Hank Conger, the 25th overall pick in the 2006 First Year Player Draft, demonstrated huge raw power as a switch-hitter and improved defense behind the plate for Huntington Beach High School. The 18-year-old graduated on Thursday, signed his contract Friday and will report to Mesa to begin his career with the Arizona League Angels this weekend.
Fourth-rounder Clay Fuller, the younger brother of Rancho Cucamonga Quakes outfielder Cody Fuller, eighth round pick Matthew Sweeney, a high school first baseman from Maryland, and Northeastern University's RHP David Pellegrine all came to terms as well, putting four of the team's top 10 picks under contract before the short-season minor leagues open.
Other position players who signed were catcher Scott Knazek (15th round), infielder Tadd Brewer (17), Loyola Marymount center fielder Chris Pettit (19), shortstop Alex Fonseca (36), and slugging first baseman Gordie Gronkowski (49).
The team also signed college hurlers Timothy Schoeninger (23), Matt Reilly (27), Barett Browning (28), Aaron Cook (35), Eduardo Chile (38), and Doug Brandt (43). Browning and Brandt are left-handers, while the others all throw from the right side.