Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 8

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Mike Trout - He's still not all the way back, but how can I possibly penalize Trout after his first career walk-off homer? What kind of monster do you take me for?
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Albert Pujols - Those two homers off of Price saved his ranking bacon. But if he leaves another small village stranded on base next week, extreme measures will be taken.
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C.J. Wilson - An impressive shutout for C.J. combined with one iffy combined with him throwing a millon pitches all cancels each other out to leave Wilson steady in the rankings.
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Garrett Richards - I've been swept up in the narrative of Richards evolving into an ace and done the unthinkable by vaulting him over the Angels' nominal ace.
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Jered Weaver - Weaver says he feels as good as he has in years, but the performance is quite matching that just yet. It's close, but not quite there.
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Howie Kendrick - A tough week for Howie, but fret not for he should not have to hit in the heart of the order for much longer.
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Joe Smith - So what do we call Smith now since he is the top reliever in the bullpen but not really the closer? Closer-ish? Quasi-Closer? The Fireman? I'm willing to take suggestions.
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Last Week: 11
Ernesto Frieri - All looks well with Frieri, for now. More importantly, he seems OK with being Closer 1B (Semi-Closer? We need a name for him, too.)
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Erick Aybar - Aybar stole another base! Now he's tied with other speed demons like Pujols and Ibanez.
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Chris Iannetta - Rare is the week when Iannetta walks but twice yet still has an OBP broaching .400.
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Last Week: 10
Michael Kohn - Kohn finally did start getting more high leverage situations but also finally gave up another run. Such is life in the Bullpen of Perpetual Sorrow.
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Last Week: 7
Tyler Skaggs - Skaggs has been more bad than good lately, which is typical of a young pitcher that the league now has a decent amount of video on.
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Hank Conger - A whole lot of lefty starters this week meant not very much Conger in our lives. It didn't help that he didn't do very much in his limited action.
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Collin Cowgill - The BABIP is still over .400 but he is still getting on-base via the walk. He's going to be a hard guy to plant on the bench once Hamilton and Calhoun return.
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Last Week: 14
C.J. Cron - Cron slowed down this week, but he got BABIP'd something fierce. He still looks like he will be the lone call-up that sticks in the majors once everyone starts coming off the DL.
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Last Week: 17
Mike Morin - Morin was the most heavily used bullpen arm this week, but still never saw anything but low leverage situations. He also surrendered his first run, so we'll see if Scioscia loses any faith in the rookie next week.
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Raul Ibanez - All the lefty starters only allowed Ibanez two step to the plate eleven times, but he delivered with three walks, two hits and two RBIs.

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Grant Green- Green raked this week and his likely reward will be getting sent back down to Triple-A before the next edition of these rankings.
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Fernando Salas - Salas already fell behind Kohn on the depth chart this week and then had two more shaky outings that should soon find him looking up at Morin as well before long.

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Matt Shoemaker - Wait, is there a possibility that Shoemaker might actually be good? I mean, not like mid-rotation starter good, but legitimate back-end starter for several years good. It sure looks like it so far.
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Efren Navarro - All Efren Navarro does is hit doubles, apparently.
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John McDonald - Some nice defensive work for McDonald this week as he filled in for Freese. That's about all you can ask for.
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Hector Santiago - So, how is Santiago supposed to fix his mechanical issues when he doesn't get into a game all week?
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Kevin Jepsen - No need to poll the audience to find a label for Jepsen's role. We all know it is Mop-Up Man.
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Luis Jimenez -
Lucho continues to whiff like crazy and look generally overmatched by big league pitching.

Dropped From Rankings: Ian Stewart (tried hitting the ball with his wrist and made contact for a change), Cory Rasmus (sent back to where he belongs)

Biggest Faller: Skaggs, down five spots

Biggest Riser: Iannetta and Frieri, up three 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.