Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 8

The Angels continue to teeter on the edge of irrelevancy but that won't stop us from ranking the players under the (misguided?) belief that they can snap out of this funk….

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS
1 – 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutTrout had another great week but the looking strikeouts, of which he had four this week, are really starting to make my blood boil.
2 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 3
Howie Kendrick – Not only is he beating the crap out of the ball right now, he hasn't GIDP'd in 11 games and counting.
3 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 2
Mark Trumbo - He only had six hits last week, but five of them were extra-base hits. We can live with that.
4 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 7
Jason Vargas - Vargas is either going to be a big reason the Angels got back into the Wild Card race or he is going to be a nice trade chip at the deadline.
5 – 0
Last Week: 5
C.J. Wilson - He finally went seven innings! Hallelujah!
6 – 0
Last Week: 6
Albert Pujols – It used to be that a week of an .852 OPS was a mild disappointment for The Machine. Now it is a sign of hope.
7 green arrow up+3
Last Week: 10
Alberto Callaspo - Has Alberto Callaspo ever hit a homer that wasn't of critical importance?
8 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 4
Ernesto FrieriFrieri seemed to go out of his way this week to make sure that Ryan Madson gets pushed into the closer job sooner rather than alter.
9 green arrow up+7
Last Week: 16
Jerome WilliamsWilliams is giving the Angels everything they thought they were getting from Blanton and yet I still fear he will be moved back to the bullpen when Weaver comes back.
10 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 11
Scott Downs - With as bad as the rest of the pen has been, what does Scioscia have to lose by letting Downs face a few righties?
11 Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 8
Erick Aybar – You have to love a leadoff man with a .263 OBP.
12 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 17
Chris Iannetta - Iannetta drew seven walks in the last week. Josh Hamilton has ten walks all season.
13 green arrow up+2
Last Week: 15
Josh HamiltonA .304 batting average and .478 slugging last week for Hamilton? Is this real life?
14 Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 9
Dane De La RosaHis arm still hasn't fallen off, but it sure seems like his effectiveness has taken a big hit.
15 green arrow up+8
Last Week: 23
Robert Coello - From completely anonymous to pitching six innings in four appearances this week to arguably make him a vital part of the Angel bullpen. Yeah, that is totally normal and sustainable.
16 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 12
Michael Kohn - The first rule of relief pitching is you don't walk Jeff Keppinger on four pitches with the bases loaded.
17 green arrow up+5
Last Week: 22
J.B. Shuck  - Alright, I give in. Shuck ain't half bad with the bat. He's kind of a circus in the field sometimes though.
18 green arrow up+1
Last Week: 19
Brendan Harris - Going into the season, I think we an all safely say that there was no scenario that anyone envisioned in which Brendan Harris would have to play both left field and first base.
19 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 18
Hank Conger - Since his defensive debacle in Houston, Conger has only made two starts, both with Wilson on the mound. So much for the proclamation that he'd start stealing playing time from Iannetta.
20 Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 13
Garrett RichardsSo what do the Angels do with Richards now? They shifted him back to the bullpen because they thought he'd be a weapon and now he kind of stinks in that role.
21 Red arrow down-7
Last Week: 14
Joe Blanton - Nine innings pitched this week and 23(!) hits allowed. If he keeps his rotation spot after Weaver comes back, then Scioscia really does need to be fired.
22 – 0
Last Week: n/a
Michael Roth - Roth has a future in this league but for now he is the designated sacrificial lamb.
23 Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
Luis Jimenez – Well, it was fun while it lasted. See you in September, Lucho.
24 Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 20
Mark Lowe - With Madson and Burnett due back in the coming week or two, Lowe should probably start looking for apartments in Salt Lake.
25 Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 24
Barry Enright - Finally., someone who can make Joe Blanton look good by comparison.

Dropped from rankings: Scott Cousins (kicked to curb)

Biggest Riser: Coello, up eight spots

Biggest Dropper: Blanton and Richards, down seven spots each

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