Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 16

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutYasiel Puig made his debut on June 3rd and posted a .391/.422/.616 slash line. Over that same span Mike Trout has gone for .367/.448/.597. That is an OPS by Trout that is seven points greater than Puig in a tougher run environment plus elite defense in center. So, shut up already, Dodger fans.
2 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Howie Kendrick – Prayers for Kendrick getting un-snubbed as a replacement All-Star pick went unanswered. Apparently they don't want him GIDPing in the game since it totally counts now.
3 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Weaver was just bad enough against the Mariners to make me start worrying about him again.
4 – 0
Last Week: 4
C.J. Wilson - He is starting to look dangerously like the pitcher the Angels thought they were getting when they signed him a year and a half ago.
5 – 0
Last Week: 5
Ernesto FrieriNot to complain about Scioscia's bullpen usage when the relievers have been rather effective of late, but it is July 15th and Frieri has made only three appearances this month.
6 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 7
Albert Pujols – Hopefully Albert's two homers this week will silence those suggesting he needs to utilize the All-Star break and spend some time on the DL.
7 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 6
Erick Aybar – Hard to complain about three multi-hit games in one week.
8 – 0
Last Week: 8
Mark Trumbo - He is still scuffling, but at least when he does make contact, the ball goes real far. He had four hits this week, two of which were doubles and the other two were homers.
9 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 14
Scott Downs - Good boy, Scotty. Just keep on building that trade value.
10 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 11
Hank Conger - He did some nice work this week, but let's face it, his work as a fishmonger at Pike Place is what really got him moved up in the rankings.
11 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 10
J.B. Shuck  - For a guy who is supposed to be productive due to his plate discipline and thus bat leadoff, it should be noted that he hasn't drawn a walk since June 26th.
12 green arrow up+6
Last Week: 18
Alberto Callaspo - Callaspo is coming around again, perhaps just in time to work his way onto the trading block.
13 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 16
Kevin Jepsen - I wonder just how bad Jepsen will have to pitch for Scioscia to eject him from the top setup man role?
14 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 9
Josh HamiltonWelp, so much for the hot streak. Hambone just finished up a 3-for-21 week that included two homers but now walks and seven strikeouts.
15 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 12
Chris Iannetta - 0-for-8 with three strikeouts and no walks this week. Can't imagine why he is losing playing time.
16 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
Dane De La RosaThe exact opposite of Frieri, Dane has made seven appearances in the first two weeks of July. He has scuffled a bit though, almost as if he was being overworked. Weird.
17 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 20
Michael Kohn - Kohn allowed just his second homer of the season this week, which is actually a good thing since his earlier attempts to stick with the team were thwarted by his issues with the long ball.
18 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 19
Garrett RichardsThe silver lining of Jerome Williams' struggles is that it accidentally allowed Richards to get stretched out enough to take his place in the rotation. Or would that make too much sense?
19 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 15
Joe Blanton - Who is an Angel fan supposed to root for in a fight between Blanton and Butcher? The correct answer is a simultaneous double knockout.
20 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 17
Jerome WilliamsDo the Angels stick with Jerome until Vargas comes back in two weeks (hopefully) or get desperate to stay in the race and replace him in the rotation?
21 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 22
Michael RothSolid relief work this week from Roth who could carve out a role for himself if Downs gets traded.
22 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 24
Brendan Harris - His homer this week was his first extra-base hit since May 10th.
23 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 25
Collin Cowgill - He hasn't had much of a chance but with a nice catch and a triple this week, Cowgill might have earned himself a little bit longer of a look.
24 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 21
Billy BucknerI'm so glad Scioscia is keeping a seven-man bullpen so that he can never use Buckner and also have a weak bench.
25 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
Brad Hawpe – Hawpe's pinch-hitting failure in the loss to the Cubs is not going to quell the displeasure with him being on the roster while Kole Calhoun rakes in Salt Lake.

Dropped from rankings: nobody, in a rare twist

Biggest Riser: Callaspo, up six spots

Biggest Dropper: Hamilton, downs five spots

 

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 16

As always, the rankings are based on a player’s overall season performance with a weight on recent performance.

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 Mike Trout – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutRemember when everyone said it was going to take a few years for Trout’s power to manifest itself?  Yeah, he could hit 30 dingers in 140 games this season.
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - After some rough starts against the Rangers in recent years, it was nice to see Jered shove it up their backside this weekend.
3 Albert Pujols green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Albert PujolsHere are Albert’s OPS numbers by month, starting in April.  .570, .800, .977 and 1.030.  I’m no math whiz, but I think that means his OPS in September will be a gazillion.
4 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 3
Mark Trumbo – Seven of his last 15 hits have been home runs.  That’s just stupid, like, Mark McGwire in 1998 level stupid.
5 C.J. Wilson – 0
Last Week: 5
C.J. Wilson – Remember how everyone was saying Wilson’s peripherals didn’t match his real numbers.  Yeah, they are starting to converge, and not in a good way.
6 Ernesto Frieri – 0
Last Week: 6
Ernesto Frieri – Save opportunities are starting to get real interesting with Ernasty.  To think, some folks want the Angels to trade for K-Rod again.  Who needs him?  We have our own cardiac-arrest-inducing closer already.
7 Dan Haren – 0
Last Week: n/a
Dan Haren - it is good to have the old Dan Haren back.  I just don’t remember the part where the old Dan Haren had Amish facial hair.
8 Torii Hunter Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 9
Torii Hunter – The power has gone missing again, but he’s still proving to be a nice fit in the two-hole.  I still don’t know if he is earning himself another contract though.
9 Scott Downs Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 8
Scott Downs - This is starting to go from Downs being overdue to give up some runs to him being disturbingly ineffective since the break.
10 Alberto Callaspo – 0
Last Week: 10
Alberto Callaspo – I’m not sure if it is a testament to Callaspo or to how poor the third base market is that the Angels haven’t been linked to any trades for upgrades at the hot corner.
11 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 7
Kendrys Morales - It is funny to think that some people believe K-Mo is a real trade chip when he is probably a week away from falling to a platoon at DH with Vernon freaking Wells.
12 Garrett Richards – 0
Last Week: n/a
Garrett Richards – With his ability to keep his velocity at 96 MPH late into the game, Richards could be a nightmare for opposing batters once he learns the finer points of pitching.
13 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 12
Howie Kendrick – With Aybar out, I guess this means that Scioscia is going to have to stop benching Howie once a week, right?  Right?????
14 Erick Aybar Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 11
Erick Aybar – Maybe this is a blessing in disguise?  Aybar’s bat was headed back into the tank this week before he shot himself in the foot, semi-figuratively.
15 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 14
Jason Isringhausen – He has appeared in only two games since the All-Star break despite the Angels having an overworked bullpen.  I guess he is back to his old role of being underutilized for no apparent reason.
16 LaTroy Hawkins Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
LaTroy Hawkins - What is with all the old guy relievers struggling after getting four days off?  Isn’t it supposed to work the other way around?
17 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+1
Last Week: 18
Maicer Izturis - Now would be a real good time for Maicer to stop having the worst season of his career.
18 Peter Bourjos Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 15
Peter Bourjos - The .519 OPS Petey has posted this month is not helping his trade value nor is it helping him convince the Angels that he shouldn’t be traded.
19 Bobby Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 20
Bobby Wilson - After seeing the Fat Catcher Jig, I take back every bad thing I said about Bobby Wilson and can only hope he starts slugging homers at a Trumbo-nian pace.
20 Kevin Jepsen green arrow up+5
Last Week: 25
Kevin Jepsen - All of the sudden, Kevin Jepsen is a middle relief linchpin.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.
21 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 16
Jerome Williams – I’m not saying Jerome didn’t deserve to lose his rotation spot, I just don’t know that he deserved to be the first Angels starter to get kicked to the curb.
22 David Carpenter green arrow up+1
Last Week: 23
David Carpenter - His ERA in June was 2.63 and his ERA in July is 1.81.  That apparently gets you sent down to the minors in this day and age.
23 John Hester Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
John Hester - When Iannetta returns, Hester might get to hang around as a third catcher… for some reason.
24 Hisanori Takahashi Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 22
Hisanori Takahashi – Hey, Jerry, I know you’re busy looking for a new starting pitcher, but let’s not forget about the need for another southpaw reliever either.
25 Ervin Santana Red arrow down-8
Last Week: 17
Ervin Santana - Go to your room, Ervin.  And don’t come out until you think about what you’ve done, or until Dipoto DFAs you.

Biggest Riser: Jepsen, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: Santana, down eight spots

Added to the rankings: Dan Haren (activated from DL), Garrett Richards (promoted)

Dropped from rankings: Jordan Walden (placed on DL), Andrew Romine (demoted, not that anyone ever knew he was there)

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Garrett Wilson is the Supreme Overlord of Monkeywithahalo.com and editor at The Outside Corner. He's an Ivy League graduate, but not from one of the impressive ones. You shouldn't make him angry. You wouldn't like him when he is angry.

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