Originally written on Monkey with a Halo  |  Last updated 5/7/12

OK, I swear, I never intended for these to be bi-weekly, but well, here we are.  Let's just get right to the rankings before I procrastinate more and this post ends up being monthly.

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 Jered Weaver - You throw a no-hitter, you get to be #1.  That's just a rule... and common sense
2 +1
Last Week: 3

C.J. Wilson - Best free agent signing of the off-season.  That should have been a more shocking statement, but, you know... 3 +6
Last Week: 9
Torii Hunter - After struggling early in the season, Hunter used the last two weeks to become arguably the team's best hitter, which is both a credit to him and an insult to the rest of the roster.

4 +2
Last Week: 6
Mark Trumbo - You know, I think his much improved plate discipline might be for real.  If it is, the league should be terrified. 5
-- 0
Last Week: 5
Dan Haren - It was just unfair for him to have to be the follow-up act behind the Williams shutout and Weaver no-hitter, but at least the offense or defense didn't help him out.
6 -4
Last Week: 2 Albert Pujols - He finally hit that homer, but his OPS is still giving me Mathis flashbacks.  Even I can't justify him being ranked higher than this and I have been one of Pujols' most ardent supporters. 7 -3
Last Week: 4
Howie Kendrick - The most amazing accomplishment of Howie's last two weeks is not that he had seven hits and two homers in two games, but that he didn't get benched immediately afterwards. 8

+2
Last Week: 10
Scott Downs - Injured again?  The Baseball Gods just don't want the Halos to have a competent bullpen.
9 N/A
Last Week: n/a
Mike Trout - His numbers aren't great, but the Angels are 6-3 in games he has started.  He is our Messiah.
10 +1
Last Week: 11
Kendrys Morales - He's been hot this week, but I'm still not convinced that he is anything more than a 250-pound slap-hitter.  A very good slap hitter, but a slap hitter nonetheless.
11 -3
Last Week: 8
Chris Iannetta - Not a great weak, but he scored major man points for finishing off Weaver's no-hitter despite getting hit on the wrist by a pitch earlier in the game that was bad enough for him to have to sit out the next three games.
12 +7
Last Week: 19
Jerome Williams - Jerome Williams is actually really good.  Yeah, I know, it's weird, huh? 13 N/A
Last Week: n/a
Ernesto Frieri - You had me at "mid-nineties fastball with explosive late action."
14 +1
Last Week: 15 Ervin Santana - Five straight starts without the Angels scoring a single run for him.  I don't know what he did to piss off the batters, but I suggest he offer an apology.  I bet one of those cookie bouquet things would do the trick.
15 -2
Last Week: 13 Maicer Izturis - And he isn't the starting shortstop now... why?
16 +1
Last Week: 17 LaTroy Hawkins - Hmmmm... maybe having a bullpen where all the best relievers are brittle, card-carrying AARP members isn't the best idea after all. 17
-10
Last Week: 7
Erick Aybar - How the hell did I ever have him ranked as high as #7?  And how the hell did Scioscia ever bat him leadoff?
18
-2
Last Week: 16 Vernon Wells - Do us all a favor and either get good again just go in the tank completely.  This mostly being bad with bi-weekly flashes of quality play is driving me insane.
19 -5
Last Week: 14
Peter Bourjos - I don't care if he is hitting .180 and has two hits in his last 23 at-bats, FREE PETER BOURJOS!!!  It is fun to want to free people!!!!!!!!!!
20 +4
Last Week: 24
David Carpenter - I remain mildly amazed that the Halos wisely demoted Kevin Jepsen and not the quietly effective Carpenter.  Hooray for common sense!
21
-9
Last Week: 12 Jordan Walden - Well, don't I look silly for supporting him so much these last few months.  Let's just pretend that never happened.
22
-4
Last Week: 18 Alberto Callaspo - Why is it he can keep getting starts despite a horrendous start to the season and Peter Bourjos can't?  The Scioscia works in strange and mysterious ways.
23 -2
Last Week: 21 Bobby Wilson - He is a back-up catcher who played very back-up catchery these last two weeks.  That's all I got.
24 -4
Last Week: 20 Jason Isringhausen - No way he is still on this team if Tony Reagins hadn't left the Angel minor leagues devoid of anything resembling reliever depth.
25 -2
Last Week: 23 Hisanori Takahashi - I almost forgot he was still on the team, this is a good thing.  I have the feeling I won't be able to say that after this next potentially Downs-free week.

Biggest Riser: Williams, up seven spots

Biggest Dropper: Aybar, down ten spots

Dropped from rankings: Bobby Abreu (released, ha!), Kevin Jepsen (demoted, mercifully)

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