Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 22

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Last Week: 1
Mike TroutTrout misses a series, the Angels get swept. He comes back for the next series, the Angels do the sweeping. That, boys and girls, is cause and effect.
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Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver I was starting to get nervous there for a bit, but never underestimate Seattle's ability to get a pitcher back on track.
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Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson If the Angels had gotten this version of C.J. last season, they would've made the playoffs. Timing is a real pain in the ass sometimes.
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Last Week: 4
Garrett RichardsIt is only fitting for the way Richards' career has gone that en route to the best start of his career he gets tagged by a comebacker and yanked from the game before he can finish the job.
5 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 9
Jason Vargas OK, so Vargas didn't get traded. Given that, if Vargas isn't signed to an extension within two weeks, then Jerry Dipoto has failed across the board on the handling of this particular asset.
6 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo Which happens first: Trumbo gets his 30th homer (he has 29 currently) or his OBP drops under .300 (currently at .301)?
7 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 6
J.B. Shuck – Anyone who gives up a homer to J.B. Shuck at Safeco Field of all places should be released on the spot.
8 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 10
Grant Green – Body language isn't everything, but it concerns me how much we see Green hanging his head down and moping after an error or bad at-bat.
9 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – Batting Aybar second in the lineup will never cease to drive me insane.
10 green arrow up+6
Last Week: 16
Kole Calhoun – Now this is the Kole Calhoun I've been expecting.
11 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 15
Josh HamiltonNot much in the way of power this week, but lots of good at-bats from Hambone. I'm sure he'll get bored of it next week and go in the tank again.
12 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 14
Hank Conger And now, once again without any explanation, Conger is the primary catcher once more.
13 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 17
Ernesto FrieriFrieri looks great again, just in time to lull whoever the GM next season is into a false sense of security at closer.
14 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 11
Dane De La RosaWith Jepsen gone and Frieri back at closer, Mike Scioscia is free to return to his ways of riding De La Rosa into the ground no matter how effective he is or isn't.
15 Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 8
Peter Bourjos Petey doesn't want to blame his wrist for his struggles at the plate, but he totally needs to start blaming his wrist for his struggles at the plate.
16 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 18
J.C. GutierrezScioscia failed have Gutierrez work four times this week or have him pitch on three consecutive days. Someone make sure MIke didn't have a stroke or something.
17 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 13
Chris Iannetta I missed a few games this week, but my only guess is that Iannetta did something to make Scioscia forget about all the great defensive progress he had been making recently.
18 Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 12
Chris Nelson An otherwise terrible week completely masked by his out-of-nowhere game-winning homer off of King Felix. Seriously though, he was awful otherwise (3-for-27 with 13 Ks).
19 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 22
Michael Kohn The walks went away and the strikeouts are back. Let it be noted here that Mike Butcher actually fixed a guy (after letting him fall into disrepair for several weeks).
20 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 21
Jerome WilliamsYou know the manager has lost faith in you when you finally turn in a good start and he skips you in the rotation anyway.
21 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE green arrow up+2
Last Week: 23
Buddy Boshers – Did you know Buddy's real first name is Jeffrey? I only mention it because Buddy had an effective but otherwise uninteresting week, so I have no real insightful comment for him. It is only fitting that the real first name he goes be is also otherwise uninteresting.
22 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 19
Kevin Jepsen Kevin Jepsen, out for the season. Literally ones of Angels fans are crushed by this news.
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Last Week: n/a
Cory Rasmus Cory Rasmus is married to Jeff Mathis' sister. If Dipoto knew this and still made the trade anyway, that might be his most fireable offense.
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Last Week: 24
Andrew Romine Oh? You're still on the team? I hadn't realized…. this is awkward.
25 — 0
Last Week: 25
Joe Blanton As my research last week showed, Blanton is not the worst pitcher ever. Probably just the fourth or fifth worst. So he has that going for him, which is nice.

Dropped from rankings: Collin Cowgill (demoted then called back up)

Biggest Riser: Calhoun, up six spots

Biggest Dropper: Bourjos, down seven spots

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