Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 6

April is done and so am I with letting pre-season preconceptions factor into the Player Power Rankings. No longer shackled by that abritrary rule that I made up myself, I may now mete out justice to those who have disappointed us thus far….

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 3
Mark Trumbo - Is there any question that he is the Angels' best player right now?
2 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutHe finally looks like he is on the verge of breaking out again, although I feel like I've said that a few times already this season.
3 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Albert Pujols – At some point the Angels need to do something about his aching feet. A nice start would be abandoning the foolish idea of letting him play the field.
4 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 6
Howie Kendrick – His quietly good season continues.
5 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 4
Peter Bourjos - Just when he seemed like he was going to establish himself as the leadoff hitter, he fell victim to the exploding hamstring epidemic in that 19-inning game.
6 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 10
Jason Vargas - At least someone is finally doing something to make one of Dipoto's off-season acquisitions look smart.
7 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Alberto Callaspo - It is good to have Callaspo back but it is less good to have him back and batting fifth.
8 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Erick Aybar – I was just thinking that a low-OBP leadoff hitter is exactly what this sputtering lineup needs!
9 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
C.J. Wilson - As further evidence that pitcher wins are a useless statistic, I present the court with C.J. Wilson's 3-0 record. I rest my case, your honor.
10 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 14
Tommy Hanson - You have to give him some respect for the way he came back from the death of his stepbrother to pitch so well against the A's.
11 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 7
Ernesto FrieriThe Angels need to make a trade for "this year's Ernesto Frieri" because the old Ernesto Frieri kind of sucks right now.
12 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 9
Chris Iannetta - After sitting out three games to rest thanks to catching a 19-inning game, Iannetta may have inadvertently opened the door to Hank Conger stealing playing time from him.
13 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 8
Scott Downs - Stop me if you heard this one before, but Scott Downs hurt himself trying to field a comebacker. Methinks Jose Mota needs to start bringing someone along to yoga class.
14 Red arrow down-9
Last Week: 5
Garrett RichardsWell, the questionable decision to return him to a relief role backfired on Scioscia pretty quickly, didn't it?
15 green arrow up+10
Last Week: 25
Michael Kohn - Kohn has been trying to break into the Halo bullpen for a few seasons now and I think he finally found his role, he's a 17th inning guy.
16 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 21
Joe Blanton - The streak of giving up a hit in each inning is over! And now, suddenly, Joe Blanton has morphed into a hard luck loser rather than just a general loser.
17 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 15
Jerome WilliamsOh, right, that's why he wasn't part of the Opening Day rotation. Another master stroke from Scioscia.
18 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 13
Dane De La RosaDDLR might be the new Rich Thompson/Jason Bulger/Kevin Gregg. In low leverage situations, he is lights out. With the game on the line, he is a virtual lock for a meltdown.
19 – 0
Last Week: 19
Hank Conger - As we saw with running "effort" after that bunt, Conger's real role on this team is to provide comic relief.
20 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 22
J.B. Shuck  - He has been more effective than expected, but that doesn't make it OK that the Halos don't have a better option or even a right-handed platoon for Shuck while Bourjos is out.
21 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 16
Josh HamiltonHamilton is now in the five-hole full-time. If he keeps hitting like this, let's hope Scioscia doesn't wait another month to drop him further down the order.
22 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 17
Luis Jimenez – He fell off a cliff in the last two weeks, but it is good to see he still did enough to earn a bench spot.
23 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 20
Brendan Harris - In his time filling in for Aybar and Callaspo, Harris registered a -0.3 WAR. Yep, don't ever worry about spending money on the bench, Jerry.
24 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Barry Enright - If only Enright could have survived one more inning in that marathon game, we would've been treated to a position player pitching for the A's and likely an uplifting win. Instead, we haz all the sads.
25 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Ryan Brasier - The fact that he even made the active roster tells you all you need to know about the performance and health problems the Angels have had to deal with.

Dropped from rankings: Michael Roth (clearly called up too soon), Andrew Romine (rendered obsolete), Sean Burnett (hurt because of course), Nick Maronde (not as MLB ready as we first thought)

Biggest Riser: Kohn, up 10 spots

Biggest Dropper: Richards, down 9 spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 6

It is the last week before we reach the quarter pole of the season and the last week in which I am going to allow my pre-season perceptions to factor into the ratings.  In other words, if you like seeing Albert Pujols not ranked in the 20s, then you might want to relish this week.

As always, the rankings are based on a player’s overall season performance with a weight on recent performance.

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 C.J. Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 2
C.J. Wilson – I doubt he’ll get it, but he deserves the respect of the Ranger fans for stepping up and taking the bump again the morning after a rain delay cut short his previous start.  He had to get up emotionally to face an incredibly hostile crowd twice and he pitched his ass off to help the Angels win.
2 Jered Weaver Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 1
Jered Weaver – So this is what happens when Weaver doesn’t face the Twins every outing.  Yuck.
3 Mark Trumbo green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Mark Trumbo – Mark Trumbo is officially a grown ass man now.
4 Mike Trout green arrow up+5
Last Week: 9
Mike TroutHave you accepted Mike Trout as your personal lord and savior?  I know I have.
5 Howie Kendrick green arrow up+2
Last Week: 7
Howie Kendrick – He’s been hitting like his old self lately, but never in an important situation it seems.  Of course, I don’t see how I can bust on him for that when the same thing can be said about everyone on this team.
6 Torii Hunter Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 3
Torii Hunter – He had one hit all week, a home run.  At least he made it count.
7 Scott Downs green arrow up+1
Last Week: 8
Scott Downs – For the second time this season, Downs looks like he is seriously hurt but manages to shake it off and comeback looking better than ever just a few days later.  And people say the Angels have had no luck.
8 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 6
Albert Pujols – I honestly don’t think I can be rational about Boojols anymore.  Let’s just move on.
9 Dan Haren Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 5
Dan Haren – Let’s just hope these back spasms are a brief bump in the road.
10 Ernesto Frieri green arrow up+3
Last Week: 13
Ernesto Frieri – Some say he is the closer of the future.  I say the future started when he got demigod Josh Hamilton looking on Saturday.
11 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 10
Kendrys Morales – A sore Achilles is no surprise, nagging injuries like this were bound to happen with Morales and all the more reason the Angels are smart to limit his playing time… well, that and he can’t hit lefties.
12 Ervin Santana green arrow up+2
Last Week: 14
Ervin Santana – I don’t know what he did that caused the Angels’ bats to not score a single run for him in five straight starts, but now that he was gotten back on their good side, I highly recommend he not repeat whatever the original transgression was.
13 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+2
Last Week: 15
Maicer Izturis – I’m starting to think that the wrong Angels shortstop got the contract extension.
14 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 12
Jerome WilliamsI refuse to penalize Jerome for his pseudo-spot start on Friday.  That was an untenable situation for most any pitcher and, if anything, he should be rewarded for taking one for the team.
15 Jordan Walden green arrow up+6
Last Week: 21
Jordan Walden – A 1-2-3 inning with a two-run lead against Texas is another step forward in the resurrection of Walden.  It might take awhile, but he’ll get there.
16 Alberto Callaspo green arrow up+6
Last Week: 22
Alberto Callaspo – Just when the roster logjam was starting to resolve itself, Callaspo has caught fire in May (.986 OPS) and turned third base back into a daily guessing game on who will get the start.
17 Peter Bourjos green arrow up+2
Last Week: 19
Peter Bourjos – The more I think about it, the more I realize that the Free Peter Bourjos campaign should really be the Free Guy Who Isn’t Vernon Wells campaign.
18 Vernon Wells – 0
Last Week: 18
Vernon Wells – Remember how everyone said there is no way he can be as bad as last year?  WRONG!  Wells is posting worse numbers in almost every single offensive category compared to his final numbers for the abortion that was his 2011 season.  If there is any justice in this world, he’ll be benched if not released by the end of the week.
19 Erick Aybar Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 17
Erick Aybar – I’ve been too obsessed with figuring out what’s wrong with Pujols to even begin trying to figure out why Aybar has been so wretched this season.
20 Bobby Wilson green arrow up+3
Last Week: 23
Bobby WilsonFor the next two months, this guy is the starting catcher… yep.  Hey, umm, does anyone have Bengie Molina’s phone number?  I want to talk to him about something.  Actually, that’s not fair, Wilson isn’t that horrible, but the last thing the Halos need is another offensive liability in the lineup.
21 David Carpenter Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 20
David Carpenter – I like Carpenter quite a bit, but I’m still not ready to see him pitching in high leverage situations.
22 Jason Isringhausen green arrow up+2
Last Week: 24
Jason Isringhausen – If not for this weekly feature, I don’t think I’d even remember that he is still on the team.
23 Hisanori Takahashi green arrow up+2
Last Week: 25
Hisanori Takahashi – How bad does it have to get when Taka can’t even get into a game as a mop-up man anymore?
24 John Hester – 0
Last Week: n/a
John Hester – I have no idea if he is any good, but my wife assures me he is very handsome, so he has that going for him.
25 David Pauley – 0
Last Week: n/a
David Pauley – Mop, mop, mop, all day long.  Mop, mop, mop while I sing this song.

Biggest Riser: Callaspo, Walden up six spots each

Biggest Dropper: Haren, down four spots

Dropped from rankings: Chris Iannetta (injured, but he’ll be back), LaTroy Hawkins (same thing)

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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