded with the Angels for Hank Conger in the fall, and Corporan's time with Houston was likely over at that point.
"I was hoping to be part of what Houston is doing right now, but it's a business," Corporan told MLB.com. "That news yesterday, when [general manager Jeff] Luhnow called me, caught me off guard, but it is what it is. It's a new beginning for me. And I will try to do my best."
Bostick, 19, was the Rangers' second pick in the 2013 Draft out of West Florence High School in South Carolina. In his two Minor League seasons, he has posted a combined 9-7 record in 35 appearances (26 starts) with a 4.44 ERA, 40 walks and 97 strikeouts in 133 1/3 innings pitched.
He was named the sixth-best prospect in the Rookie-level Arizona League by Baseball America in 2013. A three-sport star in high school, Bostick was named the Florence Morning News Player of the Year as a senior after posting a 10-0 record with 96 strikeouts in 56 innings. He spent the 2014 season with Class A Hickory of the South Atlantic League. Bostick will report to Minor League camp for Spring Training.
Corporan had one career at-bat in the Major Leagues -- a hit in 2009 -- when he was signed by the Astros prior to the 2011 season, and he wound up hitting .224 with 17 homers and 63 RBIs in 198 games in his four seasons with them.
"It was exciting for me because I was part of an organization last year that won 70 games and this year might have a winning record," Corporan said. "I was hoping to be part of that, but it's time to close the chapter and it's a new beginning. I'm excited to play for my new team. And I really like blue."
Brian McTaggart is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, Tag's Lines. Follow @brianmctaggart on Twitter. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.