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Los Angeles Angels MLB News - Angels Baseball Blog » Hank Conger is pushing Jeff Mathis for P.T. behind the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Hank Conger is pushing Jeff Mathis for P.T. behind the plate for the Los Angeles Angels

Blogged under Bloglockers, Front Page, General, Playing Well by chinmusic on Saturday 23 April 2011 at 8:29 am

The Angels felt confident in trading Mike Napoli over the winter because they knew that 23-year old switch hitting catcher Hank Conger was ready to play in the show. He came into the 2011 season as the Angels’ #4 ranked prospect according to Baseball America. Conger has played in 10 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 9 for 29 (.310 avg, .946 OPS) with 5 runs scored, 2 homers and 7 RBIs. He is starting to push 28-year old righty swinging Jeff Mathis for P.T. Mathis is a solid defensive catcher but he’s never been much of a hitter and that has not changed so far this year. Mathis has played in 11 games for the Angels so far this year and he is 8 for 38 (.211 avg, .620 OPS) with 4 runs scored, 1 homer and 5 RBIs. Mathis has only walked 1 time this year while whiffing 13 times, so he’s essentially a hacker that can’t hit. I look for Conger to overtake Mathis as the Angels’ starting catcher before June.

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