Angels Players Power Rankings – Week 17

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Mike Trout - Hey, Mike Trout finally won an MVP! It's not quite the same as a "real" MVP award, but at least we know people are comfortable voting for him finally.
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Garrett Richards - Richards just went toe-to-toe with King Felix. You know, just like any other pitcher that isn't good enough to be an All-Star would.
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Albert Pujols - I'm pretty sure Pujols firing that arrow at Fraudney bought him at least three weeks of no complaining from the fans about his RISP failings.
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Jered Weaver - Garrett Richards might insist that Weaver is still the staff ace, but I'm not going to be on board with that until Weaver can make it through seven innings in three consecutive starts.
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Kole Calhoun - Calhoun made a few great catches this week. I am going to choose to ignore the fact that the catches came about only because he took a horrible route to the balls in the first place.

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Josh Hamilton- So, we're officially back to a point where teams are pitching around Pujols to get to Hamilton again. I'm not sure if that is a sign of respect for Albert or disrespect for Josh or both.
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Howie Kendrick - Kendrick is on fire to start the second half, which could be big for their odds of chasing down the A's.
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Erick Aybar - Just when Aybar started stealing bases again, he goes and tweaks his groin. Drat.
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Huston Street - Welcome to the team, Huston. Try not to suck.
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Joe Smith - Smith had the audacity to allow two hits this week. I can see why Dipoto felt the need to overpay for a "real" closer now.
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Kevin Jepsen - A hidden benefit of the Street acquisition is the Angels will not be so dependent on Jepsen if/when he turns back into a pumpkin.
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Chris Iannetta - Six at-bats this week. Five strikeouts this week. Gross.
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David Freese - How do you waste a game in which David Freese hits a homer in extra innings?
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C.J. Cron - I wonder how all the people that insisted on the Angels not trading Cron feel about Cron getting demoted to Triple-A to make room for Huston Street, temporary though it might be.
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Mike Morin - One small motivation behind the Street deal might have been that Morin has been pretty ordinary in the last month.

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Matt Shoemaker - Shoemaker didn't pitch this week, but not to worry, his beard is still as luxuriant as ever.
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Jason Grilli - Those fears of Scioscia force-feeding Grilli into the closer role can finally be put to rest.
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Hector Santiago - He finally got his first win last week and he liked it so much he made a relief cameo to vulture another win this week.
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Hank Conger - So, have we gotten any of the details of what Street paid Conger to buy his uniform number off of him? Inquiring minds want to know.
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Grant Green - Scioscia finally remembered that Grant Green was on his bench and actually allowed to play.
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Cory Rasmus - Rasmus has been pretty solid, but he's living on borrowed time on the active roster.
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Efren Navarro - For a team that supposedly didn't have any minor league depth, it should be noted that Efren Navarro and Grant Green both had walk-off hits in this series.
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Fernando Salas - If you want a perfect example of the evolution of the Angels bullpen, look no further than Salas. He opened the year as a the setup man and is now functionally buried at the bottom of the depth chart.
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Joe Thatcher - Thus far Thatcher hasn't really seemed to grasp the concept that LOOGYs are supposed to get lefties out.
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John McDonald - If this Aybar injury lasts awhile, we are going to have to find a way to merge the DNA of McDonald and Grant Green so that they will have a shortstop that can both field and hit.

Dropped From Rankings: Collin Cowgill (worst bunt attempt ever), C.J. Wilson (Conveniently timed ankle injury)

Biggest Faller: Thatcher, down three spots

Biggest Riser: Navarro, up two spots

Garrett Wilson

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