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Conger headlines AFL participants

Conger headlines AFL participants

ANAHEIM -- Double-A Arkansas catcher Hank Conger, who was the Angels' top pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, will headline seven Angels prospects that will participate in this year's Arizona Fall League.

The seven Minor Leaguers in the Angels' organization are scheduled to play for the Mesa Solar Sox, who will be managed by Marlins third-base coach Bo Porter and will also be composed of top prospects from the Red Sox, Marlins, Cubs and Twins.

The 18th annual Arizona Fall League season begins on Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 19 with the Rising Stars game on Nov. 7 and the championship game set for Nov. 21. Every game can be followed live on Gameday on MLB.com and MLBFallBall.com.

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Conger has re-emerged as a top prospect after suffering several injuries during his first three seasons in the Minors, including a slight tear in the labrum of his throwing shoulder that limited him to just 73 games with High Class A Rancho Cucamonga last season.

But in those 73 games after his injury, Conger batted .303 with 13 home runs and 75 RBIs to re-establish himself as a top catching prospect.

This season, the 21-year-old has fared just as well at Double-A, where he is batting .297 with nine home runs and 62 RBIs in 109 games.

The Arizona Fall League will be important for Conger, as he will have a chance to hone his defensive skills, especially now that he's healthy this year.

Conger will be joined by six other top Angels prospects, including five teammates at Double-A, including outfielder Peter Bourjos, infielder Ryan Mount and right-handers Bobby Cassevah, Tim Kiely and Tommy Mendoza. Right-hander Jeremy Haynes, who has a 3.51 ERA in 35 relief appearances with Rancho Cucamonga, rounds outs the list of the seven prospects.

Bourjos is batting .276 with six home runs and 28 stolen bases at Arkansas while his teammate Mount is batting .226 with four home runs and 27 RBIs.

Meanwhile, Cassevah has a 2.84 ERA in 50 relief appearances with Arkansas, Kiely is 9-7 with 4.74 ERA in 24 starts split between Rancho Cucamonga and Arkansas and Mendoza is 7-8 with a 3.60 ERA in 22 starts with all but two coming with Arkansas.

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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