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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