Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market: Hank Conger replaces Bobby Wilson

by Tim Heaney on June 5, 2012 @ 15:50:19 PDT's Fantasy Baseball Diamond Market gives you candid reviews and ratings of fantasy baseball players making MLB news in your rotisserie or head-to-head baseball leagues. Are they trade bait or worth your FAAB dollars in your fantasy baseball games?

Bobby Wilson took a foul ball off his mask Monday night, and he's heading to the seven-day concussion DL. Mike DiGiovanna, of the Los Angeles Times, reports Hank Conger has come up from Triple-A Salt Lake and will bat eighth for the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in tonight's contest.

10-tm mixed Pass
12-tm mixed Consider
15-tm mixed Consider
AL-only Acquire

The backstop just returned to the Bees' lineup last week after an elbow strain kept him out for about a month. He probably would've been a call-up candidate when Chris Iannetta (wrist surgery) hit the DL last month, considering his epic performance at Salt Lake. After a 5-for-18 stretch since resurfacing from the sidelines, he's hitting .338 with two homers and 11 RBIs in 74 at-bats this year.

His power isn't elite, and the Pacific Coast League has likely aided him greatly, but he showed in flashes that his yard-leaving could move toward a high level last year (six taters in 177 at-bats). The 24-year-old's stick is potent enough for him to get by in extended action as a second mixed receiver. The Halos' offense is waking up, too.

Conger's value is tied to Iannetta's recovery, which is expected to take at least a few more weeks. When Iannetta comes back, Conger would likely draw the short straw, considering Mike Scioscia's track record, unless they go with a straight platoon or the switch-hitting pup blows them away. Still, Scioscia could employ a time split if Wilson misses extensive time or skip simply decides an Iannetta-Conger tandem is better.

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