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Angels Player Power Rankings – Week 16

As always, the rankings are based on a player’s overall season performance with a weight on recent performance.

1 Mike Trout — 0
Last Week: 1
Mike TroutRemember when everyone said it was going to take a few years for Trout’s power to manifest itself?  Yeah, he could hit 30 dingers in 140 games this season.
2 Jered Weaver — 0
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver After some rough starts against the Rangers in recent years, it was nice to see Jered shove it up their backside this weekend.
3 Albert Pujols green arrow up+1
Last Week: 4
Albert PujolsHere are Albert’s OPS numbers by month, starting in April.  .570, .800, .977 and 1.030.  I’m no math whiz, but I think that means his OPS in September will be a gazillion.
4 Mark Trumbo Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 3
Mark Trumbo – Seven of his last 15 hits have been home runs.  That’s just stupid, like, Mark McGwire in 1998 level stupid.
5 C.J. Wilson — 0
Last Week: 5
C.J. Wilson – Remember how everyone was saying Wilson’s peripherals didn’t match his real numbers.  Yeah, they are starting to converge, and not in a good way.
6 Ernesto Frieri — 0
Last Week: 6
Ernesto Frieri – Save opportunities are starting to get real interesting with Ernasty.  To think, some folks want the Angels to trade for K-Rod again.  Who needs him?  We have our own cardiac-arrest-inducing closer already.
7 Dan Haren — 0
Last Week: n/a
Dan Haren it is good to have the old Dan Haren back.  I just don’t remember the part where the old Dan Haren had Amish facial hair.
8 Torii Hunter Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 9
Torii Hunter – The power has gone missing again, but he’s still proving to be a nice fit in the two-hole.  I still don’t know if he is earning himself another contract though.
9 Scott Downs Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 8
Scott Downs – This is starting to go from Downs being overdue to give up some runs to him being disturbingly ineffective since the break.
10 Alberto Callaspo — 0
Last Week: 10
Alberto Callaspo – I’m not sure if it is a testament to Callaspo or to how poor the third base market is that the Angels haven’t been linked to any trades for upgrades at the hot corner.
11 Kendrys Morales Red arrow down-4
Last Week: 7
Kendrys Morales – It is funny to think that some people believe K-Mo is a real trade chip when he is probably a week away from falling to a platoon at DH with Vernon freaking Wells.
12 Garrett Richards — 0
Last Week: n/a
Garrett Richards – With his ability to keep his velocity at 96 MPH late into the game, Richards could be a nightmare for opposing batters once he learns the finer points of pitching.
13 Howie Kendrick Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 12
Howie Kendrick – With Aybar out, I guess this means that Scioscia is going to have to stop benching Howie once a week, right?  Right?????
14 Erick Aybar Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 11
Erick Aybar – Maybe this is a blessing in disguise?  Aybar’s bat was headed back into the tank this week before he shot himself in the foot, semi-figuratively.
15 Jason Isringhausen Red arrow down-1
Last Week: 14
Jason Isringhausen – He has appeared in only two games since the All-Star break despite the Angels having an overworked bullpen.  I guess he is back to his old role of being underutilized for no apparent reason.
16 LaTroy Hawkins Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 13
LaTroy Hawkins – What is with all the old guy relievers struggling after getting four days off?  Isn’t it supposed to work the other way around?
17 Maicer Izturis green arrow up+1
Last Week: 18
Maicer Izturis – Now would be a real good time for Maicer to stop having the worst season of his career.
18 Peter Bourjos Red arrow down-3
Last Week: 15
Peter Bourjos – The .519 OPS Petey has posted this month is not helping his trade value nor is it helping him convince the Angels that he shouldn’t be traded.
19 Bobby Wilson green arrow up+1
Last Week: 20
Bobby Wilson – After seeing the Fat Catcher Jig, I take back every bad thing I said about Bobby Wilson and can only hope he starts slugging homers at a Trumbo-nian pace.
20 Kevin Jepsen green arrow up+5
Last Week: 25
Kevin Jepsen All of the sudden, Kevin Jepsen is a middle relief linchpin.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.
21 Jerome Williams Red arrow down-5
Last Week: 16
Jerome Williams – I’m not saying Jerome didn’t deserve to lose his rotation spot, I just don’t know that he deserved to be the first Angels starter to get kicked to the curb.
22 David Carpenter green arrow up+1
Last Week: 23
David Carpenter – His ERA in June was 2.63 and his ERA in July is 1.81.  That apparently gets you sent down to the minors in this day and age.
23 John Hester Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 21
John Hester – When Iannetta returns, Hester might get to hang around as a third catcher… for some reason.
24 Hisanori Takahashi Red arrow down-2
Last Week: 22
Hisanori Takahashi – Hey, Jerry, I know you’re busy looking for a new starting pitcher, but let’s not forget about the need for another southpaw reliever either.
25 Ervin Santana Red arrow down-8
Last Week: 17
Ervin Santana – Go to your room, Ervin.  And don’t come out until you think about what you’ve done, or until Dipoto DFAs you.

Biggest Riser: Jepsen, up five spots

Biggest Dropper: Santana, down eight spots

Added to the rankings: Dan Haren (activated from DL), Garrett Richards (promoted)

Dropped from rankings: Jordan Walden (placed on DL), Andrew Romine (demoted, not that anyone ever knew he was there)