Angels go for big power, select Conger
Hank Conger AFLAC Classic 2005

Posted Jun 6, 2006

With the 25th overall pick in the 2006 First Year Player Draft, the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim selected high school slugger Hyun Choi “Hank” Conger. The switch-hitting catcher shows big-time power from the left side of the plate, hitting .449 with 11 homers and 27 RBI’s in 78 at bats.

Scouts have been on the tail of Hammerin’ Hank Conger since he was 12 years old and he has not let them down.

A native of Korea, Conger got his nickname from his grandfather, naming him after Hall of Famer Hank Aaron.

The Angels were impressed with his poise and makeup. But, what sets Conger apart is his power.

"I think some things come natural, such as speed, bat speed and arm strength, although you can improve these things," the switch-hitting Californian explained. "But, I could definitely notice my strength increasing through my high school years, and my workout regiment had become better and more consistent. So, I believe that my power is somewhat a natural talent, but most of it has come from hard work."

There has been some talk of Conger eventually ending up at first base but the Angels are expected to allow him to pursue catcher to begin his career.

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