Hank Conger

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Hank Conger
Hank Conger on March 22, 2016.jpg
Conger with the Tampa Bay Rays
Free agent
Catcher
Born: (1988-01-29) January 29, 1988 (age 30)
Federal Way, Washington
Bats: Switch Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 11, 2010, for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim
MLB statistics
(through July 19, 2016)
Batting average.221
Home runs31
Runs batted in114
Teams
Korean name
Hangul
최현
Revised RomanizationChoe Hyeon
McCune–ReischauerD'oe Hyŏn

Hyun "Hank" Conger (born January 29, 1988) is an American professional baseball catcher who is currently a free agent. Conger was selected in the first round, with the 25th overall selection, of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He previously played for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, Houston Astros, and the Tampa Bay Rays. He is of Korean descent.

Early life[edit]

Conger was born in Federal Way, Washington, but was raised in Huntington Beach, California. Conger's mother, Eun, immigrated from South Korea in 1986 and his father, Yun, was adopted from Korea by a United States Navy sergeant and raised in the United States.[1][2]

Conger originally played basketball due to his size, but began playing baseball at the age of eight and turned his focus there instead. Conger graduated from Huntington Beach High School in 2006, where he was a second team All-American and Gatorade Player of the Year.[3] Conger had planned to attend the University of Southern California if he had not been drafted in the first round.[1]

Professional career[edit]

Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim[edit]

The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected Conger in the first round, with the 25th overall selection, of the 2006 Major League Baseball draft. He was selected to represent the United States in the 2010 All-Star Futures Game. He hit a three-run home run, earning him MVP honors.[4]

He was promoted to the major leagues as part of September call-ups on September 7, 2010.[5] He made his major league debut on September 11, 2010, as a pinch hitter for Hideki Matsui. His first hit in the major leagues came off of Cleveland Indians pitcher Jeanmar Gómez on September 15, 2010.[6] His first home run came off of Jeff Niemann on April 5, 2011.

On July 19, 2011, Conger was optioned to the Salt Lake Bees of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League (PCL) to make room on the Angels' active roster for Tyler Chatwood. At the time, Conger was hitting .194 and opponents had been successful at stealing bases 48 out of 56 attempts against him. On August 18, 2011, the Angels recalled Conger.[7]

Houston Astros[edit]

On November 5, 2014, the Angels traded Conger to the Houston Astros in exchange for Nick Tropeano and Carlos Perez.[8] Despite hitting 11 homers in a part time role for the Astros, Conger did not control the running game.

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On December 2, 2015, the Tampa Bay Rays acquired Conger for cash considerations.[9] Conger opened the 2016 season in a platoon with Curt Casali.[10] Conger hit .194 before being optioned to the Durham Bulls on July 11, 2016.[11]

Arizona Diamondbacks[edit]

Conger signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks in February 2017.[12] He played in 58 games for the Reno Aces of the PCL, and batted .238. The Diamondbacks released Conger in July 2017.[13]

Pericos de Puebla[edit]

On May 4, 2018, Conger signed with the Pericos de Puebla of the Mexican Baseball League. He was released on July 11, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Gonzalez, Alden (May 10, 2013). "Angels catcher Hank Conger's mother marvels at son's MLB dream". Los Angeles Angels. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  2. ^ Whicker, Mark (25 December 2006). "An Angel's life told as an American story". Orange County Register. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  3. ^ "Where are they now — featured people". Cooperstown Dreams Park, Inc. 2010. Archived from the original on 2014-07-24. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  4. ^ "Hank Conger's 3-run homer lifts U.S. team to Futures win - ESPN". Sports.espn.go.com. 2010-07-12. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  5. ^ Drellich, Evan (2010-09-06). "Trumbo, Conger among Angels' callups | angelsbaseball.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved 2010-09-07.
  6. ^ Spencer, Lyle (2010-09-15). "Conger, Weaver team up to top Indians". MLB. MLB.com. Retrieved 2010-09-15.
  7. ^ Ely, David (2011-08-20). "Conger competing in Halos' catching logjam". MLB. MLB.com. Retrieved 2014-07-12.
  8. ^ "Rays trade LHP Ramos to Angels for minor leaguer". ESPN. Associated Press. 2014-11-05. Retrieved 2014-11-05. Earlier in the day, the Angels traded catcher Hank Conger to Houston for righty Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez.
  9. ^ Rays trade for Astros catcher Hank Conger. Tampa Bay Times.
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  12. ^ http://www.azcentral.com/story/sports/mlb/diamondbacks/2017/02/18/arizona-diamondbacks-catcher-hank-conger-out-oblique-strain/98097670/
  13. ^ http://www.latimes.com/socal/daily-pilot/sports/tn-dpt-sp-milb-update-20170804-story.html

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