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Cliff Pennington

32-Year-Old Second Baseman – Los Angeles Angels

2017 Stats

AVG

.267

HR

0

RBI

6

R

6

SB

2

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Pennington's calling card was always his defensive versatility more so than his offensive capabilities, but no matter what way you slice it, 2016 showed more decline. The utility infielder's troubles ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   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 contract with the Angels in November of 2015.

May 13, 2017  –  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 R SCO 5 22 19 2 8 1 1 0 0 5 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .421 .500 .474 .974
2014 30 AAA REN 4 17 13 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 3 1 0 0 1 .385 .529 .385 .914
2014 30 MAJ ARI 68 201 177 21 45 10 5 3 2 10 6 1 20 36 1 0 3 .254 .340 .350 .690
2015 31 MAJ ARI 72 157 135 15 32 4 3 0 1 10 3 0 16 29 4 2 0 .237 .314 .281 .595
2015 31 MAJ TOR 33 92 75 9 12 5 3 0 2 11 0 0 11 20 3 2 1 .160 .270 .280 .550
2015  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/TOR 105 249 210 24 44 9 6 0 3 21 3 0 27 49 7 4 1 .210 .298 .281 .578
2016 32 A+ INL 2 7 6 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 .333 .429 .667 1.096
2016 32 AAA SAL 7 26 23 3 7 3 2 1 0 3 0 0 3 4 0 0 0 .304 .385 .478 .863
2016 32 MAJ LAA 74 188 172 18 36 9 4 2 3 10 1 0 13 55 3 0 0 .209 .265 .308 .573
2017 33 MAJ LAA 23 53 45 6 12 0 0 0 0 6 2 0 7 12 0 1 0 .267 .358 .267 .625
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3-Year Averages     82 211 186 21 41 8 5 1 2 13 3 0 20 46 3 1 1 .220 .298 .290 .588
Career  (View All)     891 2,944 2,621 306 637 168 114 21 33 227 83 27 252 560 41 16 14 .243 .311 .340 .651

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Cliff Pennington Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 22 @TB Did not play.
May. 21 @NYM Did not play.
May. 20 @NYM 3 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .267 .358 .267 .625
May. 19 @NYM 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .262 .347 .262 .609
May. 17 CWS 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .268 .354 .268 .622
May. 16 CWS Did not play.
May. 15 CWS Did not play.
May. 14 Det Did not play.
May. 13 Det 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .275 .362 .275 .637
May. 12 Det 4 1 3 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .289 .378 .289 .667
May. 11 Det 2 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .235 .341 .235 .576
May. 10 @Oak Did not play.
May. 9 @Oak 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .219 .316 .219 .535
May. 8 @Oak 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .179 .294 .179 .473
May. 7 Hou 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .208 .310 .208 .518
May. 6 Hou 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .217 .321 .217 .538
May. 5 Hou 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .360 .250 .610
May. 4 @Sea Did not play.
May. 3 @Sea 3 1 2 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .360 .250 .610
May. 2 @Sea Did not play.
Apr. 30 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 29 @Tex 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 .176 .286 .176 .462
Apr. 28 @Tex Did not play.
Apr. 27 Oak 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .176 .300 .176 .476
Apr. 26 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 25 Oak Did not play.
Apr. 24 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 23 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .294 .143 .437
Apr. 22 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 21 Tor 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .357 .182 .539
Last 7 Games 5 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .200 .333 .200 .533
Last 14 Games 21 4 7 0 0 0 3 3 4 0 0 0 1 1 .333 .400 .333 .733
Last 30 Games 37 5 10 0 0 0 5 4 8 1 0 0 1 2 .270 .333 .270 .603

Cliff Pennington: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 11 3 5
2016 3 58 1 17 1
2015 33 18 29 8 8 1
2014 18 8 23
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
201740000.000.000.000
2016212000.095.095.190
2015437042.140.163.427

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017416062.293.293.680
2016151163101.225.338.624
2015167173171.228.311.618

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017233030.261.261.607
2016989271.245.367.656
2015818183.198.272.543

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017223032.273.273.643
2016749130.162.230.464
2015129162130.217.287.600
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 R SCO 22 19 13.6% 18.2% 0.75 79% .533 .053
2014 30 AAA REN 17 13 17.6% 5.9% 3.00 92% .417 .000
2014 30 MAJ ARI 201 177 10% 17.9% 0.56 80% .309 .096
2015 31 MAJ ARI 157 135 10.2% 18.5% 0.55 79% .295 .044
2015 31 MAJ TOR 92 75 12% 21.7% 0.55 73% .189 .120
2015  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/TOR 249 210 10.8% 19.7% 0.55 77% .259 .071
2016 32 A+ INL 7 6 14.3% 14.3% 1.00 83% .400 .334
2016 32 AAA SAL 26 23 11.5% 15.4% 0.75 83% .368 .174
2016 32 MAJ LAA 188 172 6.9% 29.3% 0.24 68% .289 .099
2017 33 MAJ LAA 53 45 13.2% 22.6% 0.58 73% .364 .000
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3-Year Averages     211 186 9.5% 21.8% 0.43 75% .283 .070
Career     2,944 2,621 8.6% 19% 0.45 79% .298 .097

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Cliff Pennington Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 2B 161 0 39 -2 2 0 50 -2 64 -2 0 -2 0
2015 3B 16 1 4 1 0 1 12 1 1 0 1 0 0
2015 SS 8.3 -1 2 -1 0 0 4 -1 2 0 -1 0 0
2015 LF 16 1 4 1 1 0 0 6 0
2015 2B 75.7 2 21 1 1 0 32 2 30 -1 1 0 0
2015 3B 26.3 -2 7 -2 0 -2 14 -2 4 0 0 -2 0
2015 SS 157.3 2 52 0 2 0 77 -1 38 1 -3 3 -1
2015 LF 29 0 6 0 0 1 0 7 0
2016 1B 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2016 2B 335 4 41 4 0 0 156 2 59 0 -1 0 5
2016 3B 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 SS 108.3 1 20 1 0 0 95 1 21 1 -1 0 1
2017 2B 78 -2 11 0 -2 0 44 0 9 0 0 -1 0
2017 3B 13 1 2 1 0 1 13 1 0 0 0 0 0
2017 SS 24 -1 3 0 -1 0 6 0 8 0 0 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 2B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2015 3B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015 SS 0 0 0 -1 0 -1
2015 LF 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015 2B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015 3B 0 0 1 -1 0 0
2015 SS 0 0 0 1 0 1
2015 LF 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 2
2016 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 2B 0 0 0 3 0 3
2016 3B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2016 SS 0 0 0 1 0 1
2017 2B 0 0 -1 -2 0 -3
2017 3B 0 0 0 1 0 1
2017 SS 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2017 Stat Review for Cliff Pennington    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

Explain This

0.58 BB/K
GOOD
13.2% BB Rate
ELITE
22.6% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.625 OPS
TERRIBLE
.358 OBP
GOOD
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.267 AVG
AVERAGE
.364 BABIP
HIGH
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

Explain This

.267 SLG
TERRIBLE
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE

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

Pennington received another start at second base Thursday, going 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in a 7-1 loss to Detroit.

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Pennington went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI in Wednesday's 8-7 loss to the Mariners.

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Pennington entered Friday's game after Yunel Escobar went down with a non-contact injury. He went 0-for-3 in a loss to Toronto.

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Pennington got a spot start at short Sunday, going 1-for-3 in a loss to the Royals.

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Pennington (shoulder) is back in the Angels' lineup Thursday, The Orange County Register's Jeff Fletcher reports.

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Pennington exited Friday's Cactus League game for precautionary reasons after experiencing right shoulder tightness, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

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Pennington (illness) is back in the lineup for Sunday's Cactus League game against the Athletics, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

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Pennington is dealing with flu-like symptoms, Maria Guardado of MLB.com reports.

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Pennington looks to be the primary backup middle infielder for the Angels again this season, the Orange County Register reports.

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Pennington is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

Pennington was brought in by the Blue Jays at the deadline and went from being a league average player to an emergency fill-in that struggled mightily. In 72 games with the Diamondbacks, he hit for a .237/.314/.281 slash line. However, his real value came in his utility defensively, playing second base, short stop, third base and left field. When acquired by the Blue Jays, he continued providing that same flexibility, but hit a woeful .160 in 75 at-bats. Pennington will have a utility role after signing with the Angels. He won't offer much fantasy value, as the career .245 hitter hasn't hit above .260 since 2011 and has just 30 career home runs. While he stole 29 bases in 2010, he's stolen just 11 total bases since 2013.

2015

Even on a crowded infield depth chart in Arizona last season, Pennington managed to find 201 plate appearances while moving between second base, shortstop and third base. Defensively, he's a very good option in the middle infield, but there have always been questions about his ability to consistently hit big league pitching. Pennington carried a 10 percent walk rate last season, his best mark since 2008 with Oakland. He parlayed that patience into a .340 on-base percentage, fueled by a .265/.368/.429 line against right-handed pitching. As a switch-hitter with the versatility necessary to capably cover three infield positions, Pennington could find his way into brief stretches of regular at-bats while predominantly making spot starts once or twice a week in 2015.

2014

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 his real-life value rests in his glove and his flexibility. The D-Backs have a number of young options capable of handling a middle-infield spot in the big leagues, so Pennington's days in Arizona are likely numbered.

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.