Angels Players Power Rankings – Week 16

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Mike Trout - Get ready, folks. The Mike Trout MVP hype machine is going to get started after the break. He's the clear favorite for the award this time and the next several weeks are going to play out as one big lovefest as a result.
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Garrett Richards - John Farrell's snubbing of Richards has officially reached "troll" level. The only way he can make it worse is placing a personal call to Richards right before the All-Star Game just to remind Richards one more time that he didn't get picked.
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Last Week: 4
Albert Pujols - Pujols is on fire again. I want to believe it will last, but I've been burned too many times already.

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Last Week: 3
Josh Hamilton- Hamilton has cooled off considerably, but he did have a solid week in Arlington which had to be pretty gratifying.
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Jered Weaver - That back injury scare proved to be little more than a scare, but hopefully enough of one to frighten Dipoto into pursuing some rotation depth.
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Kole Calhoun - Calhoun has finally been freed from the shackles of the platoon and all it took was him raking for a month and Collin Cowgill breaking his own face.
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Last Week: 8
Howie Kendrick - I should probably try and make some sort of half-baked claim about Howie deserving to be an All-Star here. I probably should do that. Probably.
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Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - Not that Aybar doesn't deserve it, but it is weird that he is an All-Star and Richards isn't.
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Joe Smith - Five innings, five saves, five strikeouts, no walks, no hits. Yet still the Huston Street and Joakim Soria rumors persist. That seems fair.
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Last Week: 13
Chris Iannetta - His numbers are obviously artificially enhanced by the platoon situation, but one could make a case that Iannetta was something of an All-Star snub himself. Provided you don't pay attention to that whole "defense" thing, of course.
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Last Week: 15
Kevin Jepsen - Jepsen was terrific again this week. That is a sentence I never would've expected to type going into this season, or any other season, even if I started a blog about a local beer league softball team.
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Last Week: 10
C.J. Cron - Cron is officially in his first slump at a big leaguer. Now is where we find out what he is really made of. (SPOILER ALERT: Carbon. He's made of carbon, primarily.)
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Last Week: 12
David Freese - Freese cooled off this week (pun not intended), but even his bad weeks now are better than his "good" weeks the first two months of the season.
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Mike Morin - Morin had another vulnerable week, though nothing too bad. Let's just hope this doesn't mean the league is starting to figure him out.
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Last Week: 11
C.J. Wilson - That ankle injury seems awfully convenient, but at least it will give C.J. some time to figure out what exactly has gone so wrong.

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Matt Shoemaker - His only "start" this week was really a relief appearance, but he still lives to see another turn or two through the rotation.
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Last Week: 18
Jason Grilli - Grilli has been OK with the Halos, but more importantly, Ernesto Frieri continues to be a raging dumpster fire despite his move to Pittsburgh. Addition by subtraction.
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Last Week: 19
Hector Santiago - All it took was fifteen runs of run support for Hector to finally have a big enough cushion to lock down that first win.
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Last Week: 20
Hank Conger - Conger finally showed some life at the plate, but now his throwing yips are back. Maybe we need to start talking about ending the other platoon in the Angels lineup.
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Last Week: 17
Collin Cowgill - Pro tip: if you attempt a bunt and break your face and thumb, you're doing it wrong.
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Last Week: 23
Joe Thatcher - Thatcher didn't pitch much this week, but that's a good thing because it shows that Scioscia isn't going to use him just for the sake of using him, which is kind of surprising.
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Cory Rasmus - Cory Rasmus and Grant Green are locked in a heated competition to win the "Anaheim-Salt Lake Frequent Flyer" Award.
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Fernando Salas - It only took until mid-July for Fernando Salas to inherit a runner and NOT let him score. That's a good thing, right?
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Efren Navarro - I keep saying that the Angels need to acquire a left-handed bench bat, but they keep calling up Efren Navarro and he keeps hitting. I should probably shut up.
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Last Week: 24
John McDonald - Once seldom used, McDonald actually ended up playing in every single game last week.

Dropped From Rankings: Rich Hill (not worth a dollar), Grant Green (demoted, but then promoted)

Biggest Faller: Wilson, down four spots

Biggest Riser: Jepsen, up four spots

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.