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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 17

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutIf there is one reason to root for the Angels to get back in the playoff race, it is so that Trout can become a more serious MVP candidate. I mean, who doesn't want to re-live the Cabrera vs. Trout holy WAR?
2 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Jered Weaver - I know he is the ace of the staff, but given his not-so-secret should problems, maybe Sosh could ease off with the 120+ pitch outings?
3 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
C.J. Wilson - Shutting out Oakland while pounding the strike zone is the exact kind of C.J. the Angels are going to need if they really want to make a desperate playoff run.
4 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 2
Howie Kendrick – With a .255 average and .269 OBP in July, maybe his exclusion from the All-Star Game really wasn't all that much of a snub.
5 – 0
Last Week: 5
Ernesto FrieriAfter having the All-Star break off, why would Scioscia not bring in Frieri to protect a four-run lead? I will never understand the notion that you are supposed to use your best reliever only when you really have to.
6 – 0
Last Week: 6
Albert Pujols – The rest did Albert's broken body some good. Perhaps that is something he needs a little bit more of the rest of the season.
7 – 0
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – I'm still trying to decide if Jon Morosi's suggestion of the Angels trading Aybar is the best idea or the worst idea.
8 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 9
Scott Downs - Downs seems to have finally recaptured his old form (no pun intended). Now the Angels have to decide if they should trade him at the deadline or hold onto him and maybe even try and re-sign him.
9 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 8
Mark Trumbo - Since he started his second half slump early this season, maybe he can end it early, right?
10 – 0
Last Week: 10
Hank Conger - Dear Fox Sports West, nobody cares what Hank Conger did over the All-Star break. There is no need for a Twitter poll about it for three straight days. Come to think of it, there is no need for Twitter polls in general.
11 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 12
Alberto Callaspo - Just when it looked like he had his throwing issues ironed out…
12 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 11
J.B. Shuck  - Let's hope Bourjos' wrist starts healing properly because the clock is already on the 11th toll of midnight.
13 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 17
Michael Kohn - I used to joke that Kohn was mini-Jepsen, but he is starting to look more like mini-Frieri with his .155 batting average allowed.
14 – 0
Last Week: 14
Josh HamiltonI know it is only one series, but Josh isn't inspiring a lot of hope in his pre-break hot streak carrying over to the rest of the season.
15 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 16
Dane De La RosaScioscia wasting no time in overworking Dane out of the break.
16 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 15
Chris Iannetta - Iannetta is secretly trying to become more like Hank Conger in an effort to earn back playing time. That's why he threw that ball into left field in last night's game. I'm not sure his strategy is sound here.
17 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 18
Garrett RichardsHow many times does he have to come in early in a game to relieve Jerome Williams and then out-pitch Jerome before he is just given the rotation spot?
18 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 13
Kevin Jepsen - Still a mess yet still the setup man. I will never understand this.
19 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 21
Michael RothWhich happens first: Roth gets sent back to the minors or I finally get a useable Angels headshot of Roth?
20 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 20
Jerome WilliamsThe defense did him no favors against Oakland, but that had nothing to do with him giving up a dinger to Eric freaking Sogard.
21 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 19
Joe Blanton - Penalized due to this site's long held stance against Gatorade-related violence.
22 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 23
Collin Cowgill - You may not know this but Cowgill is actually ancient Gaelic for "defensive replacement."
23 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 25
Brad Hawpe – We now live in a world where 34-year old Brad Hawpe, who has been worth -0.3 runs on the basepaths in his career, is considered a viable option as a pinch-runner.
24 – 0
Last Week: 24
Billy BucknerIf a pitcher never pitches, does he still take up a roster spot?
25 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 22
Brendan Harris - The timing of his DFA is curious, but I can't say I'm sorry to see him go.

Dropped from rankings: nobody, but that won't last

Biggest Riser: Kohn, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Jepsen, down five spots

 

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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.

Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 17

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 TroutThis was arguably a week-long slump for Trout.  He still posted a .768 OPS over that span.
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - For only the second time this season (not including the start he left with his back injury) Weaver failed to go six or more innings.
3 Mark Trumbo green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Mark Trumbo – Yet another reason for the Halos’ poor offensive production, we went a whole week without a Trumbomb.  At eight games (and counting) it is his second-longest homer drought of the season, which is actually pretty damn impressive when you think about it.
4 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 3
Albert PujolsWant to know why the Angel lineup is slumping?  First look at Trout’s comment, then look at Pujols reverting to April form with his .578 OPS this week.  One can’t help but wonder how much his array of injuries are affecting him.
5 C.J. Wilson – 0
Last Week: 5
C.J. Wilson – Wilson just can’t win in July, but he also hasn’t been real great about following his own advice and throwing strikes, though he did much better this week only four walks over 13 innings.
6 Zack Greinke – 0
Last Week: n/a
Zack Greinke - Welcome aboard, Zack!  Uh, sorry about that whole home winning-streak thing.  Try not to hold it against the Angels when they come calling about a contract extension.
7 Dan Haren – 0
Last Week: 7
Dan Haren - I want to make fun of his Amish beard more, but it seems to be working for him, so instead, I am going to celebrate Rumspringa!
8 Ernesto Frieri Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 6
Ernesto Frieri – Another run allowed this week, but I prefer to think of that more as regression to the mean than any actual reason for concern.  Statistic-based cognitive dissonance is the best kind of cognitive dissonance.
9 Torii Hunter Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 8
Torii Hunter – The old man of the club might be the only hitter pulling his weight right now, which probably means he is due for a re-aggravation of his groin injury in 3… 2… 1…
10 Scott Downs Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 9
Scott Downs - With Downs still a mess and Taka demoted, trading for another left-handed reliever is an absolute must, right?
11 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 10
Alberto Callaspo – Every time Callaspo slumps, I start wondering if the Trumbo-at-third experiment needs to be re-instantiated.
12 LaTroy Hawkins green arrow up+4
Last Week: 16
LaTroy Hawkins - A flawless week seems to have gotten Hawk back into the late-inning mix after he inexplicably fell down the depth chart after the break.
13 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 11
Kendrys Morales - Now that the Angels got their starting pitcher upgrade, can we start talking about trading for an upgrade at DH?
14 Jason Isringhausen green arrow up+1
Last Week: 15
Jason Isringhausen – With Dipoto getting so much love for the Greinke trade, he should also get some love for picking the quietly effective Isringhausen off the scrap heap before the season.  Literally every move JeDi has made this season has worked out great for the Halos.
15 Chris Iannetta – 0
Last Week: n/a
Chris Iannetta – Wait, the Angels have a catcher that can kind of hit AND throw out baserunners?  Was this in the news????
16 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
Howie Kendrick – The Angels really lack lineup depth and one of the big reasons why is Howie Kendrick’s inability to catch fire for even one week.
17 Peter Bourjos green arrow up+1
Last Week: 18
Peter Bourjos - I didn’t think it would happen, but in a little more than 24 hours the Angels will have gotten through the trade deadline without dealing away Speedy Petey.
18 Kevin Jepsen green arrow up+2
Last Week: 20
Kevin Jepsen - This week Jepsen made three appearances and allowed no homers, walks or runs.  That explosion you just heard was my mind.
19 Garrett Richards Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 12
Garrett Richards - Richards probably still deserves the fifth starter spot, but every time he has a chance to lock the spot down, he is just bad enough to create some doubt, thus Ervin Santana starting tonight’s game instead of Garrett.
20 Jerome Williams green arrow up+1
Last Week: 21
Jerome Williams – If he keeps pitching this well in long relief, he might just get his starting gig back.
21 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 19
Bobby Wilson - Oh sure, thanks, Bobby.  You pick the week that Iannetta comes back to finally start hitting.  Great timing.
22 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 17
Maicer Izturis - Maicer still isn’t hitting, but what is really killing the Angels is that he isn’t fielding well either.
23 Vernon Wells – 0
Last Week: n/a
Vernon Wells - Wells is back and picking up exactly where he left off.  That is not a compliment, but you knew that already.
24 Ervin Santana green arrow up+1
Last Week: 25
Ervin Santana - There is a very good chance that his start tonight might be his very last game as an Angel.
25 Hisanori Takahashi Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Hisanori Takahashi – I finally figured out a good nickname for Taka.  “Hisano-longer-in-the-majors.”

Biggest Riser: Hawkins, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Richards, down seven spots

Added to the rankings: Zack Greinke (acquired via super-awesome trade), Vernon Wells (activated from DL)

Dropped from rankings: David Carpenter (demoted), Erick Aybar (injured), John Hester (demoted)

Garrett Wilson

About Garrett Wilson

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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