Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The 3rd ranked prospect looks to stay healthy and put up big #'s in Rancho in '08

By Chuck Richter - Senior Editor

Hank was kind of enough to sit down and relay a little bit about himself to us at yesterday, a day before the #3 ranked prospect heads to Tempe, AZ to show he's healthy and why the Angels made him their #1 pick 2 years ago. Conger battled injuries that have slowed his development, suffering a broken hamate bone in his right hand in his pro debut, sapping his power in '07, followed by missing 6 weeks mid-season with a lower back problem, followed by a hamstring injury entering fall ball. Be that as it may, the Angels have themselves a legitimate switch-hitting power threat from the catching position, which is a rare find.

Well, let's dig in shall we and get to know Hank Conger, a little better.

Q: (Angelswin) When did you start playing baseball?

A: (Hank Conger) I started playing baseball when i was 8

Q: (Angelswin) Who was the most influential in your pursuit to the big leagues?

A: (Hank Conger) My dad was and still is my most influential to me

Q: (Angelswin) What baseball player was your favorite growing up?

A: (Hank Conger) I always like following Alex Rodriguez's career, along with Chan Ho Park

Q: (Angelswin) Team you followed growing up?

A: (Hank Conger) After I moved to Southern California, I became a big Angels fan

Q: (Angelswin) Best 1-game performance in your career to date?

A: (Hank Conger) In Little league, I hit 4 Home Runs- 3 left, 1 right, and I hit 2 in the same inning from both sides of the plate

Q: (Angelswin) What part of your game needs the most improvement?

A: (Hank Conger) I think everything, because in baseball no one is perfect

Q: (Angelswin) What aspect of your game do you take the most pride in?

A: (Hank Conger) I try to make the catching game solid, as handling the pitching staff is the most important thing for me and what I try to pride myself in

Q: (Angelswin) Who impressed you both on the mound and in the batters box while you were with Cedar Rapids last year, and why?

A: (Hank Conger) Our whole pitching staff was awesome last year, and Sean O'Sullivan was an awesome treat to watch pitch

Q: (Angelswin) What was Hank Conger's off-season like?

A: (Hank Conger) It consisted of rehab, weightlifting, all the baseball activities, Yoga, Pilates and as much golf as possible

The lighter side of Hank Conger

Q: (Angelswin) If there is one thing people should know about Hank Conger the person, it is?

A: (Hank Conger) You really have to spend time to get to know me, I'm pretty shy

Q: (Angelswin) What’s your favorite food?

A: (Hank Conger) Any kind of Korean food my mom can cook for me. (Laughs out loud)

Q: (Angelswin) What kind of music do you listen to?

A: (Hank Conger) I like Rap, R & B and anything that sounds good

Q: (Angelswin) What’s your all time favorite movie?

A: (Hank Conger) There's too many to chose from really

Q: (Angelswin) What's your most visited website?

A: (Hank Conger) (Laughs) it consists of (blank)- book and (blank)- space

Q: (Angelswin) What do you like to do besides play baseball, what’s your hobby?

A: (Hank Conger) I love to golf with my pops and play poker with my friends

Q: (Angelswin) What person are you going to call first when you get promoted to the big leagues?

A: (Hank Conger) My parents will definitely get the first call, hopefully their line wont be busy

That's it for now, thank you for your time Hank. We'll be sure to catch up Hank again in Tempe in a few weeks.

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