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LA Angels Week Two Power Rankings

By Vincent Page
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Mike Trout
ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 08: Mike Trout /
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ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 07: Justin Upton
ANAHEIM, CA – APRIL 07: Justin Upton /

4.) Justin Upton (NR)

Justin Upton jumps this high onto the list because of the success he had at the plate after a poor first week of the season. He has brought his average up to .282, while also sending three home runs out of the park. While Mike Trout and Zack Cozart struggled at the plate this past week, Upton was able to drive in seven runs and keep the innings alive for the lower part of the order.

When he is not hitting home runs, he is hitting doubles as he tallied two of those this week. That makes five of his seven hits last week extra base hits. Upton looked uncomfortable at the plate in the opening series against Oakland, which may be from the shortened Spring Training this year. However, it appears any kinks in his swing or stance have been worked out, and Upton is back to the slugger that the Halos extended this offseason while free agents withered away until below-market value deals had to be accepted in order for them to play.

Upton, Trout, and Cozart have all yet to playing at their highest levels so far. However, the Angels offense is still producing runs. When all three of them are clicking, it will mean trouble for opposing pitchers.

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