Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 20

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutHo hum, just another week with a .519 OBP.
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Jered Weaver might be the only person in the world who gets excited when he gets on a plane to go to Cleveland.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - Not the sharpest outing for C.J., but at least he showed some resolve and kept it together and avoided the big inning for once.
4 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 7
Garrett RichardsRichards passed the test by turning in a quality start against Texas. Once again, so glad he spent most of the year in the bullpen.
5 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 10
Kole Calhoun – If Calhoun keeps this up, it is going to make it a lot easier for Dipoto to trade Trumbo or Bourjos in the off-season. Or just to have Josh Hamilton "disappeared." Both are strong choices.
6 – 0
Last Week: 6
Erick Aybar – Once again ranked sixth because there is nobody better we could find.
7 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 8
J.B. Shuck  - There are some real roster construction concerns when you have to use someone with an ISO of .085 at designated hitter. Only 15 players in baseball have a lower ISO and 300+ plate appearances.
8 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 9
Chris Iannetta - I'm pretty sure Texas stole another base off Iannetta while I was typing up this comment.
9 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo - So… maybe Dipoto should get the Pirates back on the phone to see if they are still interested.
10 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Grant Green – So far so good for Dipoto's newest toy. Still, I am having a hard time getting excited about him. It's probably because I question his decision making skills upon seeing that he chose to wear Vernon Wells' old number.
11 green arrow up+6
Last Week: 17
Dane De La RosaSo this is where we are, huh? Dane De La Rosa, an off-season WTF acquisition who started the year in the minors and was demoted mid-season is now the closer.
12 green arrow up+7
Last Week: 19
Kevin Jepsen - I'm kind of starting to like Jepsen again, but in that way you find yourself strangely attracted to a girl who is at best a 6 but she looks better to you because you are kind of drunk and she is surrounded by several of her friends who are grossly overweight trolls.
13 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 15
Hank Conger - So Hank is back in the defensive doghouse despite the defensive metrics all saying that Hank is a solid backstop while Iannetta might be the worst in the majors. I will never figure out Scioscia.
14 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 12
Nick Maronde - Maybe the walk problems that plagued Maronde in the minors aren't all cleared up after all.
15 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 13
Chris Nelson - Can someone please explain to me what Scioscia is thinking letting Nelson bat fifth?
16 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 20
J.C. GutierrezSo wait, you're telling me that when a guy pitches for the fifth time in six days that he may not be as sharp as usual? You don't say.
17 Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 11
Josh HamiltonJust once I'd like to be able to move Hamilton up in the rankings two weeks in a row. Well, there's always next year.
18 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 14
Tommy Hanson - Would it be rude of the Angels just non-tendered Hanson now?
19 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 16
Ernesto FrieriOne July 20th, Frieri's ERA was 2.76. As of today it is 4.69.
20 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Jerome WilliamsThe best reason for the Angels to not trade Jason Vargas is so that we don't have to deal with Jerome Williams being in the rotation the rest of the year.
21 – 0
Last Week: 21
Michael Kohn - Yay! Kohn didn't give up a homer this week!! What's that? He still allowed two runs? Oh. Well then.
22 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 23
Collin Cowgill - The best contribution that Cowgill has made to the Angels was taking out Howie's knee so Grant Green could get playing time.
23 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 22
Joe Blanton - I was actually kind of relieved that Blanton got roughed up in a relief outing this week. To think that he might've been an effective bullpen arm all along would've made me feel even worse about the Richards rotation/bullpen tango.
24 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE – 0
Last Week: n/a
Buddy Boshers – Dipoto continues to scrape the bottom of the barrel to find viable relievers. Nothing personal, Buddy.
25 – 0
Last Week: 25
Tommy Field - Oh, he's still on the roster? I hadn't noticed.

Dropped from rankings: Howie Kendrick (friendly fire), Daniel Stange (still no idea who he is)

Biggest Riser: Jepsen, up seven depressing spots

Biggest Dropper: Hamilton, down six spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 20

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 TroutThe Angels may be falling off in the playoff race, but Trout is stepping up his efforts to hold off Miguel Cabrera in the AL MVP race.
2 Albert Pujols green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Albert Pujols – Albert Pujols used to be able to put the Cardinals on his back and carry them for several weeks all by himself.  Angels sure could go for a dose of that right about now.
3 Jered Weaver Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Weaver is a tremendous pitcher, but it sure seems like he has an uncanny knack for having disaster starts at exactly the wrong time.  Oh, and so much for that whole Cy Young award thing.
4 Torii Hunter – 0
Last Week: 4
Torii Hunter – His production continues to be solid, but what the Angels really need from him right now is some of that famed leadership we're always hearing about.
5 Mark Trumbo – 0
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo - He's picking up base hits, but the walk drought and Trumbomb drought continue.
6 Kendrys Morales – 0
Last Week: 6
Kendrys Morales - .328/.369/.607 in the month of August thus far.  Those look an awful lot like his 2009 number, only a little better.
7 Erick Aybar green arrow up+2
Last Week: 9
Erick Aybar - He continues his torrid August, too bad the one moment he couldn't come through was on Saturday in the ninth inning to salvage a disaster.
8 Ernesto Frieri – 0
Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri – Wait, a save?  What is that?  Are we allowed to have those?  I mean, other than of the blown variety, of course.
9 Howie Kendrick green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
Howie Kendrick – His RISP and GIDP issues are totally distracting from the fact that Kendrick has been on fire this month and even finally broke through for his first homer since July 2nd.
10 Alberto Callaspo green arrow up+5
Last Week: 15
Alberto Callaspo - Three mult-hit games in one week seems like enough for me to put the kibosh on the "call up Luis Jimenez" article I was planning.
11 Chris Iannetta green arrow up+2
Last Week: 13
Chris Iannetta - I don't buy it, but one has to at least start wondering if the Angels pitching going to crap right when Iannetta came off the DL is more than just a coincidence.
12 Kevin Jepsen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 10
Kevin Jepsen - So much for that whole "Jepsen is the lone bright spot in middle relief" era.  I think we all knew it was too good to last.
13 Zack Greinke Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 7
Zack Greinke - Does anyone know what the Milwaukee Brewers' policy is on returns?  I'm pretty sure they sent the Angels a defective unit.
14 Jerome Williams green arrow up+2
Last Week: 16
Jerome Williams – By Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow standards, Williams had a pretty good 5.1 innings, seven strikeouts and one hit allowed.  Unfortunately, that one hit was a homer.  Of course it was.
15 C.J. Wilson Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 14
C.J. Wilson - C.J. was well on his way to having two strong starts this week… and then the fifth inning happened.
16 Scott Downs – 0
Last Week: n/a
Scott Downs - Two appearances into his return and Downs already looks to have re-contracted whatever virus is running rampant in the Angel bullpen.  So much for the savior.
17 Ervin Santana green arrow up+5
Last Week: 22
Ervin Santana - If ever there was a sign that Santana really is on the mend, it is that he got through an entire start without allowing a homer… OK, so it was against Cleveland, but still.
18 Dan Haren Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 12
Dan Haren - Quit being a hero and just admit that your back hurts again.
19 Peter Bourjos Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 17
Peter Bourjos - It is official, Peter Bourjos has been disavowed.  ZERO at-bats this week.  Meanwhile, Vernon Wells got three starts (and one hit).  So there's that.
20 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Bobby Wilson - Bobby must've lost those blackmail photos that Mathis gave him as he only started once this week… not that I'm complaining.
21 LaTroy Hawkins Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 19
LaTroy Hawkins - Hawkins has allowed just four home runs all season, three have come this month.
22 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 20
Maicer Izturis - Remember when Maicer used to be considered clutch?  Yeah, those were good times.
23 Hisanori Takahashi Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
Hisanori Takahashi – After five perfect appearances, Taka undid all that progress with one miserable appearance in which he allowed three hits to all three batters he faced.  And he wonders why Scioscia passes him over in obvious southpaw situations.
24 Vernon Wells Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 23
Vernon Wells - For once, the Angels are struggling and we can categorically say that it isn't Vernon's fault.  We can say it, but most people aren't.  It is just our reflex as fans to blame him.
25 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Jason Isringhausen – The only reason he hasn't been DFA'd is probably just because the September roster expansion is less than two weeks away.

Biggest Riser: Santana and Callaspo up five spots each

Biggest Dropper: Haren, Wilson and Greinke all down six spots

Added to the rankings: Scott Downs (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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