Found September 23, 2013 on
Monkey with a Halo:
Los Angeles Angels
Last Week: 1
Mike Trout - Was anyone else shocked that Trout homered in three straight games for the first time in his career last week? I know he has had a short career, but I am always taken aback when I find out he did something for the first time.
Last Week: 3
C.J. Wilson - You know, I honestly don't know why it took me so long to move Wilson in front of Weaver, but it is high time I went ahead and did it.
Last Week: 2
Jered Weaver - So that forearm tightness is back, eh? Mild or not, this continues to plague Weaver and it isn't going to get better as he gets older.
Last Week: 5
Garrett Richards - Another big growth area for Richards this year is that he isn't nearly as susceptible to left-handed batters with his wOBA against lefties just 47 points higher that righties (as opposed to a 90 point gap in 2012).
Last Week: 4
Howie Kendrick - Ready yourselves, folks. This might be the very last week of Howie Kendrick's Angel career.
Last Week: 6
Kole Calhoun - If he had enough ABs to qualify, Calhoun would be third on the entire team in OBP. The Angels simply must find a role for him next season.
Last Week: 8
Josh Hamilton - Not a big week for Hamilton, but maybe he is saving it all up for a huge finale in Arlington where he will have the opportunity to play a major role keeping the Rangers out of the playoffs (though they seem to be doing a good job of that themselves).
Last Week: 7
Jason Vargas - In a weird way Vargas is pitching poorly but still helping his free agency situation since he might be pitching himself out of the range for the Angels to give him a qualifying offer that would otherwise wipeout the market for him.
Last Week: 11
Ernesto Frieri - With almost the exact same workload, Frieri has the same number of walks and homers allowed last season only with four fewer strikeouts and 17 more hits allowed. The difference is a run and a third more of ERA.
Last Week: 10
Erick Aybar - Walks last week: Zero. Sac bunts last week: Two. This from a guy who has hit first or second in 75 of his starts this season.
Last Week: 9
Mark Trumbo - You'll hear a lot this week about Trumbo's quest for 35 homers and 100 RBIs, but we really should be more concerned about his quest for a .300 OBP.
Last Week: 12
J.B. Shuck - Shuck drew five walks this week after drawing five walks in his last 32 games.
Last Week: 14
Dane De La Rosa - WE DID IT! The Angels have one reliever with a sub-3.00 ERA thanks to DDLR. I didn't think it was possible, but we did it.
Last Week: 13
Chris Iannetta - His hot streak ended but at least he mixed in a walk-off single before he went totally ice cold.
Last Week: 15
Grant Green - If they aren't going to let him play third due to lack of experience, then let him play the outfield where he has dozens of games worth of experience. Just don't have him waste away on the bench.
Last Week: 17
Andrew Romine - He still has no power, but is making enough good contact to make his bat semi-viable. He shouldn't be considered for a starting position, but he is certainly now in the mix for a bench job next year.
Last Week: 16
Hank Conger - Hank has had a nice season but he isn't finishing the year strong at the plate or behind it.
Last Week: 18
Jerome Williams - Williams got away with one this week, but the writing is on the wall and it spells out "non-tender."
Last Week: 23
Buddy Boshers - Boshers had a great week, but apparently not great enough for the Mariners announcing crew to learn how to pronounce his last name.
Last Week: 20
Ryan Brasier - No work for Brasier this week, presumably due to injury or an innings limit or because Mike Scioscia remains inexplicably infatuated with Gutierrez, Rasmus and Kohn.
Last Week: 24
Collin Cowgill - Cowgil did a lot in limited playing time this week, so he moves up in the rankings but his future with the team remains very much in doubt.
Last Week: n/a
Matt Shoemaker - A solid debut for Shoemaker should have him in the running for the Barry Enright Memorial Role of pitcher who spends the season going between Anaheim and Salt Lake making a handful of spot starts.
Last Week: n/a
Robert Coello - I need more of that sweet, sweet ********** action.
Last Week: 26
Cory Rasmus - He is at least making progress but he still has a ton of work to do to make the 2014 roster.
Last Week: 25
Tommy Field - More like Tommy Not Seeing The Field, amirite?
Last Week: 22
J.C. Gutierrez - I think I finally figured out why Scioscia has ridden J.C. so hard these last two months. I think he wants his arm to turn into dust so that there is no way he can be on the roster in 2014.
Last Week: 21
Michael Kohn - On behalf of Angels fans everywhere I have filed a restraining order with the courts that legally prohibits Kohn from coming within 300 feet of a mound during a high leverage situation.
Last Week: n/a
Efren Navarro - Congratulations ot Efren Navarro and receiving a token start for no apparent reason.
Last Week: n/a
John Hester - Maybe Scioscia really is evolving as he has had a third catcher for two weeks and mostly resisted using him
Last Week: 27
Joe Blanton - NOPE.
Dropped from rankings: Luis Jimenez (arms don't work)
Biggest Riser: Boshers, up four spots
Biggest Dropper: Kohn, down six spots
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