The Final 2012 Angels Player Power Rankings

For the finals rankings of the season, the rankings will be based on their entire body of work this season with only a slight emphasis on how they finished the year..

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 Mike Trout – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutI don't care what the BBWAA says, you're the MVP to me.
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Instead of wondering what the Angels could've done with one more month of Trout, I can't help but wonder what the Angels would've done had Weaver not missed four starts.
3 Albert Pujols – 0
Last Week: 3
Albert Pujols – Statistically, he had a strong year by normal standards, but by Pujols standards, it was the worst season of his career.  On a completely unrelated note, he now has  "just" nine years left on his contract.
4 Torii Hunter green arrow up+1
Last Week: 5
Torii Hunter – The #KeepTorii moevement looks like it is going to work.  I can't wait until the second year of his forthcoming new contract when #BenchTorii starts trending… I kid, I kid… or do I?
5 Zack Greinke Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Zack Greinke - Just remember Zack, we are the ones that wanted you first.  We are the ones that sacrificed for you.  Plus, I think you look handsome in red.  Blue is just such an unflattering color. (That being said, he drops a spot as a penalty for not being an Angel all season long.)
6 Erick Aybar green arrow up+1
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - It was another season of Angels fans fostering their love-hate relationship with Aybar, but I like to think this year was more love than hate.
7 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 6
Kendrys Morales - I've never been more happy to be so wrong about a pre-season prediction for a player.  Now if we could just do something to convince him to switch agents before he reaches free agency after 2013.
8 Ernesto Frieri green arrow up+4
Last Week: 12
Ernesto Frieri – As much crap as Ernie took for his blown saves down the stretch, just imagine where the Angels would've been had he never been acquired, unless you have a weak stomach.
9 Mark Trumbo green arrow up+7
Last Week: 16
Mark Trumbo - After a promising start, we have once again been damned to another off-season of wondering if Trumbo is actually good and wondering what defensive position he will play next season.  The more things change, the more they stay the same.
10 Scott Downs green arrow up+5
Last Week: 15
Scott Downs - OK, fine, I'll say it.  Is anyone else feeling uneasy about Downs raking in $5 million next season?
11 Howie Kendrick – 0
Last Week: 11
Howie Kendrick – Can you have a de-breakout season?  If so, I'm pretty sure Howie Kendrick just did it.
12 Dan Haren Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 10
Dan Haren - For the record, I have absolutely no problem with using Haren's guilt against him to dupe him into signing a deeply discounted new contract with the Angels.  What can I say, I was raised Catholic and learned at a young age that guilt is a weapon.
13 Chris Iannetta Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 9
Chris Iannetta - If only Mike Scioscia learned to put his faith in a slugging, slightly chubby, poorly-shaven, shaky defensive catcher of Italian ancestry two years ago.
14 Kevin Jepsen Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 13
Kevin Jepsen - I don't care how good he was in the second half, the Angels are playing with fire if they go into next season with him slotted as their primary right-handed setup man.
15 C.J. Wilson green arrow up+2
Last Week: 17
C.J. Wilson - Repeat after me, "It was just the bone spurs.  C.J. will be fine next season.  It was just the bone spurs!  IT WAS JUST THE BONE SPURS!!!"
16 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 14
Alberto Callaspo - In a weird way, Callaspo may have had a season just bad enough to save him from getting too expensive to keep but also just barely good enough to be given another shot at being the designated seat warmer at third base until Kaleb Cowart is ready.
17 Ervin Santana Red arrow down-9
Last Week: 8
Ervin Santana - It is only fitting that he crapped the bed in his final start and essentially snuffed out the Angels' playoff hopes in the process.  Enjoy Kansas City or Minnesota or whatever other baseball purgatory free agency leads you to.
18 Jordan Walden green arrow up+4
Last Week: 22
Jordan Walden - I am now taking bets on how many season it takes for some endeavorous pitching coach to get through to Walden and convince him that jumping in the middle of your delivery might not be conducive to him being a consistently effective reliever.  The "when he signs with Tampa" option has been taken off the board though, sorry.
19 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+5
Last Week: 24
Maicer Izturis - Before the season, it was assumed that Izturis would be too expensive to keep.  At the end of the season, it isn't certain that the Angels even want to keep him.
20 Garrett Richards Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Garrett Richards – While he had his ups and downs, Richards is certain to be a big part of either the Angels rotation or bullpen in 2013.
21 NO IMAGE AVAILABLE Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 19
Nick Maronde - One of the most underrated stories of the off-season will be whether or not the Angels keep Maronde as a highly effective big league middle reliever or return him to the minors to continue developing as a starting pitcher.
22 Peter Bourjos green arrow up+3
Last Week: 25
Peter Bourjos - And the Peter Bourjos trade rumors begin in 3… 2… woops!  It's already too late.
23 LaTroy Hawkins – 0
Last Week: 23
LaTroy Hawkins - It wasn't LaTroy's fault he got old, but it was Jerry Dipoto's fault that he was such a vital cog of the bullpen for so long.
24 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 20
Jerome Williams – Bad as a starter + marginal as a reliever = Jerry Dipoto looking up how to say "non-tendered" in Hawaiian.
25 Vernon Wells Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 21
Vernon Wells - I already can't wait to mock the off-season rumors that the Halos are "trying real hard to find a way to dump Wells' contract."  Not going to happen.
26 Bobby Wilson – 0
Last Week: 26
Bobby Wilson - I know Scioscia likes Bobby Wilson even though he isn't productive, but does he like him enough to convince Dipoto he is worth keeping now that he is going to start costing more than the league minimum?
27 Jason Isringhausen green arrow up+2
Last Week: 29
Jason Isringhausen – Do you hear that, Jason?  Your couch and beer league softball team are calling for you.  Go to them!  BE FREE!!!!!!!
28 John Hester green arrow up+3
Last Week: 31
John Hester - Hester played in 38 games (starting in 27 of them) and allowed 30 stolen bases but Mike Scioscia still trusted him more defensively than Hank Conger.
29 Kole Calhoun Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 27
Kole Calhoun - If there is any justice in this world, Calhoun will be the Angels fourth outfielder next season.  Or maybe if Tony Reagins had just never been born.  Yeah, that works better.
30 Andrew Romine – 0
Last Week: 30
Andrew Romine - I'd say Romine should push Izturis down the stairs to make sure he can swipe Maicer's roster spot next season, but Izzy will probably hurt himself on his own anyway.
31 Hank Conger green arrow up+1
Last Week: 32
Hank Conger - Hank has been the "catcher of the future" for so long that he is about to be sent back in time so his younger self can shoot him in the head and close his loop.
32 Barry Enright Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 28
Barry Enright - Thanks for coming out, Barry.  Yeah, yeah, spring training.  Umm, sure you can come.  We'll call you later about it, I promise.
33 Andrew Taylor – 0
Last Week: 33
Andrew Taylor - He sure is lucky that he throws left-handed, isn't he?
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