Catcher Carlos Corporan already knew how tough it was to hit a Yu Darvish pitch.
So Corporan, who was traded to the Rangers from the Astros this winter, wanted to get a close look at Darvish as soon as he could in spring training. He didn’t have to wait long.
He caught Darvish Saturday morning, the first workout for pitchers and catchers this spring. The rest of the team joins them next Thursday.
“It was my pleasure. I’m happy that I’m here and I don’t have to face him now,” Corporan said. “I felt really comfortable with him. We need to build that relationship for the season. I know he has a lot of pitches so I need to do my homework so that he feels comfortable with me.”
Corporan asked to catch Darvish on the first day because he’d heard stories about Darvish being tough to catch. And he already knew, as a hitter, how much Darvish’s pitches can move.
“When you’re catching him at least you know what’s coming,” said Corporan, who hit .235 with six homers and 19 RBIs in 55 games with the Astros in 2014. “When you’re hitting you don’t know what’s coming.”
Plus, the variety of pitches Darvish has can take time for a catcher to get used to.
“When you have that many pitches it’s kind of tough to catch,” he said. “It’s tough hitting, so I can imagine [it’s tough] to catch him. That’s why you have to work and communicate with him as best you can. I want to do my best and get all the knowledge I can to be successful in the season for him. It’s an honor to catch him and be part of this team.”
Stefan Stevenson, 817-390-7760