Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 18

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Last Week: 1
Mike TroutSo it turns out that the only thing that can hinder Mike Trout is the sub. That is unfortunate because it really blows up my whole "Mike Trout is Superman" theory.
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Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver It just isn't the same when Weaver faces the Twins and DOESN'T throw a no-hitter. He is clearly on the decline.
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Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson The surest sign yet that C.J. Wilson has turned the corner is that he struggled in his last start and still turned in a very strong line instead of having one brutal meltdown inning and exiting after 5 1/3 innings.
4 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 9
Mark Trumbo With no Pujols and Hamilton in the tank again, let's see how well Mark Trumbo holds up as the anchor of the order.
5 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 6
Albert Pujols – The timing of his season-ending injury was almost so perfect that I have been reviewing the video of the play he got hurt on like the Zapruder film to confirm my conspiracy theory.
6 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 4
Howie Kendrick – Howie has been struggling the last couple of weeks and one can't help but wonder if his name being repeatedly mentioned in the rumor mill might be getting to him.
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Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – Aybar seems like a great trade chip but he has long been a favorite or Moreno. Will Arte let him go if Dipoto can find a good deal?
8 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 5
Ernesto FrieriErnestNOOOO! was reborn this week as a friendly reminder to the organization that they still need to find some late inning relief help for next season.
9 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 8
Scott Downs This is the last time we will see Downs mentioned in this space, so let's bid him a fond farewell and hope he doesn't get hurt packing his luggage so that he can pass the physical for his new home in Atlanta.
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Last Week: n/a
Tommy Hanson The velocity is back for Hanson. Now, if only he could find his command, we'd be set.
11 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 10
Hank Conger Not the best week at the plate for Hank, but at least he is throwing guys out. I still don't know how we got to a place where Hank is the most reliable arm behind the plate, but here we are.
12 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 15
Dane De La RosaHow is it that the biggest, scariest looking dude on the team ends up being the one who saves the poor, little birdie?
13 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 17
Garrett RichardsWith as good as Richards looked in his start over the weekend, the decision to shift him back to relief to help out the beleaguered bullpen has to be in serious question right now. Hindsight is 20/20 and all, but it was a very questionable decision at the time.
14 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 11
Alberto Callaspo With the Angels not playing for anything, how long will it be before we see Alberto giving way to Luis Jimenez?
15 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 12
J.B. Shuck  – Shuck had a terrible week at the plate, which is great news because it will help make sure that he doesn't get playing time over Kole Calhoun. I am so relieved that I don't have to hire that street thug to break J.B.'s kneecaps now.
16 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
Michael Kohn Oh, good. His homer problem is back. This should be fun. I do so love it when the entire bullpen goes to crap at the same time.
17 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 16
Chris Iannetta I hope the Angels never get rid of Iannetta because I love these weeks where he gets zero hits but still registers a .417 OBP.
18 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 14
Josh HamiltonYep, he is definitely not fixed. Not even a little bit.
19 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 18
Kevin Jepsen Jepsen hasn't been effective in over a month. That isn't a slump, it is a true talent level. Someone politely inform Mike Scioscia. Thanks.
20 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 22
Collin Cowgill Going 5-for-11 is an encouraging sign in Cowgill's brief audition, but the fact that he struck out four fo the six times he didn't get a hit is a big concern.
21 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 20
Jerome WilliamsSo when do we get to start calling him Hawaiian Joe Blanton?
22 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 21
Joe Blanton I just checked and Blanton still doesn't think he is doing anything wrong and doesn't deserve to be benched.
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Last Week: n/a
J.C. Gutierrez DAMMIT! I finally get an Angels photo for Cowgill and the Halos go out and add Gutierrez, forcing me to pollute the rankings with a non-Angel headshot once again.
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Last Week: n/a
Tommy Field I don't know if Field is any good. What I do know is that he has amazing, lustrous hair. Maybe he can earn a supporting role in C.J.'s next shampoo commercial.
25 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
Brad Hawpe – With the Angels clearly shifting into evaluation mode for next season, Brad Hawpe is probably avoiding getting called into Scioscia's office like NBA players avoid process servers with paternity suit papers.

Dropped from rankings: Billy Buckner (DFA hat trick), Brendan Harris (sent to the Yankees as punishment), Michael Roth (odd man out)

Biggest Riser: Trumbo, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: Hamilton, down four spots

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