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Cliff Pennington

29-Year-Old Shortstop – Arizona Diamondbacks

2014 Stats

AVG

.273

HR

0

RBI

3

R

2

SB

1

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

A player more known for his glove and utility, Pennington had a typical year, hitting .242 with just one home run and two stolen bases. It's hard to expect anything more than that from him, as most of...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 195   DOB: 6/15/1984   BORN: Corpus Christi, TX   COLLEGE: Texas A&M   DRAFTED: 1st Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Cliff Pennington Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the Diamondbacks in January 2013.

March 11, 2014  –  Cliff Pennington News

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Cliff Pennington Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 21 A Kan 69 329 290 49 80 18 15 0 3 29 25 6 39 47 0 0 0 .276 .364 .359 .723
2006 22 A A 46 201 177 36 36 9 7 0 2 21 7 1 24 35 0 0 0 .203 .302 .277 .579
2007 23 A Sto 68 329 286 50 73 26 17 3 6 36 9 2 43 54 0 0 0 .255 .348 .399 .747
2007 23 AA MID 70 314 271 41 68 17 13 2 2 21 8 2 38 35 2 2 1 .251 .343 .336 .679
2008 24 AA MID 50 244 204 42 53 9 7 2 0 18 20 1 39 36 1 0 0 .260 .379 .314 .693
2008 24 AAA SAC 65 294 236 47 70 14 9 3 2 16 11 5 54 34 3 1 0 .297 .426 .386 .812
2008 24 MAJ OAK 36 117 99 14 24 5 5 0 0 9 4 1 13 18 2 1 2 .242 .339 .293 .632
2009 25 AAA SAC 99 417 360 48 95 28 22 3 3 40 27 4 45 54 6 4 2 .264 .345 .367 .712
2009 25 MAJ OAK 60 229 208 27 58 18 11 3 4 21 7 5 19 46 1 0 1 .279 .342 .418 .760
2010 26 MAJ OAK 156 576 508 64 127 40 26 8 6 46 29 5 50 96 12 3 3 .250 .319 .368 .687
2011 27 MAJ OAK 148 570 515 57 136 36 26 2 8 58 14 9 42 104 8 4 1 .264 .319 .369 .688
2012 28 AAA Sac 3 14 11 2 5 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 3 4 0 0 0 .455 .571 .545 1.116
2012 28 MAJ OAK 125 462 418 50 90 26 18 2 6 28 15 6 35 90 5 2 2 .215 .278 .311 .589
2013 29 MAJ ARI 96 299 269 25 65 15 13 1 1 18 2 0 26 54 2 1 1 .242 .310 .309 .619
2014 30 MAJ ARI 11 26 22 2 6 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 3 4 0 0 1 .273 .385 .273 .658
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for Cliff Pennington
3-Year Averages MAJ   123 442 400 44 97 25 19 1 5 34 10 5 34 82 5 2 1 .243 .302 .333 .635
Career  (View All) MAJ   632 2279 2039 239 506 140 99 16 25 183 72 27 188 412 30 11 11 .248 .313 .349 .663

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Cliff Pennington Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 20 @LAD 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .385 .273 .658
Apr. 19 @LAD Did not play.
Apr. 18 @LAD 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .300 .364 .300 .664
Apr. 16 NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .300 .333 .300 .633
Apr. 15 NYM Did not play.
Apr. 14 NYM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .412 .375 .787
Apr. 13 LAD Did not play.
Apr. 12 LAD 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .438 .400 .838
Apr. 11 LAD Did not play.
Apr. 10 @SF 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .364 .417 .364 .781
Apr. 9 @SF Did not play.
Apr. 8 @SF Did not play.
Apr. 6 @Col Did not play.
Apr. 5 @Col 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .286 .167 .453
Apr. 4 @Col 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .533
Apr. 3 SF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .400 .250 .650
Apr. 2 SF 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Apr. 1 SF Did not play.
Mar. 31 SF 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Mar. 22 LAD Did not play.
Mar. 22 LAD Did not play.
Last 7 Days 7 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .000 .300 .000 .300
Last 14 Days 17 2 5 0 0 0 3 2 2 1 0 1 0 0 .294 .400 .294 .694
Last 30 Days 22 2 6 0 0 0 3 3 4 1 1 1 0 0 .273 .385 .273 .658

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Cliff Pennington: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 5
2013 29 2 51
2012 32 93
2011 147
2010 156
2009 60

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Cliff Pennington Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20139710051.247.320.637
20121076060.168.215.420
2011148201134.270.345.670

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013172151131.238.302.608
20123114462215.232.344.646
20113673774510.262.379.695

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013123131100.276.374.715
20121792301113.196.251.536
2011266303233.237.320.616

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201314612082.212.253.537
2012239276172.230.356.628
20112492753511.293.422.764
Cliff Pennington Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 21 A Kan 329 290 11.9% 14.3% 0.83 84% .321 .083
2006 22 A A 201 177 11.9% 17.4% 0.69 80% .243 .074
2007 23 A Sto 329 286 13.1% 16.4% 0.80 81% .296 .144
2007 23 AA MID 314 271 12.1% 11.1% 1.09 87% .282 .085
2008 24 AA MID 244 204 16% 14.8% 1.08 82% .315 .054
2008 24 AAA SAC 294 236 18.4% 11.6% 1.59 86% .340 .089
2008 24 MAJ OAK 117 99 11.1% 15.4% 0.72 82% .296 .051
2009 25 AAA SAC 417 360 10.8% 12.9% 0.83 85% .304 .103
2009 25 MAJ OAK 229 208 8.3% 20.1% 0.41 78% .342 .139
2010 26 MAJ OAK 576 508 8.7% 16.7% 0.52 81% .298 .118
2011 27 MAJ OAK 570 515 7.4% 18.2% 0.40 80% .318 .105
2012 28 AAA Sac 14 11 21.4% 28.6% 0.75 64% .714 .090
2012 28 MAJ OAK 462 418 7.6% 19.5% 0.39 78% .261 .096
2013 29 MAJ ARI 299 269 8.7% 18.1% 0.48 80% .299 .067
2014 30 MAJ ARI 26 22 11.5% 15.4% 0.75 82% .333 .000
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3-Year Averages MAJ   442 400 7.7% 18.6% 0.41 80% .294 .090
Career MAJ   2279 2039 8.2% 18.1% 0.46 80% .300 .101

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2014 Stat Review for Cliff Pennington    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.273 AVG
GOOD
82% Contact Rate
GOOD
.333 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.273 SLG
TERRIBLE
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.75 BB/K
GREAT
11.5% BB Rate
GREAT
15.4% K Rate
GOOD
OPS/OBP

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.658 OPS
POOR
.385 OBP
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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Cliff Pennington (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Eric Stults SD 8 5 0 1 1 0 0 .625 .875 1.542
Hiroki Kuroda NY-A 6 3 1 3 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Scott Atchison CLE 7 4 0 2 1 1 0 .571 .714 1.339
Scott Kazmir OAK 6 3 0 0 0 0 1 .500 .833 1.333
Phil Hughes MIN 10 4 1 4 2 3 0 .400 .800 1.300
Wade Davis KC 9 4 1 3 1 1 0 .444 .778 1.278
Josh Beckett LA 11 5 0 0 2 2 0 .455 .727 1.266
Justin Masterson CLE 11 4 1 3 3 0 0 .364 .727 1.261
David Price TB 8 4 0 1 2 1 0 .500 .625 1.225
Phil Coke DET 8 3 0 1 0 0 0 .375 .750 1.125

Worst Matchups for Cliff Pennington (by OPS, min 6 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Luke Hochevar KC 14 1 0 1 1 3 1 .071 .071 .205
Ryan Vogelsong SF 10 1 0 2 0 4 0 .100 .100 .200
Doug Fister WAS 21 1 0 0 1 5 1 .048 .095 .186
John Lackey BOS 16 1 0 0 0 2 0 .063 .063 .180
CC Sabathia NY-A 17 1 0 0 0 7 0 .059 .059 .118
Clayton Kershaw LA 8 0 0 0 1 1 0 .000 .000 .111
Mark Lowe CLE 8 0 0 0 1 3 0 .000 .000 .111
Jamey Wright LA 10 0 0 3 1 3 1 .000 .000 .083
Justin Verlander DET 13 0 0 0 1 5 0 .000 .000 .071
Adam Wainwright STL 6 0 0 0 0 3 0 .000 .000 .000

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Cliff Pennington: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pennington will compete with Chris Owings and Didi Gregorius for the D-Backs' starting shortstop job this spring, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Pennington is in the lineup for Monday's game against the Padres.

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Pennington is not in the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

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Pennington (personal) remains out of the lineup Saturday against the Rockies.

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Pennington returned to Arizona on Sunday for the birth of his child and is expected to re-join the team Friday, the Arizona Republic reports.

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Pennington (foot) is back in the starting lineup Saturday against the Mets.

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Pennington (foot) remains out of the starting lineup Friday against the Mets.

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Pennington will have an X-ray Sunday on his injured left foot.

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Pennington could see an increase in playing time with Willie Bloomquist (hand) landing on the DL for the next 6-to-8 weeks.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

Pennington started the year as the A's starting shortstop, but ended it playing second base after the A's acquired Stephen Drew. Pennington fell off the table offensively in 2012 with career lows across the board. He is a very serviceable defensive infielder, but is better suited as a part-time utility infielder rather than a guy who plays every day. He was traded to Arizona in November and general manager Kevin Towers noted at the time of the trade that he sees Pennington as an everyday player. Beyond being a decent stolen-base threat in a deep NL-only league, Pennington does not offer much for fantasy owners even with the move into a more hitter-friendly environment.

2012

Pennington took a pretty good step backwards in 2011, with his already limited power failing to return following offseason surgery to repair a torn labrum. His slash line and run production was nearly identical to 2010, but he saw a decent dip in K:BB rate and saw his stolen-base totals cut in half from 29 to 14. He showed some signs of life as the season waned, including going 8-for-8 in steal attempts the final two months, but his lifetime .324 OBP doesn't play well if the A's find themselves looking for a new hitter to place in the No. 2 spot in the order following the departure of Coco Crisp.

2011

Pennington struggled with a sore shoulder, eventually requiring surgery in the offseason to repair a torn labrum, which sapped what little power he had as the season progressed. He's expected to be close to healthy by the time spring training starts, and his 29 steals from the shortstop position give him some value in traditional 4x4 or 5x5 leagues if you can cover for power elsewhere.

2010

Pennington's batting eye took a hit last season after a much better 2008. His power ticked upward with three homers and 20 extra-base hits, after he showed very little power throughout his minor-league career. A strong September (.313/.395/.510) in a full-time role has convinced the A's to not strongly pursue another shortstop via free agency, so the starting gig should be Pennington's to lose when spring opens. There's very little internal competition as well, so things are set up well to get Pennington his first full season in the majors. He's swiped 58 bases total the past two seasons in the minors, so there's a definite 20-plus steals upside if he hangs onto the job as expected.

2009

Pennington continues to show a good eye at the plate, drawing 93 walks in 440 at-bats in the minors, but he doesn't have any power to speak off. With the A's already re-upping Mark Ellis for two more years, it's clear that Pennington's not a lock to become a lineup fixture down the road. He could stick around as the utility infielder with his ability to handle three spots in the infield following the departure of Donnie Murphy.

2006

Pennington made his professional debut at Low-A Kane County after the A's made him their first pick in the June draft. He showed limited power but a good eye at the plate and base-stealing instincts.