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MINOR LEAGUE REPORT

TREVOR BELL, RHP

Orem Owlz, Pioneer League

Bell, the No. 1 pick in the 2005 draft, has led the Owlz to a playoff spot. He is 4-1 with a 3.73 earned-run average, giving up 57 hits and 13 walks in 60 1/3 innings. Bell was drafted from Crescenta Valley High and grew up an Angels fan. His biggest claim to fame so far: His grandfather Bob Bell was one of the people to portray Bozo the Clown on television. Bell was born Oct. 12, 1986, the day the Angels’ Donnie Moore gave up Dave Henderson’s go-ahead home run in Game 5 of the American League championship series.

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HANK CONGER, C

Arizona League Angels

Conger, the Angels’ top pick in this year’s draft, had made an immediate splash, batting .319 and slugging .522 in his first 69 at-bats in the Arizona instructional league. Conger had a scholarship to play baseball at USC, but signed with the Angels from Huntington Beach High. A switch-hitter, Conger’s given name is Hyun Choi, but his grandfather had difficulty pronouncing the name, so he called him Hank after Hank Aaron. Conger was a member of the 2004 USA youth national team and batted .333 in the 2004 Pan-Am Championship qualifier.


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