Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 7/23/12

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

RANK PLAYER CHANGE COMMENTS 1
-- 0
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - Remember 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
-- 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
+1
Last Week: 4
Albert Pujols - Here 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
-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
-- 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
-- 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
-- 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
-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

-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

-- 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
-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
-- 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
-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

-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 -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 -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 +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 -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 +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
+5
Last Week: 25
Kevin Jepsen - All of the sudden, Kevin Jepsen is a middle relief linchpin.  Be afraid.  Be very afraid.
21 -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
+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
-2
Last Week: 21
John Hester - When Iannetta returns, Hester might get to hang around as a third catcher... for some reason.
24
-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
-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)

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