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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP
5 768 .224 .294 .353 .241 1.6
Birth Date1-29-1988
Height6' 2"
Weight220 lbs
BatsB
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2010 ANA 22 13 34 29 2 5 1 1 0 8 5 9 0 0 0 5 0 0 .172 .294 .276 .218 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2011 ANA 23 59 197 177 14 37 8 0 6 63 17 37 1 0 2 19 0 0 .209 .282 .356 .241 3.1 -0.5 0.3
2012 ANA 24 7 22 18 0 3 0 0 0 3 1 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 .167 .238 .167 .161 -1.3 0.1 -0.1
2013 ANA 25 92 255 233 23 58 13 1 7 94 17 61 4 1 0 21 0 1 .249 .310 .403 .259 8.9 -0.2 0.9
2014 ANA 26 80 260 231 24 51 12 0 4 75 22 57 2 1 4 25 0 2 .221 .293 .325 .232 4.6 0.7 0.6
Career2517686886315434217243621648377103.224.294.353.24114.60.01.6

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2006 ANG Rk 19 76 .334 .290 .380 .411 .285 .368 99 5.9 2.2 -0.2 -0.2 0.3 7.5 0.7 7.5 0.7
2007 CDR A 84 320 .306 .250 .324 .373 .259 .313 94 16.5 9.9 4.3 -1.2 -3.9 25.1 2.4 25.1 2.4
2007 ANG Rk 3 15 .226 .272 .382 .375 .280 .333 108 -0.6 0.5 0.1 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2008 RCU A+ 73 318 .303 .277 .341 .423 .272 .336 100 14.9 9.5 -4.5 -0.1 -1.2 17.5 1.7 17.5 1.7
2009 ARK AA 123 524 .279 .268 .343 .396 .251 .325 106 10.5 14.8 3.3 -2.0 -3.0 21.8 2.1 21.8 2.1
2010 ANA MLB 13 34 .218 .252 .318 .408 .252 .250 103 -1.4 0.9 0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1 -0.7 -0.1
2010 SLC AAA 108 452 .297 .275 .347 .429 .267 .325 101 18.8 13.9 4.2 -1.5 -1.3 34.5 3.2 34.5 3.2
2011 ANA MLB 59 197 .241 .252 .314 .392 .257 .231 95 -3.8 5.3 3.1 -0.5 0.3 3.1 0.3 3.1 0.3
2011 SLC AAA 27 114 .270 .276 .348 .433 .261 .325 113 1.3 3.5 1.2 0.5 -0.9 6.4 0.7 6.4 0.7
2012 ANA MLB 7 22 .161 .258 .321 .407 .270 .158 87 -2.1 0.6 0.4 0.1 -0.2 -1.3 -0.1 -1.3 -0.1
2012 SLC AAA 67 288 .273 .291 .351 .452 .276 .329 106 4.2 8.6 4 0.1 1.4 17.2 1.7 17.2 1.7
2013 ANA MLB 92 255 .259 .252 .317 .398 .265 .307 97 -0.2 6.7 3.4 -0.2 -0.2 8.9 0.9 8.9 0.9
2014 ANA MLB 80 260 .232 .255 .315 .399 .266 .275 96 -6.8 6.7 4 0.7 0.8 4.6 0.6 4.6 0.6

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2006 ANG Rk 76 11 22 3 4 1 11 7 11 1 0 .319 .382 .522 .203 .334 7.5 -0.2 0.7
2007 CDR A 320 33 84 20 0 11 48 21 48 9 4 .290 .340 .472 .183 .306 25.1 -1.2 2.4
2007 ANG Rk 15 2 4 1 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 .267 .267 .333 .067 .226 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2008 RCU A+ 318 47 89 20 2 13 75 14 55 2 1 .303 .341 .517 .214 .303 17.5 -0.1 1.7
2009 ARK AA 524 61 135 20 3 11 68 55 68 4 2 .295 .371 .424 .129 .279 21.8 -2.0 2.1
2010 ANA MLB 34 2 5 1 1 0 5 5 9 0 0 .172 .294 .276 .103 .218 -0.7 -0.1 -0.1
2010 SLC AAA 452 56 116 26 2 11 49 55 58 0 2 .300 .384 .463 .163 .297 34.5 -1.5 3.2
2011 ANA MLB 197 14 37 8 0 6 19 17 37 0 0 .209 .282 .356 .147 .241 3.1 -0.5 0.3
2011 SLC AAA 114 14 30 4 0 5 26 12 18 0 0 .300 .375 .490 .190 .270 6.4 0.5 0.7
2012 ANA MLB 22 0 3 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .167 .238 .167 .000 .161 -1.3 0.1 -0.1
2012 SLC AAA 288 48 78 17 0 10 42 19 49 2 0 .295 .347 .473 .178 .273 17.2 0.1 1.7
2013 ANA MLB 255 23 58 13 1 7 21 17 61 0 1 .249 .310 .403 .155 .259 8.9 -0.2 0.9
2014 ANA MLB 260 24 51 12 0 4 25 22 57 0 2 .221 .293 .325 .104 .232 4.6 0.7 0.6

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 124 0.5161 0.4274 0.7925 0.5781 0.2667 0.8649 0.6250 0.2075
2011 734 0.4877 0.4796 0.8125 0.6229 0.3431 0.8879 0.6822 0.1875
2012 74 0.5000 0.3919 1.0000 0.5946 0.1892 1.0000 1.0000 0.0000
2013 1018 0.4548 0.4646 0.7442 0.6328 0.3243 0.8157 0.6278 0.2558
2014 1014 0.4684 0.4517 0.7817 0.6295 0.2950 0.8629 0.6289 0.2162
Career29640.47130.46050.78230.6260.31310.85640.65080.2169

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-04-22 2012-05-31 Minors 39 36 Right Elbow - -
2011-03-06 2011-03-09 Camp 3 0 Right Forearm Tightness -
2010-07-20 2010-07-31 Minors 11 0 Right Shoulder Strain Rotator Cuff -
2008-04-03 2008-05-31 Minors 58 0 Not Disclosed -
2007-06-18 2007-07-26 Minors 38 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 HOU $
2014 ANA $517,500
2013 ANA $495,000
2011 ANA $414,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$909,000
2011Current$517,500
4 yrPvs + Cur$1,426,500
4 yrTotal$1,426,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
2 y 51 d1 year/$0.5175M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$0.5175M (2014). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/4/14. Acquired by Houston in trade from LA Angels 11/5/14.
  • 1 year/$0.495M (2013). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/2/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/3/12.
  • 1 year/$0.414M (2011). Re-signed by LA Angels 3/1/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by LA Angels 9/7/10.
  • Drafted 2006 (1-25) (Huntington Beach HS, Calif.). $1.35M signing bonus.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-05-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any updates on how soon Hank Conger will be back? If soon, do you see him coming up quickly while Iannetta is on the DL?
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
Word is he should be back playing in a week and a half or so. As long as the Halos like what they see, I think he'll be in LA shortly after that. With the team needing to make waves, they can't be happy with Bobby Wilson as their catcher. (Derek Carty)
2011-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Did the Rangers really screw up by not trading one of Salty, Ramirez and Teagarden when their values were all high?
(rwinter from Boston)
In the sense that they didn’t trade prospects who flopped, sure. You could say that about every team and every prospect who flopped. Did the Angels err in not trading Brandon Wood when he was a top-10 prospect? In retrospect, of course, but there was no way of knowing that.

The fact that all three of those players flopped in their own ways supports the decision to keep all of them, though, instead of treating them as depth. Catchers have a brutal attrition rate. Baseball America’s top 100 in 2000 included six catchers: Eric Munson, Ben Petrick, Matt LeCroy, Jayson Werth (Orioles), Steve Lomasney, Ryan Christianson. In 2001: Joe Lawrence, Dane Sardinha, Brandon Inge, J.R. House. In 2002: Mauer, Josh Phelps, House, John Buck, Werth (Blue Jays), Victor Martinez. In 2003: Mauer, Martinez, Jeff Mathis, Justin Huber, Buck.

In 2007, when the Rangers had to make this decision, Kevin Goldstein ranked the catchers in the minors. He named 17 players. These are the 17:

Jeff Clement
Bryan Anderson
J.R. Towles
Teagarden
Hank Conger
John Jaso
Ramirez
Nick Hundley
Tony Recker
Jesus Montero
Brett Hayes
Francisco Hernandez
Lou Palmisano
Landon Powell
Shawn Riggans
Jamie Skelton
Brian Jeroloman

Out of those 17, there are basically one and a half every day catchers, maaaaaaybe another one in Hank Conger, and a DH. We thought the Rangers had three catchers, plus Gerald Laird. In fact, they had Gerald Laird.

Also:
2007 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “When Teagarden is behind the dish, he’s one of the top defensive catchers around. If he can stay there, he’s Mickey Tettleton with defensive chops.”
2008 Baseball Prospectus Annual: “If you want to get really dreamy and optimistic, think Mickey Tettleton with Gold Glove-level skills, and you get the picture.”

This is why comps are the best/worst. (Sam Miller)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Mike Scioscia crazy or is Hank Conger's defense really that bad? Would the rest of the league just live with it because the bat is so good?
(Aaron from YYZ)
Well, I don't know if the bat is THAT good, but the total package is obviously a much better one than Jeff Mathis. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-04-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)What's the book on Hank Conger? Think he'll stick? I don't know if Scioscia can quit Jeff Mathis.
(PS from NJ)
He's above-average offensively, but below average defensively. I think Scioscia's preference is for a catch with D, which could hurt him. Obviously, he's more valuable than Mathis. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-02-22 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which is the better nickname for eventual Angels catcher Hank Conger - King Conger, Hammerin' Hank, or Mike Scioscia squashed my dreams and won't let me play?
(Chad from Pasadena)
Bong Conger would be a great nickname. Speaking of, its time I end the chat here. 3:15 minutes and I want to go on, but I have to eat something, change my diaper, fee my cats, worship the Lord, and record a podcast. Thanks for all the great questions. Sorry that I left so many on the shelf. Next time. Lo mejor--JP (Jason Parks)
2010-12-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Need a 2nd opinion on this trade: Cliff Lee, Nick Swisher, Hank Conger for David Price, Aaron Hill and Matt Wieters.
(Jquinton82 from NY)
I'm just going to use this as an example. People -- I have no problem evaluating fantasy trades, but you need to tell me how your team is set up, what type of league it is, etc. Otherwise I have no idea. All trades need context to be properly valued. (Eric Seidman)
2010-07-01 14:00:00 (link to chat)Kevin, any updates on Hank Conger's defense? can he stick at C in the majors? what kind of power numbers can he ultimately put up?
(Matt from PA)
He's a funny guy to talk about, because him being good enough defensively to stick in the majors and him being good enough defensively to play every day for Mike Scioscia are two entirely different things. He's a below-average, but not horrible defender, but I'm not sure that's enough for that team. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-04-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any prospect in baseball with a worse match of skills vs organization than Hank Conger as a good bat/questionable glove catcher on the Angels?
(Aaron from YYZ)
Excellent point of the day goes to . . . Aaron! (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-01-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi CK - Love it! Any prospects that you have unexplained affinities for?
(iorg34 from Minny)
Todd Frazier, because the bat will play. I find myself hoping Zack Cozart gets taken seriously, given that Paul Janish isn't really a solution, and I'm interested in how Tommy Manzella pans out. It's hard not to like Scott Sizemore and Alex Avila for the Tigers. I'm interested in seeing how Jose Ceda's comeback goes. I think this is the year for Brandon Wood, or at least I hope so. I root for Hank Conger. I'm more fond of Ian Desmond and Shairon Martis than probably makes sense. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-09-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)What does Hank Conger's future look like? I watched him all year and can't imagine a MLB team would be OK with his defense, but can he handle 1b or OF? I can't imagine he's quick enough for LF.
(biglou115 from Arkansas)
You are correct in everything you said here, and that's why he's a bit of a conundrum. He really kind of does have to catch for it to work out. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)What is the view on Hank Conger? He's been hitting well (not super) in the Texas League and playing a lot of catcher. Can he stay behind the plate? Will he hit for above average power?
(Scott from St. Louis)
His future depends on staying at catcher, and there's still work to be done there. (Kevin Goldstein)
2008-11-03 13:30:00 (link to chat)Christina! Thanks, as always, for the chat. How much value should teams place on the defense of their backup catcher? Would it create valuable roster flexibility for a team to have a guy like Ryan Garko or Jayson Werth or Josh Willingham catch one day a week? Or is that just re-arranging the deck chairs? I’m also wondering if this would preserve some of the positional value of prospects who just don’t look like they can catch every day, such as Jeff Clement or Hank Conger.
(Rob from Alaska)
You're talking to somebody who fell in love with everything about catchers back when you had backups like Johnny Wockenfuss and Bill Schroeder, guys who really weren't much behind the plate, but gave you something in the lineup, and who hit well enough to have value DHing or playing some first base. (Naturally, that makes me a Chris Coste fan. Jim Leyritz too, for that matter.) While a guy as big and as fragile as Werth would give me pause, I think it makes plenty of sense in Garko's case. I wonder about Willingham, but in part that's because I sort of fancy the notion that he could grow up to be the next Brian Downing. (Christina Kahrl)
2008-09-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any idea whether the Angels have officially moved Hank Conger off of Catcher this year? He seems to have been DH'ing a lot this season, although he was also returning from some shoulder injuries.
(Aaron from YYZ)
This one's a better question for Kevin Goldstein. I was under the impression that the shoulder injury was the main driving force there. I wish someone did what Will Carroll does, just covering the minors. (Derek Jacques)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2010 658 -4 -0.7 -6.9 313 0.6 0.1 3.1 -0.5 -3.8
2011 4055 -5 -0.4 -0.8 2222 2.5 0.7 2.2 0.3 1.4
2012 458 5 0.3 4.2 257 0.0 0.0 0.2 0.3 4.4
2013 5038 132 14.9 20.7 2950 -0.1 -0.1 -0.1 14.8 20.6
2014 5815 140 18.9 22.8 3159 -7.2 -2.0 -4.5 16.9 18.3
total 16024 255 30.5 13.3 8901 -0.4 -0.2 -0.2 30.3 13.2

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