Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 21

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutThank goodness his injury is very minor, there might've been a mass suicide among Angel fans if he had anything more severe than a hangnail.
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - The suckitis that has infected the rest of the team finally got to Weaver. These are going to be a loooooooong final six weeks.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - Wilson is becoming the master of turning starts that look like they are going to be terrible into pretty decent outings. That's good for the Angels, but bad for my ulcer.
4 – 0
Last Week: 4
Garrett RichardsHe has one of his best starts ever against the Yankees but gets roughed up by the Astros, go figure. Still, you have to appreciate that since returning to the rotation, Richards has not walked more than two batters in an outing.
5 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 9
Mark Trumbo - Let's hope this big week for Trumbo leads to a strong finish to the season as there are certainly a lot of people who are losing confidence in everyone's favorite homegrown slugger.
6 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 7
J.B. Shuck  - My anti-Shuck rants would probably go over a lot better if he wasn't hitting so well right now.
7 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 6
Erick Aybar – August was shaping up to be pretty nice for Aybar before he got dinged up.
8 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Peter Bourjos - Bourjos is already back fulfilling the prophecy that he is going to play through the rest of the season with a bum wrist, perform poorly at the plate and cause people to start doubting him again.
9 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Jason Vargas - If Dipoto was hoping to get a nice return in a trade of Vargas, that probably went out the window after two poor outings this week.
10 – 0
Last Week: 10
Grant Green – Green collected his first extra base hits this week, but he also struck out eight times. Let's just say the jury is still out.
11 – 0
Last Week: 11
Dane De La RosaHow can we be sure that De La Rosa is really sharing the closer role when there are no games to close?
12 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 15
Chris Nelson - That two-homer game came out of nowhere. In a world where the Angels will have to make assessments for next year based off of relatively small samples, that one performance could do wonders for him heading into spring training.
13 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 8
Chris Iannetta - At some point I want to go back through and see how many weeks Iannetta has turned in where his average was below .100.
14 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 13
Hank Conger - I still have no idea what he did to get reduced to making two starts per week, but it doesn't look like it will be changing anytime soon… unless Scioscia changes his mind for no good reason again.
15 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 17
Josh HamiltonThe rankings yo-yo ride for Hamilton continues with this huge week, including a "crucial" walk-off homer to prevent the Angels from getting swept by the Astros… again.
16 Red arrow down-11
Last Week: 5
Kole Calhoun – It seems my Calhoun euphoria was a bit premature, but I still reserve the right to be pissed off if he gets buried on the bench now that Bourjos is back.
17 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 19
Ernesto FrieriErnasty looks like he got himself right, but I don't think there is anything he can do to ever get the fans or coaching staff to fully believe in him again.
18 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 16
J.C. GutierrezYou had to know that sooner or later Gutierrez was going to fall apart. I blame the crooked hat.
19 Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 12
Kevin Jepsen - I say something vaguely nice about Jepsen, he gets shellacked the next week. Nice to see the universe is still in order.
20 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 22
Collin Cowgill - It is only 50 plate appearances against mostly left-handed pitching, but Cowgill has acquitted himself nicely with a .325 wOBA as an Angel.
21 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 20
Jerome WilliamsPlease, just call up ANYONE else to spare us from more of Williams. Not only is he pitching poorly, he is constantly struggling to get through five innings which is taxing an already tired and ineffective bullpen.
22 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 21
Michael Kohn - What is more concerning than all the runs Kohn has been giving up is that he has struck out just one batter the entire month of August.
23 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE green arrow up+1
Last Week: 24
Buddy Boshers – Scioscia's new favorite toy hasn't been bad, but he hasn't shown anything to make anyone want to keep him around yet either.
24 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Andrew Romine - It continues to baffle me that an organization that thrived for so long because they had a strong bench led by a quality utility infielder just keeps rotating guys who have already failed several times over through the role.
25 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 23
Joe Blanton - I didn't think it was possible for Blanton to be worse than he was in the rotation, but wow has Blanton in the bullpen proven me wrong.

Dropped from rankings: Tommy Hanson ("working on some things" in the minors), Nick Maronde (not the prospect we though he was), Tommy Field (demoted in favor of a better fielder, ironically)

Biggest Riser: Trumbo, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Calhoun, down eleven spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 21

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 TroutHe's still the MVP frontrunner, but he certainly didn't do himself any favors by going cold the same week that he went head-to-head with Miguel Cabrera.
2 Jered Weaver green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Jered Weaver - False alarm, everyone!  Weaver is just fine.  You can now go about trying to rebuild his Cy Young case.
3 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Albert Pujols – If he is a Machine, doesn't that imply that he isn't supposed to break?  Can someone check the warranty because this is really some pretty horrible timing.
4 Torii Hunter – 0
Last Week: 4
Torii Hunter – Maybe it is just a blip, but it sure looks like Hunter got about two decades older this week.
5 Mark Trumbo – 0
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo - The Trumbomb drought is over, but Mark's bat still mostly runneth dry right now as he looks for answers to end this slump.
6 Erick Aybar green arrow up+1
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - Even with as hot as he has been this month, Scioscia still didn't see fit to put him back in the top of the order even with the hole created by Pujols' absence.
7 Howie Kendrick green arrow up+2
Last Week: 9
Howie Kendrick – Yeah, he had a great weak, but seriously, dude, what's with the weird Hitler-stache?
8 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 6
Kendrys Morales - His huge homer in that crazy Boston game aside, Morales is back on the downslope of his roller coaster season.
9 Zack Greinke green arrow up+4
Last Week: 13
Zack Greinke - Now that is the pitcher the Angels thought they acquired.  Too bad it took almost a full month of the two months that the Halos rented him for.
10 Chris Iannetta green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
Chris Iannetta - You may not know this, but Iannetta translates to "passed ball" in Italian.
11 Ernesto Frieri Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri – I mean we all knew that Frieri was going to low the save in the Boston game, right?  Let's just say that the bloom is off the rose.
12 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 10
Alberto Callaspo - Is he suddenly splitting time with Izturis because Maicer is hot or because Callaspo is not?  Or both?
13 Kevin Jepsen Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 12
Kevin Jepsen - Scioscia seems to be losing a little bit of faith in Jepsen now that he might have other options, however none of the other options are doing any better just yet.
14 Dan Haren green arrow up+4
Last Week: 18
Dan Haren - I really want to believe he is back, but I think we all know better than to judge him on one start at this point.
15 Ervin Santana green arrow up+2
Last Week: 17
Ervin Santana - His little winning streak is over, but his home runs allowed streak is still going strong.  So he has that going for him.
16 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 14
Jerome Williams – Despite the ongoing bullpen disaster, Jerome somehow never pitched this week.  That's weird, right?
17 C.J. Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 15
C.J. Wilson - Someone needs to tell C.J. that his phrase is "throw strikes" not "throw strikes down the middle of the plate."
18 Scott Downs Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 16
Scott Downs - So here is a crazy development, Downs looks terrible now and one has to wonder if the Angels should even re-sign him once the season is over.
19 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+3
Last Week: 22
Maicer Izturis - A very mighty week for Mighty Maicer with the exception of his ongoing 0-for-the-season as a pinch-hitter.
20 Garrett Richards – 0
Last Week: n/a
Garrett Richards – That whole "Richards becoming a key late inning reliever" thing didn't last very long, did it?
21 Jordan Walden – 0
Last Week: n/a
Jordan Walden - So much for the hope that Walden would come back and pitch like he did early in 2011 and not the pinata from the first half of 2012.
22 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 20
Bobby Wilson - The best thing about Bobby's week is that he barely played.  I mean that as a compliment to Iannetta and not an insult to Bobby.  I'd hate for him to quit Friendster or something because I hurt his feelings.
23 Vernon Wells Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Vernon Wells - Clutch walks and clutch homers yet still the Angels struggle to win when he is in the lineup.  Maybe we just need to start calling Vernon "The Cooler."
24 LaTroy Hawkins Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 21
LaTroy Hawkins - It is nice to see that Hawkins has carved out a new role as the guy that comes in to mop up after another reliever already blew the game.  As the pterodactyl/garbage disposal on The Flintstones used to say, "It's a living (shrug)."
25 Jason Isringhausen – 0
Last Week: 25
Jason Isringhausen – Why is he still on this team?  Why is he allowed to pitch with a one-run lead?  Why is he even being used when the Angels are already carrying seven other relievers?

Biggest Riser: Haren and Greinke, up four spots each

Biggest Dropper: Hawkins, down three spots

Added to the rankings: Garrett Richards (promoted), Jordan Walden (activated from DL)

Dropped from rankings: Hisanori Takahashi (banished to Pittsburgh), Peter Bourjos (disabled list)

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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