Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 9

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Mike Trout - Hey everyone! Guess who's back to being superhuman again? Who said "Vernon Wells?" Someone's always gotta be a jerk.
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Albert Pujols - He's still not quite there with the batting average, but there is plenty of power. I'll allow it.
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Last Week: 5
Jered Weaver - Alright! Weaver is back to pitching like an ace!!! I never doubted him. Now if you'll excuse me, I have some other business to attend to.
(deletes last two months worth of blog postings all about doubting Weaver)
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Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - C.J.'s arm managed not to fall off his body after the 127-pitch shutout last week, so he was able to easily contain the Royals. Then again, I think he still would've even if his arm did fall off.
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Last Week: 6
Howie Kendrick - Oh, look! Mike Scioscia finally remembered that his earlier Kendrick-batting-leadoff experiment worked out great and has reinstated it after canceling it for no good damn reason. Thanks(?).
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Last Week: 4
Garrett Richards - Seriously, why can't Garrett Richards pitch well against Houston? Just imagine how bad he's going to be against them if they ever get to be any good.
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Last Week: 8
Ernesto Frieri - Ernesto Frieri appears to be back as the closer. I'm sure that'll last forever and ever and ever.
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Last Week: 7
Joe Smith - This was a weird week where the Angels won a lot of games but barely needed their best reliever and the one time they did use him, he blew a save.
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Erick Aybar - Aybar broke out his hitting slump this week, but his basestealing slump remains as he was caught stealing in his (and the Angels') lone attempt.
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Chris Iannetta - Two homers this week, including a game-winner. Yeah, that'll work just fine.
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Last Week: 12
Tyler Skaggs - It doesn't always show in his ERA, but Skaggs is getting better. His strikeouts are steadily climbing as his walks slowly decrease. This is all good news.
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Last Week: 13
Hank Conger - I'm not saying this because I predicted a breakout season for Conger (OK, maybe a little bit), but he currently leads all AL catchers with 70+ plate appearances in slugging percentage.
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Last Week: 15
C.J. Cron - Not just one walk this week but TWO! Maybe he should just quite while he's ahead.
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Last Week: 11
Michael Kohn - Kohn really hit the skids this week. In his past seasons, it has taken him a long time to pull out of said skids. Let's hope he figures it out faster this time as he was well on his way to being a key bullpen piece.
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Last Week: 14
Collin Cowgill - While we were all busy trying to keep Cowgill in the lineup, his offensive production took a savage beating from the regression stick this week. His glove is still might fine though.
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Kole Calhoun - Kole is back, at least physically. His talent must've gotten lost when he checked it at the airline counter when he flew in from Salt Lake last week.

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Last Week: 18
Grant Green- If only the Angels could find a role for Green. He is more than ready and more than deserving. On the bright side, soon he will be back in the minors and I won't have to hear my wife swooning over him every game.

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Last Week: 20
Matt Shoemaker - Another solid week of work, kid! Now, here's your ticket back to the shitty existence that is a minor leaguer's life. Enjoy the Chipotle.
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Last Week: 16
Mike Morin - Just as there was an opening for Morin to finally get out of his low leverage role, he went and crapped the bed in extra innings. Drat.
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Last Week: 17
Raul Ibanez - Ibanez actually got a chance to play this week and while it still wasn't pretty, it was better. He will live to see another day. Unfortunately, he'll probably continue to hit fourth or fifth as well.
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Last Week: 19
Fernando Salas - Somehow Salas keeps surviving as one of Scioscia's more trusted middle relievers even though every outing of his seems like he is dancing on a tightrope while juggling flaming chainsaws.
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David Freese -
Freese is back and kinda-sorta remembering how to hit. I guess that'll have to do.
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John McDonald - After a brief foray of actually getting to touch a bat, it is back to cheerleading and late-inning defensive replacement work.
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Kevin Jepsen - I really don't know how much of a call there is for a ROOGY in modern bullpens, but Scioscia looks like he is going to give it a try with Jepsen.
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Sean Burnett - The fables are true! Sean Burnett does exist. I've seen it with my own eyes. Someone get the National Enquirer on the line, STAT!

Dropped From Rankings: Luis Jimenez (demoted, needs to be un-libre’d), Efren Navarro (demoted, but earned a lot of respect), Hector Santiago (demoted, re-education)

Biggest Faller: Kohn, Morin and Ibanez, down three spots each

Biggest Riser: Shoemaker, Cron and Weaver, up two spots each


Garrett Wilson

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Garrett Wilson is the founder and Supreme Overlord of 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.