Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 24

EDITOR'S NOTE: Now that rosters have expanded, so have the rankings. From here on out we will rank every Angel on the active roster. Why? Because I like making my own life difficult.

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutAnother amazing week at the plate for Trout, but let's be honest, the most impressive thing he did was make that bare-handed catch while waiting on-deck. He simply isn't human.
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - At this point, the only thing the Angels need to do with Weaver is make sure he stays healthy going into next season.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - Any time C.J. can beat Texas, it is a good week just because Ranger fans still harbor so much hatred for him.
4 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 5
Garrett RichardsHere's to hoping that his start against Texas fixed his sudden onset of command problems.
5 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Jason Vargas - OK, let's get this contract extension thing worked about before I change my mind. Starts like his against the Rays last week are giving me cold feet.
6 – 0
Last Week: 6
Kole Calhoun – Big hits + incredible catchers = Man crush.
7 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 10
Erick Aybar – All of the sudden Erick Aybar is crushing the ball to the tune of a .630 SLG last week.
8 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 9
Josh HamiltonIt only lasted one day, but for the first time all season, Josh Hamilton had a .300 OBP. Yes we can!
9 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 7
J.B. Shuck - For a guy who supposedly takes good at-bats and works counts, it should be pointed out that he hasn't drawn a walk since August 19th.
10 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 12
Ernesto FrieriI'm just as shocked as you are that Frieri had a golden opportunity to blow a save against Texas and somehow didn't.
11 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 8
Mark Trumbo - For all the people who have started calling Trumbo the new Adam Dunn, it should be noted that Adam Dunn can actually draw a walk.
12 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 14
Dane De La RosaDDLR isn't great, but one thing he brings to the table that pretty much everyone else in the bullpen doesn't is that he keeps the ball on the ground. Dane has given up three homers all season and the last one he allowed was back on July 30th.
13 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 11
Hank Conger - Conger and Iannetta have nearly identical wOBA, TAv and wRC+ numbers which just goes to show you can be productive at the plate in a variety of ways.
14 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 13
Grant Green – Green smacked his first homer last week but also accomplished the rare feat of having a batting average higher than his on-base percentage.
15 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 16
Chris Iannetta - With his recent mini-power surge, it is going to be a photo finish in the race to see if Iannetta can get his slugging percentage to exceed his OBP by the season's end.
16 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 15
Peter Bourjos - I'm so glad the Angels forced Bourjos to play with an injured wrist and ruin his confidence in the mean time only to finally send him off for the surgery that he should have had weeks ago.
17 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 19
Jerome WilliamsJerome is pitching like he suddenly realized he is going to get non-tendered after the season.
18 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 17
J.C. GutierrezI for one am shocked. SHOCKED, I tell you, that J.C. had to miss time because of arm tenderness. It is almost like Mike Scioscia horribly abused him for an entire month or something.
19 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 18
Luis Jimenez - Lucho wasn't doing a lot to put himself into contention for the starting third base job next season. Now he is going to up the degree of difficulty by trying to play without functioning thumbs.
20 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 23
Andrew Romine - And suddenly Romine is smacking the ball all over the yard and delivering clutch hits. I don't even know anymore.
21 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Collin Cowgill - Cowgill is back to steal playing time from Kole Calhoun and not J.B. Shuck for some reason. Thus far he isn't doing much to justify that decision.
22 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE – 0
Last Week: 22
Buddy Boshers – Boshers has somehow only allowed one hit to right-handed batters yet has given up five runs against righties. This is what happens when Michael Kohn inherits all your baserunners.
23 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
Michael Kohn - It is staggering that Kohn still has an ERA as low as 3.35. I'd love to see a stat where inherited runners scored are factored into an ERA-like number.
24 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Ryan Brasier - The lone September call-up. Is this really the best the Angel farm system has to offer?
25 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Cory Rasmus - Well, this just isn't working out at all. If Dipoto isn't going to get fired, then he should at least be restricted from trading with the Braves.
26 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 25
Joe Blanton - Congratulations to Blanton on making it through his lone outing without giving up a homer. He is still terrible, but at least he is keeping it in the yard.

Dropped from rankings: none

Biggest Riser: Romine and Aybar, up three spots each

Biggest Dropper: Trumbo, down three 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 24

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 TroutYou know, Mike.  You could really put all this MVP debate to rest if you'd just switch back into Superman mode and carry the Angels for the next two-plus weeks.
2 Jered Weaver green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Jered Weaver - He probably doesn't have the innings to win the AL Cy Young, but with the way he pitched in his first game back, he's at least going to make voters think long and hard about it.
3 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Albert Pujols – It is the Angels' biggest stretch of games this season and Pujols just turned in a .530 OPS this week.  And now he has a newborn at home to keep him up all night long.  This isn't going to end well.
4 Zack Greinke green arrow up+1
Last Week: 5
Zack Greinke - It's not your fault, Zack.  You did everything you could.  It's not your fault.  IT'S NOT YOUR FAULT!
5 Torii Hunter Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Torii Hunter – Hunter shifted back to the four-hole some this week and caught fire, just like he did when he first got shifted to the two-hole.  This either means batting order doesn't affect performance or that every time Hunter needs to start hitting better, Scioscia should move him to a different slot in the order.  You make the call!
6 Kendrys Morales – 0
Last Week: 6
Kendrys Morales - All of the sudden Kendrys Morales is the late-inning Superman for the Angels.  Better yet, he's doing it without snapping his leg like a toothpick, which is always nice.
7 Erick Aybar green arrow up+2
Last Week: 9
Erick Aybar - I know he doesn't fit the profile, but Aybar has an .857 OPS since the break.  Why he isn't getting a chance to hit fifth in place of the human rally killer that is Howie Kendrick is beyond me.
8 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 7
Howie Kendrick – His game-ending GIDP on Tuesday might have been the most predictable GIDP of all time, with a big assist to Peter Bourjos for not trying to steal second (possibly at Scioscia's direction).
9 Chris Iannetta green arrow up+1
Last Week: 10
Chris Iannetta - If the rotation problems last month had anything to do with Iannetta's receiving or game-calling, those issues look to have been (mostly) ironed out.
10 Ernesto Frieri Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri – We all know how nasty Er-nasty can be when he is on his game, but when he isn't… well, just see Saturday's game.  Also, feel free to reference the EIGHT homers he has allowed this season.
11 Ervin Santana green arrow up+3
Last Week: 14
Ervin Santana - 35 home runs allowed and counting.
12 Dan Haren – 0
Last Week: 12
Dan Haren - He used to be a lock to give you seven innings or more, but he's only gone seven innings in just one start since the end of May.
13 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 11
Mark Trumbo - Trumbo went almost an entire month between homers.  I didn't even think that was possible for him.
14 Kevin Jepsen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 15
Kevin Jepsen - Two saves on the season for Jepsen.  I'll give you a minute to try and piece your mind back together.
15 Scott Downs green arrow up+2
Last Week: 17
Scott Downs - The old Downs looks like he is mostly back, but clearly Scioscia is still wary since Downs has faced almost exclusively left-handed batters the last few weeks.
16 C.J. Wilson – 0
Last Week: 16
C.J. Wilson - Looking back to how C.J. and Albert started the season, it is kind of hard to believe that the Straight Edge Racer is the one finishing the season looking like an iffy free agent signing.
17 Alberto Callaspo Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 13
Alberto Callaspo - I still have no idea why Luis Jimenez wasn't called up to at least see what he can do as a possible upgrade over Callaspo.  This comment will remain in place until Alberto either starts hitting or Lucho gets promoted.
18 Jordan Walden green arrow up+1
Last Week: 19
Jordan Walden - He is channeling his early 2011 self with five Ks, 1 H, 0 R and 0 BBs in 2.2 IP this week.
19 NO IMAGE AVAILABLE green arrow up+7
Last Week: 26
Nick Maronde - Interesting question, who do you trust more out of the pen to get out one tough lefty right now: Downs or Maronde?
20 Garrett Richards Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 18
Garrett Richards – Richards did his part to try and blow the first game of the Royals series but Morales bailed him out.  He should probably buy him a Double Double or something.
21 Vernon Wells Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 20
Vernon Wells - With just a .655 OPS last week despite playing in six games, I think it is time to drop the narrative that Wells might finally be coming around, if anyone was ever actually buying that in the first place.
22 Bobby Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 23
Bobby Wilson - He didn't do much of anything this week, but gunning down Jarrod Dyson stealing second in the ninth inning on Sunday was pretty huge.
23 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
Jerome Williams – He was put in an unfair position making his spot start and he performed about as well one would have expected under such circumstances.
24 LaTroy Hawkins – 0
Last Week: 24
LaTroy Hawkins - A perfectly fine week of pitching well while the Angels are losing.
25 Peter Bourjos – 0
Last Week: 25
Peter Bourjos - Remind me again why he isn't getting a shot at starting over Wells while Trumbo is mired in his slump?
26 Maicer Izturis Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 22
Maicer Izturis - Still broken.
27 Kole Calhoun green arrow up+1
Last Week: 28
Kole Calhoun - Yes, he moves up in the rankings because he legged out a potential GIDP, which allowed the Angels to tie the game.  Sometimes it is the small things.
28 Barry Enright green arrow up+4
Last Week: 32
Barry Enright - He quickly proved that he is already a better bullpen choice than Jason Isringhausen.
29 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 27
Jason Isringhausen – For some reason he was allowed to pitch with the Angels down by just two runs late.  That might be a more offensive use of the bullpen by Scioscia than the Greinke-Frieri debacle.  OK, not quite, but it is close.
30 John Hester – 0
Last Week: 30
John Hester - He actually got into a game this week which really only is relevant because it allowed my wife to once again tell me how handsome she thinks he is.  So there's that.
31 Andrew Romine Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 29
Andrew Romine - There is literally nothing interesting to say about Andrew Romine.
32 Hank Conger Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 31
Hank Conger - Not only has he not been playing, but his Twitter game has fallen off dramatically as well.  Such a shame.
33 Andrew Taylor – 0
Last Week: 33
Andrew Taylor - I'm not sure if Scioscia is even aware that he is out there sitting in the bullpen.  Maybe he just thinks he is an equipment manager?

Biggest Riser: Maronde, up seven spots

Biggest Dropper: Izturis and Callaspo, down four spots each

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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