Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 19

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutJust look at his slash line this week: .500/.719/.833. I mean, what can I even say about that?
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Weaver has given up three earned runs or less in seven of his last eight starts.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - As usual, he had a rough go in Texas but at leas the bounced back nicely in his next start.
4 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 6
Howie Kendrick – I was so mentally prepared for Howie to be traded that I feel like a kid whose parents were clearly headed for divorce but instead decided to give counseling one last shot.
5 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Mark Trumbo - He only had four hits this week, but three of them were homers. I guess that works.
6 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – Erick Aybar has officially taken over from Alberto Callaspo as the Angel starter that I just can't come up with a comment for.
7 green arrow up+6
Last Week: 13
Garrett RichardsIt has only been two starts, but Richards has finally given the Halos some hope that the back of their 2014 rotation might not be a steaming pile.
8 green arrow up+7
Last Week: 15
J.B. Shuck  - After making that good (not great) catch and somehow hitting a homer of his own, how can I not move him up?
9 green arrow up+8
Last Week: 17
Chris Iannetta - Suddenly he is getting the bulk of playing time again. I'm pretty sure it takes double doctorate in psychology and predictive statistics in order to understand Mike Scioscia's catching rotation. I guess throwing out some runners helps, but the rest of the equation is a mystery.
10 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Kole Calhoun – Knock, knock! Who's there? The Angels kept Calhoun in the minors for four months.
11 green arrow up+7
Last Week: 18
Josh HamiltonAn up week for Hamilton, but that has less to do with him and more to do with everyone else playing so poorly.
12 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Nick Maronde - It is only three appearances, but this go round has already gone much better for Maronde than his last tour with the team.
13 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Chris Nelson - I'm already pumped about people getting way overexcited about Nelson as a solution at third only to find out just how bad he really is.
14 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 10
Tommy Hanson - I guess getting velocity back didn't fix everything after all.
15 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 11
Hank Conger - Is it possible that Conger has seen his playing time reduced because of… offense? Does Scioscia do that?
16 Red arrow down-8
Last Week: 8
Ernesto FrieriErnesto insists he is a "warrior" who is going to "die standing up." I'd much rather he be a "quality reliever" who is going to "locate his fastball."
17 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 12
Dane De La RosaDane gets his shot at taking over as the setup man…  aaaaaaaand its gone.
18 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 21
Jerome WilliamsToo little, way, way, way too late Jerome.
19 – 0
Last Week: 19
Kevin Jepsen - You know how poorly the bullpen is performing when Jepsen isn't even close to the biggest problem.
20 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 23
J.C. GutierrezDane De La Rosa must be so relieved that J.C. has taken over as the Scioscia's new favorite reliever to completely overwork.
21 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 16
Michael Kohn - This giving up a homer per week thing is getting a little old.
22 – 0
Last Week: 22
Joe Blanton - The amazing part about all the bullpen meltdown in the last two weeks is that Blanton had nothing to do with them.
23 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 20
Collin Cowgill - I'm not so sure we need to so all that much more of Cowgill.
24 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Daniel Stange – I have no idea how to pronounce his last name and I kind of have the feeling that I'm never going to need to learn how.
25 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Tommy Field - This is how you don't take advantage of a rare opportunity to stick on a big league roster.

Dropped from rankings: Albert Pujols (sent to the glue factory), Scott Downs (traded for nothing), Alberto Callaspo (traded for something), Brad Hawpe (Dipoto finally realized he was useless)

Biggest Riser: Iannetta, up eight spots

Biggest Dropper: Frieri, down eight spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 19

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 TroutIt is funny that when he puts up the numbers of a mere mortal that people start thinking that he is in a slump.  If only the rest of the team was in such a “slump.”
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Not that it was his fault, but Weaver picked a hell of a time to have his winning streak snapped.
3 Albert Pujols – 0
Last Week: 3
Albert PujolsWhat is it about Pujols and months that start with the letter “A”?  Seriously, did the Angels miss something in the instructions when they signed him?  He’s even slumping the field now too.  That just isn’t fair.
4 Torii Hunter green arrow up+1
Last Week: 5
Torii Hunter – Torii is still plenty productive, but with only two homers since June 27th, there is still a lot left to be desired and a lot more left to make it an easy decision for the Angels to re-sign him for next season.
5 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Mark Trumbo - I get the sense that we are slowly creeping back to a place where Trumbo loses playing time to Vernon Wells. Be afraid, be very afraid.
6 Kendrys Morales green arrow up+3
Last Week: 9
Kendrys Morales - Is his recent power surge just Kendrys in a good streak, or are we finally reaching the point where his leg is feeling strong again and he is able to regain his pre-injury form?
7 Zack Greinke – 0
Last Week: 7
Zack Greinke - You know what, Jerry.  I take it back, holding off on extension talks with Greinke is absolutely the right way to go right now.
8 Ernesto Frieri green arrow up+2
Last Week: 10
Ernesto Frieri – Having to use Frieri twice in non-save situations pretty much tells you all you need to know about the Angels’ week.
9 Erick Aybar – 0
Last Week: n/a
Erick Aybar - If we knew that Aybar could hit like this after coming off the DL, I would have broken his toe myself back in April.
10 Kevin Jepsen green arrow up+4
Last Week: 14
Kevin Jepsen - Call him maybe or call him the only reliable middle reliever in the bullpen.  Either way, it gives me a headache.
11 Howie Kendrick green arrow up+1
Last Week: 12
Howie Kendrick – Kendrick is having his best month so far with an .807 OPS, but it still rings hollow.  That is probably because of his .650 OPS with RISP and .182 average with the bases loaded.
12 Dan Haren Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 6
Dan Haren - Oh, c’mon, Danny!  Not you too now!!!  Seriously, how is it possible that so many talented pitchers can all go sideways at the exact same time?
13 Chris Iannetta – 0
Last Week: 13
Chris Iannetta - This means nothing, but Iannetta cERA is over half a run worse than Wilson’s.  I’d appreciate it if everyone made sure that Mike Scioscia and Lyle Spencer never find out about this.
14 C.J. Wilson Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 8
C.J. Wilson - I don’t know what C.J., Butcher and Scioscia came up with in their closed door strategy session, but I think he needs to do the exact opposite in his next start.
15 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 11
Alberto Callaspo - Since the Angels are in the mode of calling up prospects to help out, maybe it is time to see if Luis Jimenez can’t pitch in a bit at the hot corner since Callaspo is hitting nothing but rock bottom right now.
16 Jerome Williams green arrow up+5
Last Week: 21
Jerome Williams – Jerome allowed one run over 6.2 innings.  Hmm, it is almost like that would be a quality start.  The Angels don’t need any of those, right?
17 Peter Bourjos – 0
Last Week: 17
Peter Bourjos - Exactly as I feared, Wells’ mere presence has relegated Bourjos strictly to pinch-running and defensive replacement duty.
18 Bobby Wilson green arrow up+2
Last Week: 20
Bobby Wilson - Can we repackage whatever was said to Bobby that made him quit Twitter and use it to get Chevy Clarke to do the same?  That would really improve the quality of my life.
19 LaTroy Hawkins Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 15
LaTroy Hawkins - One abysmal appearance and he was never heard from again in the week.  Is he the latest struggling Angel reliever who will find his way to the disabled list with an injury he has been secretly nursing for the last month?
20 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Maicer Izturis - So Josh Kinney throws Maicer Izturis two sliders and makes him look awful.  Then Kinney inexplicably decides to go with the fastball and sends it to the backstop for the walk-off win.  Maicer may be hitting like crap right now, but his Jedi Mind Trick tool still rates out as an 80.
21 Hisanori Takahashi green arrow up+4
Last Week: 25
Hisanori Takahashi – All of the sudden Taka looks the second coming of Billy Wagner.  Go ahead and file that under “too little too late.”
22 Ervin Santana Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 16
Ervin Santana - On one hand, he basically had just one bad inning.  On the other hand, that inning included two more home runs.
23 Vernon Wells green arrow up+1
Last Week: 24
Vernon Wells - I keep trying to write a nice comment about Vernon Wells here, but my blogging software keeps deleting it as either spam or a potential virus.  Weird.
24 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 22
Jason Isringhausen – Good news, Jason Isringhausen didn’t blow any leads this week.  He only pitched once this week.  I feel like there is a correlation there.
25 David Carpenter Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
David Carpenter - Go directly to Triple-A.  Do not pass go.  Do not collect $200.  Do not come back until 2013.

Biggest Riser: Jerome Williams, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: C.J. Wilson, Dan Haren, Ervin Santana all down six spots

Added to the rankings: Erick Aybar (activated from DL)

Dropped from rankings: David Carpenter (racking up frequent flier miles between Anaheim and Salt Lake)

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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