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George Springer's catch saves game in 10th, then Astros win in 14

  Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season -- on a walk in his 21st plate appearance of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled a pitch...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Hank Conger's homer in 14th sends Astros past Rangers 6-4

ARLINGTON, Texas (AP) Hank Conger hit a two-run homer in the 14th inning following George Springer's game-saving catch in the 10th, and the Houston Astros beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 Sunday. Conger homered after Evan Gattis reached base for the first time this season - on a walk in his 21st at-bat of the year. Robbie Grossman ran for Gattis, but it didn't matter when Conger pulled...
Via AP on Fox
April 12, 2015  |  Discuss

Indians’ Yan Gomes Crosses Up Hank Conger With Juke Slide

Yan Gomes crosses up Hank Conger with the juke move slide pic.twitter.com/j1WzLjeYLb — Cespedes Family BBQ (@CespedesBBQ) April 9, 2015 Nasty crossovers are usually reserved for the game of basketball, but not today. The Cleveland Indians’ Yan Gomes committed some catcher-on-catcher crime this afternoon, faking out Hank Conger at home with a “juke slide.” In the Vine...
Via Busted Coverage
April 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Hernandez caps strong spring, Astros beat Double-A team 7-4

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas (AP) Roberto Hernandez pitched six innings in his longest outing of a successful spring, leading the Houston Astros past their Double-A Corpus Christi affiliate 7-4 on Thursday night. Jed Lowrie, Robbie Grossman and Hank Conger each drove in two runs for the Astros. Carlos Correa, the No. 1 pick in the 2012 draft and the club's top-rated prospect, homered for...
Via AP on Fox
April 02, 2015  |  Discuss

The Angels pitch framing problem

Pitcher framing, so hot right now. If you don’t have a catcher that can frame, then you ain’t cool, homey. In that case, consider the Angels squares because they had a terrific framing catcher in Hank Conger and just up and gave him away. What were they thinking? How can a team survive without a framer? Won’t somebody please think of the Angels pitch framing? But seriously...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 18, 2015  |  Discuss

2015 Player Projection: Chris Iannetta

Chris Iannetta had one of the best years of his career in 2014 and he didn’t even need the Coors Field altitude to do it. Can he repeat his OBP dominance now that he is the undisputed primary catcher for the Angels? What happened in 2014?Chris Iannetta started the season off is a pretty rigid platoon with Hank Conger, as expected. What wasn’t expected is that the platoon would...
Via Monkey with a Halo
March 09, 2015  |  Discuss

Houston Astros Season Preview

As we work towards Opening Day, John Pielli will be previewing each team based on past performance, offseason moves, minor league system, and overall outlook for 2015. Today: the Houston Astros. The Houston Astros are the present example of what the complete rebuilding effort looks like. The Astros started moving players in 2010 and 2011, leaving themselves completely gutted for...
Via Baseball Essential
March 03, 2015  |  Discuss

Fantasy Baseball Team Preview: Houston Astros

The Astros are improving in real life, but in fantasy terms, their hitters are much more interesting than their pitchers. (Note: When a player's fantasy draft status is mentioned - e.g., "he's an SP4" - the number is based on 12-team mixed leagues.) ALSO SEE: TEAM PREVIEWS ARCHIVES Key additions: C Hank Conger, SS Jed Lowrie, 3B Luis Valbuena, OF/C Evan Gattis, SP Dan Straily, RP...
Via Fox Sports
February 20, 2015  |  Discuss

Conger, Castro and Sipp agree to deals with Astros

HOUSTON (AP) The Astros have agreed to one-year contracts with catchers Jason Castro and Hank Conger and left-handed reliever Tony Sipp, avoiding arbitration with the players. Conger, who was acquired from the Los Angeles Angels this offseason, hit .221 with four homers and 25 RBIs in 80 games last season. Castro was Houston's every day catcher last season and hit .222 with 14 home...
Via AP on Fox
January 16, 2015  |  Discuss

Best Christmas Gift Ever!

By Glen McKee, Senior Christmas Correspondent -  ‘Twas the day after Christmas, and all through the house…there were no Angels presents for Glen, which was quite unusual. On a typical day-after-Christmas at the McKee household there are at least a few Angels-related knick-knacks amongst the rest of the Christmas loot: a drinking glass, a t-shirt, a bloated contract for...
Via Angelswin
December 26, 2014  |  Discuss

LA Angels Prospects Countdown #23: Carlos Perez

Acquired from the Astros earlier this winter to compete for the back-up catcher job, let’s find out exactly what the Angels got in Carlos Perez. Carlos Perez In 10 words or less: No idea who you are. New Hank Conger? (Note: Unlike other prospects, this scouting report is based off video and homework and was written before the Angels acquired Drew Butera) Position: C  Born...
Via Monkey with a Halo
December 18, 2014  |  Discuss

AngelsWin.com 2015 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Primer Part II: The Starting Infield

By Robert Cunningham, AngelsWin.com Columnist -  If you were to create a perfect position player what would he look like? Ideally the player would be someone who can hit both LHP and RHP equally well with a high wRC+, plays excellent defense, has sharp athletic instincts, and can steal bases at an efficient rate. Unfortunately there is only one Mike Trout. Finding...
Via Angelswin
November 23, 2014  |  Discuss

Where should catching starved teams look for help?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
Via Bloguin Best
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Where should teams look for help at catcher?

The Toronto Blue Jays didn’t surprise too many people when they threw a whole bunch of money at Ontario native Russell Martin. And as blasphemous as a five-year deal for a catcher heading into his age 32 season may sound, it was probably necessary for them to actually be able to reign him in (even though we all know five years for a catcher heading into his age 32 season is...
Via The Outside Corner
November 20, 2014  |  Discuss

Pirates Go to the Pitch-Framing Well, Add Francisco Cervelli

Did you read the article from a week ago about the Astros trading for Hank Conger? Great, then you’ve already read this article, too. The Pirates just followed a similar path, sending Justin Wilson to the Yankees in exchange for backstop Francisco Cervelli. Wilson’s left-handed and cost-controlled, and he throws hard, so the Yankees see […]
Via Fangraphs
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

Evaluating the Angels’ early trades

In case you have been living under a rock, the Angels have started their winter off with the bang.  The club brought back highly regarded baseball mind and future manager Tim Bogar in a front office role, made one of the biggest international signings in club history by inking 20-year old Cuban infielder Roberto Baldoquin and made a couple of trades, one which sent prospect Mark...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 07, 2014  |  Discuss

Halo Headlines: Angels make two trades, could be suitor for Cuban super prospect Moncada

The November 6th, 2014 edition of daily news for the Los Angeles Angels including Angels make two trades, could be suitor for Cuban super prospect Moncada and much more… The Story: Breaking down the prospects the Angels got in exchange for Hank Conger.The Monkey Says: Tropeano is the big catch in the deal. He isn’t a high ceiling guy, but he gives the Angels young rotation...
Via Monkey with a Halo
November 06, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels acquire two pitchers and a catcher

The Angels and Jerry DiPoto pulled off a pair of trades, where the Halos picked up three players.First trade: Hank Conger to the Houston Astros, Nick Tropeano and Carlos Perez to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Conger, 26, never really lived up to the big expectations of him being the Angels’ top-star catcher.He was a backup to Chris Iannetta, and posted a .235/.301/.364...
Via In The Neutral Zone
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

DiPoto thinks Angels have quietly improved pitching staff

The first Wednesday in November suddenly became a busy one within the Angels organization. The club announced two trades Wednesday. First, the club dealt local product and backup catcher Hank Conger to Houston for pitcher Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez. Soon after, the club announced it acquired former Long Beach State Dirtbag and Los Angeles native, lefty reliever...
Via Fox Sports West
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays trade lefty Cesar Ramos to Angels for minor leaguer

  The Tampa Bay Rays have traded left-hander Cesar Ramos to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league righty Mark Sappington. The deal was made Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Angels traded catcher Hank Conger to Houston for righty Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez. The 30-year-old Ramos pitched 43 games for the Rays last season, including seven starts. He was...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels deal catcher Hank Conger to Astros for two players

  The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBI. Houston general...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Rays trade LHP Ramos to Angels for minor leaguer

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) The Tampa Bay Rays have traded left-hander Cesar Ramos to the Los Angeles Angels for minor league righty Mark Sappington. The deal was made Wednesday. Earlier in the day, the Angels traded catcher Hank Conger to Houston for righty Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez. The 30-year-old Ramos pitched 43 games for the Rays last season, including seven...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels trade C Hank Conger to Astros

The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs. Houston general manager...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Angels trade C Hank Conger to Astros

The Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs. Houston general manager...
Via Fox Sports West
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss

Astros get C Conger from Angels for RHP Tropeano

HOUSTON (AP) The Houston Astros have acquired catcher Hank Conger in a trade with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels got right-hander Nick Tropeano and minor league catcher Carlos Perez in the deal Wednesday. The 26-year-old Conger played 80 games with 70 starts last season for the Angels. A first-round pick in 2006, Conger hit .221 with four homers and a career-high 25 RBIs. Houston...
Via AP on Fox
November 05, 2014  |  Discuss
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