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Hyun Choi Conger

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Catcher Hank Conger made his major league debut in 2010. He then became one of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim's catchers in 2011, sharing the workload with Jeff Mathis early in the seasons, until he was sent down to the minors in mid-July.

He was born in the state of Washington and attended high school in Huntington Beach, CA, not far from where the Angels have their stadium. Hank was selected by the Angels in the first round of the 2006 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Bobby DeJardin and made his pro debut that summer with the AZL Angels, where he hit .319 in 19 games.

He spent five seasons in the minors, typically hitting around .300 with moderate power.

In the 2010 Futures Game, Conger won the Larry Doby Award as the MVP. Starting at catcher for the USA and hitting sixth, he lined out in his first at-bat, facing Simon Castro in the first inning. In the fourth, he flew out against Alexander Torres. In the bottom of the fifth, he came up with Mike Trout and Eric Hosmer aboard, a 2-1 US lead and two outs. Facing Henderson Alvarez, he homered to right field for the game's big blow. He was replaced at catcher by Austin Romine.

Through 2010, the only other major league player with the last name Conger has been a pitcher from the 1940s, Dick Conger.

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