Angels Players Power Rankings – Week 21

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Mike Trout - If Trout has another 1-for-19 week with 7 Ks, is Scioscia going to tell us he isn't the same player either?
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Garrett Richards - I don't know who even suggested the idea of Richards starting on short rest in Oakland, but that person should probably shut up.
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Albert Pujols - A big week for Pujols, including five walks. It is almost like teams aren't afraid to pitch to the guy hitting behind him.
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Last Week: 6
Kole Calhoun - A huge week for Calhoun. You could say that he's "red" hot. You know, because he has red hair. Nobody ever points that out.
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Last Week: 4
Jered Weaver - Weaver got away with one this week, which is basically a microcosm of the Angels' week as a whole.
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Last Week: 5
Huston Street - Street is good, but apparently he isn't "use him four out of five days" good.
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Joe Smith - I wonder if the reason Smith allowed runs in two straight appearances had anything to do with fellow sidearmer Vinnie Pestano. Maybe this is a Highlander situation and there can be only one, so Smith was distracted, thinking Pestano might try and cut his head off with a broadsword, thus absorbing his life energy. Yep, that sounds about right.
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Last Week: 10
Howie Kendrick - I was hoping Howie's bat would wake up, but even I wasn't greedy enough to hope for him to homer for the first time in two months. It's like Christmas come early!
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Last Week: 8
Erick Aybar - The answer to the question "how long will it take to Scioscia to realize that Aybar isn't hitting and drop him in the batting order?" is: one month.

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Last Week: 9
Matt Shoemaker - Somehow we've gone from wondering whether Shoemaker or Santiago would stay in the regular season rotation to wondering which of them would get to be part of the post-season rotation.
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Last Week: 13
David Freese - Another very nice week for Freese. At some point Scioscia's going to catch on and stop burying him in the eight-hole.
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Last Week: 14
Chris Iannetta - Not only did Iannetta hit well this week, but he hit well against right-handed pitching. It is only a matter of time before he is able to fully phase out Hank Conger.
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Last Week: 17
Hector Santiago - I'm still not sure how it happened, but Hector Santiago now owns the second-best ERA in the Angels rotation.
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Last Week: 11
Kevin Jepsen - I know I am a Jepsen alarmist, but he's been pretty shaky the last two weeks and I fear that he might be about to turn back into a pumpkin.
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Collin Cowgill - Cowgill didn't get a lot of chances this week, but he made the most of his opportunities. At some point, Scioscia should probably just make him the full-time DH instead of platooning him with the Triple-A flavor of the month.
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Mike Morin - It is good to have Morin back, but it is even nicer that the Angels didn't miss him while he was gone.
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Last Week: 16
Jason Grilli - Grilli finally got some much needed rest this week, but he still managed to muck up the two outs he was asked to get.
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Last Week: 21
C.J. Wilson - Beam status update: C.J. now has two feet on the beam, but he's only able to shuffle forward inch-by-inch while wildly flailing his arms so he doesn't fall off.
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Fernando Salas - Somehow Salas was the only Angel reliever to be perfect this week because baseball is weird.

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Last Week: 12
Josh Hamilton- When you first see that Hamilton actually had a .769 OPS this week, you don't realize what the problem is. Then you realize he made ten outs this week and eight of those came via the strikeout. After that, everything makes perfect sense.
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Last Week: 20
Cory Rasmus - Rasmus didn't pitch this week, which is a good thing since he only seems to pitch in blowouts and marathon extra inning games.
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Last Week: 18
Efren Navarro - Navarro became the forgotten man this week, but with Boesch going 0-for-the week, we should be getting more of Efren in the very near future.
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Hank Conger - The more Hank Conger struggles, the more Chris Iannetta's agent thinks about asking for a contract extension this off-season.
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Brennan Boesch - Feel free to spark the offense any time now, Brennan. Just go right on ahead. Take your time. We'll wait.
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John McDonald - John McDonald might be the embodiment of "replacement level player."

Dropped From Rankings: Cam Bedrosian (gone ’til September), C.J. Cron (gone to learn how to take a first pitch)

Biggest Faller: Hamilton, down eight spots

Biggest Riser: Santiago, up four spots

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