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Hank Conger | Catcher | #37

Team: Arizona Diamondbacks
Age / DOB:  (29) / 1/29/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 220
Bats / Throws: Switch / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (25) / LAA
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Diamondbacks released C Hank Conger.
Conger, 29, was batting .239/.316/.394 with six homers and 40 RBI over 58 games this season with Triple-A Reno. He'll try to look for a new opportunity with another club. Aug 1 - 11:44 AM

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Hank Conger (oblique) has yet to play this spring.

Conger strained his right oblique early on in camp and is still on the shelf. The non-roster invitee figures to begin the year in extended spring training to rehab his injury.
Mar 14 - 6:13 PM

Steve Gilbert of MLB.com reports that Hank Conger suffered a strained right oblique and is expected to be out "awhile".

Conger is one of a slew of veteran catchers that the Diamondbacks' brought in over the winter to compete for their catching spots. Given the fact that he's likely to miss a large portion of spring training, his chances of winning one of those highly-coveted spots are minimal.
Feb 18 - 1:47 PM

Diamondbacks signed C Hank Conger to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish passes along the monetary numbers. Conger will make $950,000 should he crack the major league roster and could see an additional $450,000 in performance incentives. This past season, the 29-year-old backstop hit a dismal .194/.265/.306 in 124 at-bats with the Rays.
Feb 8 - 5:33 PM

Rays sent C Hank Conger outright to Triple-A Durham.

He cleared waivers after being designated for assignment and will remain in the organization. Conger hit an ugly .194/.265/.306 in 137 plate appearances with the Rays this season.
Fri, Sep 9, 2016 08:37:00 AM

Rays designated C Hank Conger for assignment.

The move clears a spot for September call-up Justin Marks on the 40-man roster. Conger was expected to platoon behind the plate after coming over from the Astros last winter, but he batted just .194/.265/.306 in 137 plate appearances with the Rays this season.
Mon, Sep 5, 2016 05:18:00 PM

Rays optioned C Hank Conger to Triple-A Durham.

Conger has batted just .194/.265/.306 in 137 plate appearances this season while allowing 35 stolen bases in 43 attempts. Curt Casali hasn't been any better offensively, but he does play pretty good defense. Look for Casali to get the bulk of the playing time behind the plate coming out of the All-Star break.
Mon, Jul 11, 2016 08:00:00 AM

Hank Conger has been losing playing time to Curt Casali because he allows too many stolen bases.

Conger usually catches for Chris Archer but Casali got the nod on Monday. Manager Kevin Cash has also been using Casali as a defensive replacement late in games on days when Conger starts. Including wild pitches, Conger hasn't thrown a base-runner out in his last 48 attempts. He's been working to improve that part of his game with catching coach Jamie Nelson. "Right now we’re trying to get the footwork down," said Conger. "Once that happens I think everything else will be fine." Conger hasn't fared much better offensively, hitting only .182 with eight strikeouts in 22 at-bats this year.
Tue, Apr 26, 2016 11:18:00 AM

Hank Conger is starting at catcher and batting ninth for the Rays in Friday's game versus the Orioles.

It's his third start behind the dish versus two starts for Curt Casali. The two should continue to rotate pretty evenly, although Conger figures to play against most righties.
Fri, Apr 8, 2016 03:51:00 PM

Hank Conger is back in the Rays' lineup Tuesday.

Curt Casali go the nod at catcher Monday versus Blue Jays knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Conger should start against most right-handers this year, and young righty Aaron Sanchez is on the bump for Toronto on Tuesday night.
Tue, Apr 5, 2016 03:31:00 PM

Hank Conger will start at catcher for the Rays on Opening Day.

Many thought that it would be Curt Casali, but manager Kevin Cash said that he thought Conger was a better matchup for the Blue Jays' Marcus Stroman. It's a good sign that Conger will start against most right-handers, and he has the potential to be a worthy second fantasy catcher in mixed leagues with that kind of playing time even though he'll bat ninth.
Fri, Apr 1, 2016 11:14:00 AM

Hank Conger delivered a two-run homer and an RBI single to lead a Rays split-squad to a 14-5 win over the Red Sox on Sunday.

It'll be interesting to see what the Rays do with their catcher spot. They traded for Conger and retained Rene Rivera, but Curt Casali seems like he'd be their best option as a starter, as he offers more defense than Conger and more offense than Rivera. Conger's bat makes him the most intriguing of the bunch for fantasy purposes, but he needs to prove he's over last year's throwing woes to be a viable regular.
Sun, Mar 13, 2016 05:23:00 PM

Rays and C Hank Conger avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.

He gets a nice raise in his second year of arbitration eligibility after hitting .229/.311/.448 with 11 homers in 2015. Conger should see most of the starts behind the plate against righties for the Rays in 2016.
Fri, Jan 15, 2016 01:37:00 PM

Rays acquired C Hank Conger from the Astros for cash considerations.

Conger was a non-tender candidate in Houston despite producing a decent .759 OPS and 11 home runs in 73 games (56 starts) this past season for the winners of the American League Wild Card Game. He should see a good amount of action in a platoon rotation with Tampa Bay, but poor defense will continue to prevent him from becoming a regular behind the plate. This won't do much for his fantasy standing.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:40:00 AM

Hank Conger went 2-for-4 with a grand slam and five total RBI in Friday's 8-0 win over the Twins.

Conger blew open a 3-0 game in the fourth inning, stepping to the plate with the bases juiced and unloading on a Mike Pelfrey offering for a grand slam. He also added an RBI single in the eighth inning, just for fun. For a backup catcher, Conger's done a very nice job, particularly in terms of power. The 27-year-old is hitting .220/.314/.457 with 10 homers and 27 RBI over 164 at-bats.
Sat, Sep 5, 2015 12:11:00 AM

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