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Cliff Pennington

31-Year-Old Shortstop – Toronto Blue Jays

2015 Stats

AVG

.222

HR

1

RBI

12

R

16

SB

3

2015 Preseason Projections

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2015 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: B   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 10"   WT: 194   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.

August 9, 2015  –  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 TOR 9 24 18 1 2 1 1 0 0 2 0 0 3 7 2 1 0 .111 .227 .167 .394
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  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ TOR/ARI 81 181 153 16 34 5 4 0 1 12 3 0 19 36 6 3 0 .222 .303 .268 .571
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3-Year Averages     96 320 288 32 66 17 12 2 3 18 7 2 27 60 2 1 2 .229 .299 .316 .615
Career  (View All)     770 2,635 2,347 274 579 155 108 19 28 202 80 27 224 480 37 14 13 .247 .314 .345 .659

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Cliff Pennington Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days 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
Aug. 26 @Tex Did not play.
Aug. 25 @Tex 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .227 .167 .394
Aug. 23 @LAA Did not play.
Aug. 22 @LAA 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 .133 .263 .200 .463
Aug. 21 @LAA 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .154 .267 .231 .498
Aug. 19 @Phi 2 1 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .222 .364 .333 .697
Aug. 18 @Phi 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .250 .143 .393
Aug. 16 NYY Did not play.
Aug. 15 NYY Did not play.
Aug. 14 NYY 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
Aug. 13 Oak 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .200
Aug. 12 Oak Did not play.
Aug. 11 Oak 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Aug. 9 @NYY 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .500 .000 .500
Aug. 8 @NYY Did not play.
Aug. 7 @NYY Did not play.
Aug. 6 Min 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .237 .314 .281 .595
Aug. 5 Min 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .318 .285 .603
Aug. 4 Min 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .233 .313 .279 .592
Aug. 3 Min Did not play.
Aug. 2 KC 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .236 .317 .283 .600
Aug. 1 KC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .234 .312 .274 .586
Jul. 31 KC 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .312 .279 .591
Jul. 30 KC Did not play.
Jul. 29 Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .238 .312 .279 .591
Jul. 28 Phi Did not play.
Jul. 26 @Sea Did not play.
Jul. 25 @Sea 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .237 .313 .280 .593
Jul. 24 @Sea Did not play.
Jul. 23 @Oak 5 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 0 0 0 .243 .321 .287 .608
Last 7 Days 14 1 2 1 0 0 2 2 4 0 0 0 1 0 .143 .235 .214 .449
Last 14 Days 18 1 2 1 0 0 2 3 7 0 0 0 1 0 .111 .227 .167 .394
Last 30 Days 43 4 8 2 0 0 2 5 16 1 0 0 1 1 .186 .265 .233 .498

Cliff Pennington: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 18 13 24 5 5 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
2015256042.200.240.573
2014496142.265.429.797
20139710051.247.320.637

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201512810181.227.273.569
201412815164.250.320.649
2013172151131.238.302.608

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2015636163.206.270.562
20149211173.239.315.636
2013123131100.276.374.715

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20159010060.233.267.577
20148510133.271.388.749
201314612082.212.253.537
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 TOR 24 18 12.5% 29.2% 0.43 61% .182 .056
2015 31 MAJ ARI 157 135 10.2% 18.5% 0.55 79% .295 .044
2015  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ TOR/ARI 181 153 10.5% 19.9% 0.53 76% .284 .046
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3-Year Averages     320 288 8.4% 18.8% 0.45 79% .280 .087
Career     2,635 2,347 8.5% 18.2% 0.47 80% .300 .098

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2015 Stat Review for Cliff Pennington    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2014 (min 400 PA)

Contact

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.222 AVG
TERRIBLE
76% Contact Rate
POOR
.284 BABIP
BELOW AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.268 SLG
TERRIBLE
.046 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.53 BB/K
GOOD
10.5% BB Rate
GOOD
19.9% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.571 OPS
TERRIBLE
.303 OBP
POOR

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

Pennington was traded to the Blue Jays on Saturday, Chris Cotillo of SB Nation reports.

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Pennington picked up a rare start at shortstop Friday and went 2-for-4 with two RBI, including the game-winning sacrifice fly in the 10th inning.

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Pennington came in for the injured Ender Inciarte on Monday and went 2-for-3 with an RBI against Anaheim. He played the outfield for the first time this year.

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Pennington went 1-for-3, drew a walk, and scored a run Sunday in a 7-4 loss to the Dodgers. He struck out once.

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Pennington is in the lineup Sunday.

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Pennington made his first start of the year Wednesday and went 1-for-4 with a double in a 5-2 loss to the Giants.

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Pennington returned to the Diamondbacks' lineup on Friday after being away from the team for a personal matter.

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Pennington was scratched from Friday's lineup due to a personal matter, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

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Pennington is the early favorite to break camp as a backup in the middle infield for the Diamondbacks this spring.

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Diamondbacks GM Dave Stewart said Tuesday that Pennington will be tendered a contract, Jack Magruder of FOXSportsArizona.com reports.

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Pennington hit a pinch-hit solo homer in a 7-4 loss to the Padres on Sunday.

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Pennington went 2-for-3 with a walk in a 3-2 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2015

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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.