Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 7

The Angels finally have, well, something going. I'm not sure what it is, but the lukewarm-to-hot streak is mostly being led by one man with some help from some unlikely sources….

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 2
Mike TroutDoes he earn extra MVP votes at season's end for saving his team from being the victim of a perfect game?
2 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 1
Mark Trumbo - After ascending to number one and earning praise from many media outlets, Trumbo went and posted a .591 OPS last week. Welp.
3 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Howie Kendrick – Kendrick had another fine week, but once again that fine week was sullied by an untimely and back-breaking GIDP.
4 green arrow up+7
Last Week: 11
Ernesto FrieriPicking up three saves on three consecutive days, one of which was a five-out save, was absolutely heroic for the Angels.
5 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 9
C.J. Wilson - Maybe I am just being naive, but he seems like he is inching closer and closer to breaking through. Or maybe he is just facing some really pathetic lineups right now.
6 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 3
Albert Pujols – This is getting really depressing. There just doesn' look to be any real sign that Pujols will snap out of this any time soon. At least not without a leg transplant or two.
7 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 6
Jason Vargas - It is never a good sign that your personal hot streak got interrupted by the Astros.
8 – 0
Last Week: 8
Erick Aybar – Hooray! Aybar is back… aaaaaaand he's hurt again.
9 green arrow up+9
Last Week: 18
Dane De La RosaA strong week for DDLR, but the best part was that he was only used twice. Seriously, I was about to report Scioscia to social services for his physical abuse of Dane's arm.
10 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 7
Alberto Callaspo - I thought there might be some kind of controversy at the hot corner between Beto and Lucho, but it looks like it is more a controversy of picking from the lesser of two evils.
11 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 13
Scott Downs - Let me just put it this way: I'm running out of jokes for how often Downs gets hurt on a routine fielding play.
12 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 15
Michael Kohn - Kohn appeared in 4 games this week but for only 2.1 innings. Is he now a ROOGY?
13 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 14
Garrett RichardsMaybe I am just reading into it too much, but Richards doesn't look like he is all that into this relief pitching thing right now.
14 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 16
Joe Blanton - Blanton has been not terrible lately yet the Angels have been completely unable to take advantage.
15 green arrow up+6
Last Week: 21
Josh HamiltonFor him, he had a great week, but he still only managed a .174 average and .762 OPS in two series against terrible teams. Really can't wait for him to keep on being more aggressive.
16 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 17
Jerome WilliamsA nice bounceback start for Williams as he continues to buy time for the Halos until Weaver returns from his broken non-throwing elbow and whatever injury to his throwing arm the Halos are pretending he doesn't have.
17 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 12
Chris Iannetta - He is still drawing walks, but it feels like forever since Iannetta got a hit.
18 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 19
Hank Conger - Not to make this all about me, but maybe you could've waited a week for that three-error game instead of doing it the same day I post something on how your defense should earn you more playing time.
19 green arrow up+4
Last Week: 23
Brendan Harris - Two homers in a week? I love Brendan Harris all over again!
20 – 0
Last Week: n/a

Mark Lowe - Hey, everyone! Mark Lowe is back!!!
….
….
(crickets)

21 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 22
Luis Jimenez – I like the idea of Lucho becoming a utilityman. I'd like it a lot better if he'd start hitting again.
22 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 20
J.B. Shuck  - He had a 1.071 OPS before Bourjos got hurt and owns a .523 OPS since the injury. Way to make the most of an opportunity.
23 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Robert Coello - I like to think I know just about everything about the Angels but I have no freaking idea what a Robert Coello is.
24 – 0
Last Week: 24
Barry Enright - Some year the Angels will have good rotation depth. This is not that year.
25 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Scott Cousins - Yet another reason why the Angels are hating that Kole Calhoun broke his hand at the absolute wrong time.

Dropped from rankings: Peter Bourjos (hamstrung), Tommy Hanson (restricted list), Ryan Brasier (back where he belongs)

Biggest Riser: De La Rosa, up nine spots

Biggest Dropper: Iannetta, down five spots

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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 7

Now that the Angels season has limped past the quarter pole, it is time for a shake up in the Angel Player Power Rankings.  No longer shall the rankings factor in any preconceived notions we had about players entering the season.  That’s great news for Mark Trumbo and not so great news for Albert Pujols and Howie Kendrick.

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

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 Mark Trumbo green arrow up+2
Last Week: 3
Mark Trumbo – Not only is he beating the hell out of the ball right now, he is also talking a big game in terms of his approach and general hitting philosophy that I almost wish the Halos had named him the interim hitting coach.
2 Jered Weaver – 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver – If not for Weaver, the Angels would’ve been swept by the lowly Padres.  That still doesn’t atone for the egg he laid in Texas though.
3 Mike Trout green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Mike TroutOne can’t help but wonder what the Angel record would be if Mike Trout had been a starter since Opening Day.
4 C.J. Wilson Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 1
C.J. Wilson – All that respect I was talking about C.J. earning for his consecutive starts against Texas went out the window when he crapped the bed against the White Sox.
5 Scott Downs green arrow up+2
Last Week: 7
Scott Downs – Scott Downs hasn’t allowed a run to score all year and still somehow is losing his grip on the closer’s job.
6 Ernesto Frieri green arrow up+4
Last Week: 10
Ernesto Frieri – The only thing more futile than the Angels offense is opposing batters trying to make contact with Frieri’s tailing fastball.  Just look at his stats as an Angel: 25 batters faced, 14 strikeouts, 0 hits.
7 Ervin Santana green arrow up+5
Last Week: 12
Ervin Santana – Ervin had a heck of a week with just two runs allowed in 13.2 innings of work.  Too bad he only got one win to show for it.
8 Dan Haren green arrow up+1
Last Week: 9
Dan Haren – Good news: Haren’s back problem looks like it is better.  Bad news: Haren’s run support problem might be getting worse.
9 Kendrys Morales green arrow up+2
Last Week: 11
Kendrys Morales – Pinch-hitting is not his strong suit.
10 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 5
Howie Kendrick – The GA-stache is gone, but the inability to hit with runners in scoring position remains.
11 Jerome Williams green arrow up+3
Last Week: 14
Jerome WilliamsCan Jerome get himself some Comeback Player of the Year love?
12 Jordan Walden green arrow up+3
Last Week: 15
Jordan Walden – Since losing the closer gig, Waldo has pitcher 7.2 innings, allowed three hits, three walks, zero runs while fanning six batters.  If only the rest of the Angel relieves could be as bad as Scioscia thinks he is.
13 Maicer Izturis – 0
Last Week: 13
Maicer Izturis – Izzy had been hitting so well that he’s been playing almost everyday this month.  All that action finally seems to have caught up to Mr. Glass though and he hit the wall, going hitless in his last 16 at-bats.
14 Albert Pujols Red arrow down-6
Last Week: 8
Albert Pujols – I hate to move him down after a week in which he hit two homers, but we aren’t allowing pre-season expectations to factor in anymore and he pretty much didn’t do anything else this week.  Sorry, Albert.
15 Alberto Callaspo green arrow up+1
Last Week: 16
Alberto Callaspo – Callaspo has been coming on lately, but 3 extra-base hits all season?  Even Reggie Willits thinks that’s weak.
16 Peter Bourjos green arrow up+1
Last Week: 17
Peter Bourjos – I am convinced that the babyfaced Bourjos grew the beard he is currently rocking as some sort of clever ruse to trick Scioscia into thinking he was actually an old veteran player and thus deserving of playing everyday no matter how poorly he performs.  Unfortunately for Peter, the beard is just too patchy to fool anyone.
17 Erick Aybar green arrow up+2
Last Week: 19
Erick Aybar – I’m sure it is just a coincidence, but Aybar has caught fire since Mickey Hatcher was fired.  Yes… a coincidence… riiiiiiiiiight.
18 Vernon Wells – 0
Last Week: 18
Vernon Wells – It is the most Vernon Wells thing ever for him to finally be on a bit of a hot streak and then injure himself.  Oh, Vernon.
19 David Carpenter green arrow up+2
Last Week: 21
David Carpenter – Before his gutsy effort on Sunday, the comment here was not going to be nearly as friendly.
20 Jason Isringhausen green arrow up+2
Last Week: 22
Jason Isringhausen – Even when he pitches well, his outings are rather harrowing, especially yesterday’s adventure in San Diego.  Woof.
21 Hisanori Takahashi green arrow up+1
Last Week: 23
Hisanori Takahashi – After pitching just twice since April 27th, Taka made four appearances in the last week.  More importantly, he only allowed two hits this week.
22 Bobby Wilson Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 20
Bobby WilsonI hereby dub thee Jeff FAThis.
23 John Hester green arrow up+1
Last Week: 24
John Hester – He can’t possibly have endeared himself to Lord of Catchers Scioscia with his bad fielding decision that basically cost the Angels the game on Saturday in addition to his inability to get a sacrifice bunt down.
24 Ryan Langerhans – 0
Last Week: n/a
Ryan Langerhans – Hey, new guy, a little advice for you.  If your first at-bat of the season comes with the game-tying run at third base with two outs in the ninth, you might want to think about swinging the bat.  Also, don’t butcher a flyball and then smash your shoulder into the wall.  Just a suggestion.
25 David Pauley – 0
Last Week: 25
David Pauley – YOU CAN’T EVEN GET A PITCHER OUT, YOU BUM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Biggest Riser: Santana, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: Pujols, down six spots

Dropped from rankings: Torii Hunter (restricted list)

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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