Originally posted on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 6/24/13
RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1 -- 0 Last Week: 1 Mike Trout - His numbers are MVP-caliber again because the guy just does everything. Everything except deliver game-winning hits in extra innings. 2 +1 Last Week: 3 Jason Vargas - Vargas was making a push for an All-Star spot and a featured slot in the trade rumor mill. Instead, he gets felled by a blood clot because that is just how the Angels' season is going. 3 -1 Last Week: 2 Howie Kendrick - Kendrick starts getting a noticed as a potential batting title contender... promptly goes 6-for-28. 4 +2 Last Week: 6 Albert Pujols - The Pujols revival continues, though that didn't stop the opposition from intentionally walking Trout to get to Pujols. 5 -- 0 Last Week: 5 Mark Trumbo - With Hamilton temporarily out of the lineup, Trumbo apparently decided he needed to step up and fill the vacated role of useless slugger, going 4-for-29 with 9 strikeouts this week. 6 -2 Last Week: 4 Jered Weaver - Yes, it is officially time to start worrying about Weaver. 7 +8 Last Week: 15 Peter Bourjos - On fire since coming off the DL, so naturally he has to go and wreck his thumb. OF COURSE! 8 +4 Last Week: 12 C.J. Wilson - Wilson seems to be on a bit of a roll now. My guess is that means his elbow will explode in 5... 4... 3... 9 +2 Last Week: 11 Erick Aybar - He still has no business batting leadoff, but at least he finally stole his second base of the season. That's a start. 10 -3 Last Week: 7 Kevin Jepsen - Welp, Jepsen finally found his gas can. I knew I was right about him, but I find myself wishing that I wasn't. 11 -2 Last Week: 9 Chris Iannetta - Iannetta is all peaks and valleys. He either hits .400 in a week or hits .100. There is no in-between. This was a valley week. 12 -4 Last Week: 8 Ernesto Frieri - Only Ernasty can end a streak of absolute domination in such a disastrous way. 13 +6 Last Week: 19 Alberto Callaspo - It didn't get much notice, but Callaspo was on fire this week, going 13-for-26. It only included one extra-base hit, but considering how poorly he had been playing, we won't complain. 14 -4 Last Week: 10 Michael Kohn - Add Kohn to the list of Angel relievers who have started looking rather shaky this week (SPOILER ALERT: all of the Angel relievers are on that list). 15 -1 Last Week: 14 Jerome Williams - Williams got his rotation spot back, but under completely different circumstances than anyone had hoped for. 16 -3 Last Week: 13 Tommy Hanson - Oh, Tommy. No, Tommy. No. 17 +6 Last Week: 23 Joe Blanton - Give credit where credit is due. Blanton was legitimately pretty great this week. 18 -2 Last Week: 16 Scott Downs - If Downs keeps only allowing inherited runners to score and not his own, maybe Dipoto can dupe some GM into giving up actual prospects for Downs at the deadline. 19 +3 Last Week: 22 Dane De La Rosa - It was all mop-up work, but De La Rosa pitched very well this week. With the way Scioscia has handled the pen this year that means Dane will be the top right-handed setup man within two weeks and in the minors three weeks after that. 20 -2 Last Week: 18 Hank Conger - Pay careful attention to the catching rotation. It seems Scioscia has gone away from the personal catcher model with Conger and is now starting him every third game. Maybe that is just a fluke, but it is worth monitoring. 21 -4 Last Week: 17 Garrett Richards - Once again, Richards falls apart with two outs. 22 -2 Last Week: 20 Josh Hamilton - A wrist injury, eh? How very convenient. 23 -2 Last Week: 21 J.B. Shuck  - Shuck actually did quite well with the bat this week, but he must be punished for his epic bungling in the field on Sunday. 24 -- 0 Last Week: 24 Brendan Harris - Brendan Harris should never be the right-handed part of any platoon, yet here we are. 25 -- 0 Last Week: 25 Brad Hawpe - We have reached a bizarre place when Hawpe appears in the lineup in place of Hamilton and we don't even really blink. Dropped from rankings: Nobody, for the first time this season, I think Biggest Riser: Bourjos, up eight spots Biggest Dropper: Richards, Kohn, Frieri, down four spots each [follow]
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