Nine years ago, Grant Green, Hank Conger and Mark Trumbo were among Orange County’s brightest young baseball stars. It’s still true. When the Angels recalled Green from Triple-A Salt Lake on Tuesday, it reunited the former Anaheim Canyon star with Conger (Huntington Beach) and Trumbo (Villa Park) in the same clubhouse.
Their paths in amateur baseball overlapped just enough that there are a few stories.
Trumbo remembers pitching once to Green once in high school, when he was a senior and Green was a sophomore.
“He hit a double off me to right-center field,” Trumbo said. “You should ask him about that.”
“I remember that,” Green said. “I’m surprised he remembers it.”
Green recalled that Trumbo had a mid-90s fastball at the time. “He was the big name pitcher that we had to face.” Villa Park advanced to the CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinals in Trumbo’s senior year of 2004.
The following year, Green’s junior season, Canyon advanced to the second round of the Division 2 playoffs before bowing out. Canyon was eliminated in the third round in 2006.
But Green had bigger plans. He was being recruited heavily by USC. So was Conger, who played with Green in travel showcases as a 9- and 10-year-old.
“We were going to be roommates together at ‘SC,” Conger said. “After I signed and was in the minors, we would text each other. He would joke ‘you left me.’
“Now that we’re batting back to back, it’s pretty cool.”
“You always want to play for the hometown team,” he said. “It’s kind of weird that it happened in a trade.”