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1/29/1988 (29 y, 22 d)
2006 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 25, Overall: 25, Team: Los Angeles Angels
$0.2M / 1 Years (2017)
Conger is dealing with a strained right oblique and will sit out from spring training activities, Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports. (2/18/2017)
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Conger is one of the top catching prospects in all of baseball. During his time in the Minor Leagues, the 24-year-old hit from both sides of the plate, walked a good deal and kept his strikeouts to a minimum -- all while hitting for power. The Angels gave him a shot in the majors in 2011, but he was delegated to a backup role and eventually sent back down to Triple-A. Jeff Mathis is out of the way, but the Angels have brought Chris Iannetta into the fold to be the everyday backstop. If Conger can work his way into some playing via injury or poor performance, he has the ability to put up good numbers if he adjusts to big league pitching. He’s worth holding on to in dynasty leagues, but it’s not likely he’ll get enough playing time to be relevant in other formats. (Zach Sanders)
The Quick Opinion:
Conger has a lot of promise, but he’s blocked by Chris Iannetta at the moment. If you can stash him in dynasty leagues, go for it, but he’s not going to be worth having on your roster in other formats this year.
Hank Conger tore up the PCL over the last several seasons with a slash line of .298/.371/.470 roughly 200 games played. That kind of bat hasn't emerged quite yet in about half a season's worth of work at the big league level, with just a .201/.280/.330 line with six home runs in three limited stints with the Angels. Conger is probably going to have to wait another couple years for anything other than a backup role to Chris Iannetta who is signed through 2014. Should opportunity present itself through injury or trade, Conger is definitely someone to think about stashing. He's still just 25 going into 2013, he has demonstrated good patience, excellent contact rates, and decent power at high levels of the minors. Monitor him if you have a need behind the plate.
The Quick Opinion:
Conger is likely to be the backup to Chris Iannetta, so you can't pencil him in for much more than a handful of at bats in 2013. But should opportunity or trade turn him into an everyday backstop, Conger has the kind of pedigree as a hitter that ought to pique your interest, and he would be a good investment in dynasty leagues.
As there was in 2013, there will be a lot of competition between Hank Conger and Chris Iannetta for playing time at catcher. Conger's youth (26), offensive potential, switch-hitting ability, and the prospect that he will sustain the premier
he displayed in 2013 all point to a good chance of the younger catcher seeing significantly more playing time in 2014. 15 home runs out of a catcher -- paired with a decent batting average if his batting average on balls in play ever rises to meet his league-average strikeout rate and isolated power -- is an enticing possibility here. As a hint on when to start him: he caught 3/4 of C.J. Wilson's starts, half of Jered Weaver's, but only a quarter of Garret Richards'. Figure him to finish around the high 20s in fantasy catcher rankings, with the upside to push that to the low teens if the team flips Iannetta, who only has one more year left on his contract. As always with catchers, a major injury could also push Conger to the fore. (Steve Staude)
The Quick Opinion:
Conger should put up respectable numbers for a catcher, but he'll probably only start around half of the time.
The Astros may have landed a steal in trading for exceptional pitch-framing catcher Hank Conger this offseason, but the move may not do much for Conger’s fantasy value. With the Angels, Conger split time with a superior hitting catcher in Chris Iannetta. In Houston, he potentially will deal with the same issue opposite Jason Castro. Castro’s offensive numbers fell back to earth in 2014 because of a 57-point regression to his batting average on balls in play, but his power potential and solid defense will likely keep him in the lineup regularly unless his strikeout totals become a bigger problem. For Conger, that creates a likely 300-plate-appearance cap. And even if he were a full-time catcher, Conger’s ceiling is 10 home runs and little else for fantasy purposes. (Scott Spratt)
The Quick Opinion:
Conger may have slightly improved his fantasy outlook now that he is sharing time with Jason Castro in Houston rather than Chris Iannetta in Los Angeles, but he offers little fantasy upside.
By no fault of his hitting prowess, the story about Hank Conger the last couple years has been about what he does behind the plate. Last year, it was about Conger's position as one of the game's elite pitch framers, and the Astros making a sneaky-valuable acquisition of Conger's strike-stealing ability. Now, it's the Rays who have acquired Conger -- classic Rays move -- but the most interesting thing about Conger's defense may no longer be the framing. It may be that he threw out exactly one baserunner in 43 tries last year, the lowest rate since caught stealing began being tracked in 1956. The last 37 runners have been successful against Conger and his batterymate. It's a legitimate concern for Conger's employer, Conger provides enough value by stealing strikes and hitting at a league-averageish or slightly-below clip to justify his position on a roster. In Tampa Bay, the catcher situation is a bit crowded, with Conger joining incumbents Curt Casali and Rene Rivera, and his flaws, both in controlling the run game and hitting left-handed pitching, will likely prevent Conger from ever having a substantial role as a team's primary catcher. He's a nifty backup, though moreso in real life than fantasy. (
The Quick Opinion:
Conger is a charmingly unique player: a switch-hitting catcher with a decent bat, elite framing abilities and an absolute noodle for an arm. He's also got an infectious personality and a penchant for doing the robot. If your league awards points for the robot, draft the hell out of Hank Conger.
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