Astros acquire catcher Hank Conger from Angels


Once upon a time Hank Conger was viewed as the Angels’ long-term answer behind the plate, but the 2006 first-round draft pick never emerged as more than a backup for manager Mike Scioscia and now they’ve traded him to the Astros.

Chris Iannetta’s presence as a full-time catcher allows the Angels to painlessly part ways with Conger and in return they get catcher Carlos Perez and right-hander Nick Tropeano.

Tropeano made his MLB debut in September, starting four games for the Astros after tossing 125 innings with a 3.03 ERA and 120/33 K/BB ratio at Triple-A as a 23-year-old. He has the potential be a middle-of-the-rotation starter, but may wind up in the bullpen.

Perez is 24 years old and has spent the past two seasons at Triple-A, hitting .264 with eight homers and a .692 OPS. He looks like a backup at most.

And that’s really all Conger looks to be at this point, despite some good numbers in the minors. He’ll turn 27 years old in January and has played 251 games in the majors, hitting just .224 with a .648 OPS. He has some power and can draw a walk, which along with good pitch-framing numbers is no doubt why the Astros felt like taking a flier on him.