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06/16/2006 6:19 PM ET
Angels sign first-round draft pick catcher Hank Conger
Angels ink 15 draft picks from 2006 First-Year Player Draft
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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- The Angels Friday announced the club has signed former Huntington Beach (CA) High School catcher Hank Conger, the club's first selection (25th pick) in the 2006 First Year Player Draft, to a minor league contract. No terms of the agreement were released. The announcement was made by Angels' Director of Scouting Eddie Bane.

At the same time, Bane also announced the Angels have agreed to terms with 14 additional players selected in the recent 2006 draft, including OF Clay Fuller (4th pick) from Smithson Valley High School in Texas, OF Chris Pettit (19th) of Loyola Marymount University, and LHP Doug Brandt (43rd) of Cal State San Bernardino. The 15 players signed thus far are listed below.

Conger, 18, was named as Gatorade's 2006 California Player of the Year. He batted .449 (.35/78) with 25 runs scored, seven doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 27 RBI, 13 walks and 14 strikeouts in 24 games for the Oilers in 2006. Defensively, Conger owned a .975 fielding percentage, committing just one error in 40 total chances (30 PO, 10 A) in 10 games. A 6-0, 210-pound switch-hitter, he has also played third base, shortstop, first base and outfield.

Conger has been widely honored throughout his prep career, earning 2006 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-American first team honors, 2006 and 2005 Cal Hi Player of the Year, and 2005 AFLAC All-American first team honors. Baseball America selected him as the Best Power Hitter among high school players and ranked him as the fourth-best position player in the 2006 draft (20th overall).

As a 2005 junior, Conger batted .357 (25/70) with seven home runs and 21 RBI, earning All-CIF, Orange County Register All-County and Los Angeles Times first team honors. He also won the 2005 Southland Showcase Home Run Derby. Conger was a member of the 2004 Team USA Youth National Team, batting .333 with 11 RBIs in the 2004 Pan-Am Championship Qualifier for the silver medal-winning US team.

Born Jan. 29, 1988, Conger's first name is Hyun (pronounced "he-YUN") and he is of Korean descent. He was nicknamed Hank by his grandfather (a Georgia native) in honor of former Braves slugger Hank Aaron. Conger hit 34 home runs for the Ocean View (CA) Little League team which fell one win shy of reaching the 2000 Little League World Series. He signed a collegiate letter-of-intent to attend USC.

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