Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 25

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutTrout had a rough week by his standards, hitting just .136. His OBP was still .424 though, so I guess that'll just have to do.
2 – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - A very minor health scare for Weaver this week serves as a reminder of just how fragile this rotation really is and why the Halos might be motivated to do something stupid (again) in free agency this winter.
3 – 0
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - Even after how good Wilson has been this season, I am still not used to him being able to recover from an early bad inning.
4 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Howie Kendrick Howie is going to get two final weeks to remind other teams of his trade value and remind Angel fans of why we might regret it if he gets traded.
5 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Garrett RichardsOne of the underrated aspects of Richards' evolution this season is that he has become a groundball machine, with an impressive 2.63 GB/FB ratio.
6 – 0
Last Week: 6
Kole Calhoun – The legend of Calhoun grows as he more than held his own against left-handed pitching this last week while also delivering some crucial big hits.
7 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 5
Jason Vargas - Getting shellacked by Houston is a good way to get Dipoto and company to rethink those contract talks they supposedly want to engage in. His reduced velocity since his blood clot removal is an even better way to accomplish that same thing.
8 – 0
Last Week: 8
Josh HamiltonThe OBP is finally over .300 and a glimmer of hope for his 2014 season can finally be seen.
9 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
Mark Trumbo - A strong week from Trumbo, not strong enough to get his OBP over .300 and keep it there.
10 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar – Which happens first: Aybar's OBP drops under .300 or Scioscia drops him out of the top two spots in the batting order or Scioscia gets fired?
11 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 10
Ernesto FrieriNo amount of dominance this month is ever going to make anyone forget just how bad he can be when he goes off the rails.
12 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 9
J.B. Shuck - Who has two thumbs and had no problem with Shuck spending most of the week on the bench? This guy.
13 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 15
Chris Iannetta - Oh, hey there, Chris Iannetta's power. So nice to see that you finally decided to join the rest of us. Next time please be aware that the season starts in April, not mid-September.
14 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 12
Dane De La RosaDane is the lone hope for the Angels bullpen having a member with a sub-3.00 ERA. Keep hope alive!
15 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 14
Grant Green – With Kendrick back, Green might not see much more time, but he acquitted himself nicely with a .295/.355/.402 slash line in 112 ABs.
16 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
Hank Conger - Poor Hank. He spends most of the week on the bench because of all the left-handed starters only to get beat up behind the plate in the game that he actually gets to start.
17 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 20
Andrew Romine - Holy cow, that catch. Have some range, why don't you.
18 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 17
Jerome WilliamsNo, dominating the Astros does not atone for getting knocked around by the Blue Jays and nearly blowing a game that should have been a cakewalk.
19 – 0
Last Week: 19
Luis Jimenez - No functioning thumbs, no playing time.
20 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 24
Ryan Brasier - A solid week for Brasier automatically makes him the third-best Angel reliever.
21 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 23
Michael Kohn - Kohn recorded his first shutdown in weeks against Toronto. He should probably quite while he is ahead.
22 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 18
J.C. GutierrezHe figured out how to reattach his arm, but he still hasn't had a clean appearance in over a month.
23 NO PICTURE AVAILABLE Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 22
Buddy Boshers – A nice week for Boshers, but he still hasn't done anything to convince anyone that he should be part of the 2014 bullpen.
24 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 21
Collin Cowgill - Cowgill got all kinds of opportunities to prove himself this week, starting several games against less than intimidating southpaws and all he could muster was 1-for-19 with one walk and six strikeouts. Yeah, I think we're done here.
25 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Tommy Field – Promoted then demoted and likely re-promoted again this week. He may not be very good, but he has more frequent flier miles than you.
26 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 25
Cory Rasmus - At a point the Angels just need to shut him down before his confidence gets smashed into a fine dust, just like every pitch he throws.
27 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 26
Joe Blanton - Could we really get so lucky that Blanton doesn't throw another inning this year?

Dropped from rankings: Peter Bourjos (wristectomy)

Biggest Riser: Brasier, up four spots

Biggest Dropper: Gutierriez, down four spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 25

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 TroutSeriously, Mike.  It is time to put the cape back on and start hitting like a monster again.  You're still getting on base, which is great, but for the sake of the playoff push (and to a much lesser extent, the MVP race), finish strong.
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - Speaking of stepping up for the playoff push, how does a 2.10 September ERA grab you?
3 Albert Pujols – 0
Last Week: 3
Albert Pujols – The monster is finally out of the cage with a 1.029 OPS in the last week.
4 Zack Greinke – 0
Last Week: 4
Zack Greinke - He continues to justify the big price the Angels paid to acquire him, but he also continues to inflate his price on the forthcoming free agent market.
5 Torii Hunter – 0
Last Week: 5
Torii Hunter – He had a rough week, possibly because he is getting moved all over the lineup again or possibly because he is a 37-year old nearing the end of a long season or possibly because of randomness.
6 Kendrys Morales – 0
Last Week: 6
Kendrys Morales - He had only three hits in fourteen at-bats this week, but two of those hits were homers.  That, my friends, is efficiency.
7 Erick Aybar – 0
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - Aybar is hitting well, but he also finally found a way to get some sac bunts down for a change.  Not that I approve of sac bunting, but I disapprove of botched sac bunts even more.
8 Ervin Santana green arrow up+3
Last Week: 11
Ervin Santana - (Finally, a change in the rankings.) Better late than never for Ervin to start pitching his ass off.  Let's just hope he can keep it up for two more starts
9 Chris Iannetta – 0
Last Week: 9
Chris Iannetta - If Iannetta really was a point of contention between Scioscia and Dipoto, it is safe to say that after catching every inning this week that either the two are now on the same page (or Dipoto flexed his muscles and won, if you are more of the conspiracy theory type).
10 Dan Haren green arrow up+2
Last Week: 12
Dan Haren - He isn't doing it as easily as he used to, but at least he is still doing it.
11 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 8
Howie Kendrick – I hate to keep dwelling on the GIDP thing, but Kendrick loves to keep hitting into them at the absolute wrong time.
12 Ernesto Frieri Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 10
Ernesto Frieri – Guess who just earned himself an off-season of speculation over whether or not he should be replaced as closer?
13 Kevin Jepsen green arrow up+1
Last Week: 14
Kevin Jepsen - When did Jepsen become the most reliable reliever in the bullpen?
14 Alberto Callaspo green arrow up+3
Last Week: 17
Alberto Callaspo - I will never understand Callaspo.  Every time I am ready to write him off, he goes and rips off a .914 OPS just like he did this week.
15 Scott Downs – 0
Last Week: 15
Scott Downs - Wow, Scioscia actually let Scotty pitch one whole inning in one of his appearances this week!  Seriously, I know Downs struggled with shoulder problems, but what does he really have to do to earn Mike's trust back?
16 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
Mark Trumbo - Just two strikeouts in 15 ABs this week.  Even though he also had just two hits, I say that is progress.
17 C.J. Wilson Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 16
C.J. Wilson - At least C.J. will get to say that he was a free agent bust before it was cool, right?
18 Garrett Richards green arrow up+2
Last Week: 20
Garrett Richards – All of the sudden, Richards is the workhorse of the bullpen pitching in four times this week, three of which worked out pretty well.
19 NO IMAGE AVAILABLE – 0
Last Week: 19
Nick Maronde - Maronde failed to get out the only batter he faced this week, but I think he should get a pass since it was A.J. Pierzynski who for some reason is going to haunt the Angels well past the date of his own death.
20 Jerome Williams green arrow up+3
Last Week: 23
Jerome Williams – Hey, Jerome, doing anything on Wednesday?  Good, keep your calendar open.  I have the feeling you might be needed again.
21 Vernon Wells – 0
Last Week: 21
Vernon Wells - This was the highlight of Vernon's week.
22 Jordan Walden Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 18
Jordan Walden - It is amazing to think that the Angels went to a closer-by-committee this week and the guy who was closer to start the season is somehow not involved.
23 LaTroy Hawkins – 0
Last Week: 24
LaTroy Hawkins - Hawk had a rough second half, but has it really been so bad that he only gets called upon to work just one inning of mop-up work?
24 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+1
Last Week: 26
Maicer Izturis - Izturis returns from injury just in time to allow Scioscia to start screwing with the infield rotation right smack in the middle of a playoff chase.
25 Peter Bourjos – 0
Last Week: 25
Peter Bourjos - Wait, what?  Scioscia actually let Petey bat this week?  Is he feeling OK?  Next thing you know Bourjos is going to get a start… nah, that would be crazy.
26 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 22
Bobby Wilson - Somehow Scioscia went the entire week without using any of his back-up catchers.  In protest, Bobby Wilson quit Friendster.
27 Kole Calhoun – 0
Last Week: 27
Kole Calhoun - How can you hate on a guy who hit 1.000 this week?
28 Barry Enright – 0
Last Week: 28
Barry Enright - With a scoreless inning of relief work, Enright is giving Calhoun a run for his money as the team's MVG (Most Valuable Ginger).
29 Jason Isringhausen – 0
Last Week: 29
Jason Isringhausen – No baseballs were harmed in the one inning of work Izzy got this week, which is something of an upset.
30 Andrew Romine green arrow up+1
Last Week: 31
Andrew Romine - He played once this week… apparently.
31 John Hester Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 30
John Hester - No playing time, but still handsome.  Point, Hester.
32 Hank Conger – 0
Last Week: 32
Hank Conger - Oh, c'mon, at least let him pinch-hit or something.
33 Andrew Taylor – 0
Last Week: 33
Andrew Taylor - Nope, he still hasn't played.  However, I am pretty sure I saw him warm-up at least once.

Biggest Riser: Ervin Santana, Alberto Callaspo and Jerome Williams, up three spots each

Biggest Dropper: Jordan Walden and Bobby Wilson, 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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