Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 23

EDITOR'S NOTE: These rankings cover the week ending 9/1, so just ignore all the awesome stuff that happened in last night's win. Boy, holidays are inconvenient.

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutTrout finishes August with a .337/.500/.590 slash line. He got on base half of the time in August. HALF!
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Are the Angels protecting Weaver's arm? The most pitches he has thrown in his last five starts is 104. His mini-slump was part of that, but even his good starts have been curtailed a bit earlier than we would normally expect.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - I'll forgive his rough start in Tampa, but I won't forgive all of his grumbling about how much he wants to hit only to get struck out by Kyle Lohse.
4 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 5
Jason Vargas - Seriously, where is that extension?
5 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Garrett RichardsUh oh, don't let the wheels come off now, Garrett. You're this close to securing a rotation spot next year and preventing whoever the GM is from doing something stupid like giving Bronson Arroyo $50 million.
6 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 10
Kole Calhoun – Another few weeks like the one he just had and Calhoun is going to make one of the other Angel outfielders quite expendable.
7 – 0
Last Week: 7
J.B. Shuck - I've come to realize that while Shuck doesn't have many good tools, he rates out as an 80 in self-loathing facial expressions after he ground into a double play.
8 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 6
Mark Trumbo - What I love about Trumbo is that when he has a horrible week like he just had, everyone wants him traded, which of course would be selling low. But if he starts hitting over the final month of the season, everyone will want to keep him instead of selling high. Logic. It isn't for everyone.
9 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
Josh HamiltonThe power still isn't there, but Hamilton finished August batting .272 and a 9.6 BB%, his highest rate for any month this year, and "only" a 22.6 K%. I guess that is progress.
10 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 9
Erick Aybar – After an uninspiring August, it really makes one wonder if the Angels aren't better off moving Aybar instead of Kendrick this off-season.
11 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 12
Hank Conger - Conger had an impressive .844 OPS in August, which just so happened to be the month he received the most playing time. Coincidence?
12 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 13
Ernesto FrieriHe is still getting the job done and probably causing Tums sales to go through the roof with all of those 14-pitch at-bats he gets involved in.
13 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 8
Grant Green – A tough week for Green at the dish who needs to get hot in a hurry to leave a lasting impression on the club before he returns to the bench when Howie Kendrick gets healthy.
14 – 0
Last Week: 14
Dane De La RosaDDLR had to feel good getting that save against the Rays, but it was scary to see his velocity drop through the floor in his outing a few days later.
15 – 0
Last Week: 15
Peter Bourjos - I'd normally complain about Bourjos not playing much this week, but I think we all know that his wrist is hindering him. The less he plays, the better for his trade value and/or the organization's confidence in him next season.
16 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 17
Chris Iannetta - After several weeks of Iannetta drawing several walks but getting no hits, he finally delivers a week of multiple hits and no walks.
17 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 16
J.C. GutierrezWait, he didn't pitch at all this week? I can only assume that his arm finally fell off. Either that or the tilt of his back caused him to throw his back out.
18 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Luis Jimenez - Lucho is back and making a good early impression in the auditions for the starting third base job in 2014.
19 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 20
Jerome WilliamsToo little too late, Jerome.
20 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Chris Nelson - I'd never be one to celebrate a player getting injured, so I'm just going to go ahead and stop this comment right now./
21 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 19
Michael Kohn - With Jepsen out, Kohn has assumed the mantle of control-challenged righty that Scioscia insists on placing to much trust in.
22 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 21
Buddy Boshers – With Boshers an ineffective lefty, is has almost made Scioscia better managing his bullpen because he hasn't been such a slave to platoon advantage.
23 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 24
Andrew Romine - At least he got some playing time. That's something, right?
24 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 23
Cory Rasmus - The dominance he showed in Triple-A has failed to transfer thus far. Shocking that a trade with Atlanta isn't working out well for the Halos.
25 – 0
Last Week: 25
Joe Blanton - Joe Blanton. Not even once.

Dropped from rankings: Kevin Jepsen (even his appendix doesn't like him)

Biggest Riser: Calhoun, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Green, down five spots

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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.

Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 23

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 TroutTrouty actually slumped for real these last two weeks, not that "woe is Trout his OPS is only .870" crap.  Alas, you can't keep a good demigod down as he is once again hitting (and robbing) home runs.
2 Albert Pujols green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Albert Pujols – Are we supposed to panic now that he hasn't hit a homer in 11 straight games or is that hysteria only resolved for April?
3 Jered Weaver Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - This bout of tendinitis couldn't come at a worse time for the Angels' playoff hopes and Weaver's AL Cy Young hopes, even if he only cares about the former.
4 Torii Hunter – 0
Last Week: 4
Torii Hunter – If I start a petition to get the Angels to sign Hunter to a one-year contract extension immediately, how many of you would sign it?
5 Zack Greinke green arrow up+4
Last Week: 9
Zack Greinke - After four straight dominant starts, I don't think it is asking too much to demand retractions from all the columnists/bloggers who declared the Greinke trade a bust.
6 Kendrys Morales green arrow up+2
Last Week: 8
Kendrys Morales - Early in the season, he looked like he might get non-tendered.  Now, he looks like a dark horse candidate to challenge for AL MVP in 2013.  OK, maybe I am exaggerating a little bit, but he does look like he might finally be close to fully recovered from his infamous leg injury.
7 Howie Kendrick – 0
Last Week: 7
Howie Kendrick – Howie almost made it through my entire vacation without a GIDP… almost.  Still 12 straight GIDP-free games is an impressive feat by his standards.  Go Howie!!!
8 Ernesto Frieri green arrow up+3
Last Week: 11
Ernesto Frieri – Yay!  Frieri is back to his Ernasty form when he first arrived in Anaheim.  No more Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow.
9 Erick Aybar Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 6
Erick Aybar - Aybar is playing well, but anytime I see him, all I can think about is poor Brandon McCarthy.
10 Chris Iannetta – 0
Last Week: 10
Chris Iannetta - It is great that Scioscia has allowed Iannetta to be the undisputed #1 catcher, but he really has to do something about burying his potent bat at #9 in the batting order.
11 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 5
Mark Trumbo - Trumbo has but one extra-base hit in over a month, thus explaining his fall down the lineup and power rankings.
12 Dan Haren green arrow up+2
Last Week: 14
Dan Haren - Haren is back!  Err, wait… I mean, not his actual back, which was bad, but he himself is back.  Although I guess you could say his back is back too.  Whatever, you get it.  He's good and stuff.
13 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 12
Alberto Callaspo - I'm convinced Callaspo heated up and started coming up in the clutch once he realized that Luis Jimenez might get a September call-up.  Let's hope he keeps it up now that Lucho got passed over for a promotion.
14 Ervin Santana green arrow up+1
Last Week: 15
Ervin Santana - Hey, you outduel Scherzer and King Felix and I can overlook that preposterous amount of homers you continue to allow.
15 Kevin Jepsen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 13
Kevin Jepsen - Jepsen seems to be slowly losing his setup role to Garrett Richards, but it certainly isn't because of anything Jepsen has done seeing how he has allowed a run in just one of his last 15 appearances.
16 C.J. Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 17
C.J. Wilson - He isn't doing it pretty, but Wilson is getting the job done and allaying any fears that he is going to be a problem in the rotation down the stretch.
17 Scott Downs Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 18
Scott Downs - We are all glad to see him back on the mound, but we'd all feel a lot better if he could regain his lost command.
18 Garrett Richards green arrow up+2
Last Week: 20
Garrett Richards – It seems that he gets more and more confident and effective with each new relief appearance.
19 Jordan Walden green arrow up+2
Last Week: 21
Jordan Walden - Walden has been better since coming off the DL, but he still doesn't look anything like a guy who will someday recapture the closer's role.
20 Vernon Wells green arrow up+3
Last Week: 23
Vernon Wells - Vernon Wells is playing well right now.  (Pinches self, realizes this is not a fever dream.  Punches self, just to be really sure.)
21 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 16
Jerome Williams – Glad to see that Scioscia remembered that Jerome existed during my absence.  The question now is if he will still remember come Tuesday when the Angels need a spot starter.
22 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 19
Maicer Izturis - At least Mr. Glass waited until he went into a slump before he decided to get hurt.
23 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 22
Bobby Wilson - When Bobby Wilson homers and it doesn't include the Fat Catcher Shimmy, everyone loses.
24 LaTroy Hawkins – 0
Last Week: 24
LaTroy Hawkins - It is official, Father Time finally caught up to good ol' LaTroy.
25 Peter Bourjos – 0
Last Week: n/a
Peter Bourjos - Well at least that wrist injury thing is a convenient excuse for me to continue to overestimate his abilities next season.
26 NO IMAGE AVAILABLE – 0
Last Week: n/a
Nick Maronde - He strikes EVERYONE out, yet no headshot.  Andrew Taylor has never appeared in an MLB game yet he has a headshot.  Maybe Maronde should try not striking out everyone.
27 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 25
Jason Isringhausen – Since the start of August, Izzy hasn't gone three straight outings without allowing a dinger.  He is currently sitting on a two-game homerless stretch and I sincerely hope he never gets a chance to extend it to three.
28 Kole Calhoun – 0
Last Week: n/a
Kole Calhoun - Poor guy, first Wells gets hot to take away his lone shot at getting playing time, then the Angels call up Enright and Calhoun doesn't even get to be the lone ginger on the team anymore.
29 Andrew Romine – 0
Last Week: n/a
Andrew Romine - If Izturis is going to miss time with his injury (HA!  I said "if"), then Romine might actually be of some use now, which is nice.
30 John Hester – 0
Last Week: n/a
John Hester - No one is more excited about Hester's call up than all the baserunners in the American League.
31 Hank Conger – 0
Last Week: n/a
Hank Conger - Panda power is back!  Back on the bench probably never to be seen in a meaningful moment though.
32 Barry Enright – 0
Last Week: n/a
Barry Enright - He's smiling so much because he thinks he might get the spot start on Tuesday.
33 Andrew Taylor – 0
Last Week: n/a
Andrew Taylor - He hasn't entered a game yet and I already trust him more against left-handed hitters than I do Hisanori Takahashi.

Biggest Riser: Greinke, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Trumbo, down six spots

Added to the rankings: Bourjos, Maronde, Romine, Calhoun, Hester, Conger, Taylor, Enright

Dropped from rankings: nobody because September call-ups exist solely to make this feature even more labor-intensive

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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