Juan Carlos Corpas Pérez
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 0", Weight 180 lb.
Juan Corpas pitched in the minor leagues for three years.
Corpas was signed by San Diego Padres scouts Robert Rowley and Marcial Del Valle. He was 1-4 with a 5.10 ERA for the 2010 DSL Padres and 2-1 with a save and a 3.34 ERA for the same club in 2011; a teammate both years was Jean Carlos Corpas, whose name differed by one letter. Both would represent their countries in international competition within four years. In 2012, Juan was 4-2 with a save and a 3.03 ERA; his 25 games pitched tied for 7th in the Dominican Summer League.
He finished his minor league career at 7-7, 3.93 with two saves in 52 games (10 starts). In 121 1/3 IP, he had allowed 134 hits and 46 walks while fanning 65. He hit 20 batters and threw 20 wild pitches. He helped the Colombian national team win their first South American Championship, in 2015 to win a spot in the 2015 Pan American Games. In the Pan American Games]], he made three appearances, allowing five hits, five runs and eight walks in 7 2/3 IP; he led the event in walks by two over Elvin García and Andrés Santiago. He did well in a start against Puerto Rico but Puerto Rico rallied to win against the bullpen and Colombia finished winless. He was on the Colombian squad that won Bronze in the 2016 South American Championship, excelling out of the bullpen. In a 7-5 loss to eventual champion Brazil, he threw 5 1/3 shutout innings (2 H, 1 BB, 3 K) but Yesid Salazar and Horacio Acosta were rocked for 7 runs in 3 2/3 IP to ruin his fine work. His .118 opponent average in the round-robin phase ranked 6th in the tournament. In the semifinals, he allowed two hits and fanned one in 1 2/3 shutout innings but the rest of the staff again struggled in a 12-9 upset loss to Argentina.
He started one game for Colombia when they won the 2017 Bolivarian Games, their first Gold in the event in 44 years. He got the nod against Peru and dominated with a 7-inning complete game shutout in a mercy rule win. He allowed only two hits (to Edgar Paredes and Giancarlo Kanashiro) and three walks while whiffing five. He tied Juan Escorcia and Carlos Parra for the most innings without allowing a run in the event.