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Cliff Pennington

34-Year-Old Second Baseman – Texas Rangers

2018 Stats

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2018 Preseason Projections

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2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Pennington had a decent year for the Angels as a bench infielder, putting up a .253/.306/.330 slash line with respectable defense in 217 plate appearances. It was enough to keep him on the team, and w...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   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, $3.75 million contract with the Angels in November of 2015.

May 18, 2018  –  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 87 217 194 23 49 9 6 0 3 21 3 1 16 58 1 5 1 .253 .306 .330 .636
2018 34 AAA LOU 11 37 30 4 8 2 2 0 0 1 0 1 6 7 0 1 0 .267 .378 .333 .711
2018 34 AAA ROU 4 13 10 3 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 2 1 1 0 0 .200 .333 .300 .633
2018 34 MAJ CIN 16 34 29 1 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 13 0 0 0 .138 .265 .138 .403
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3-Year Averages     88 216 192 21 43 8 5 0 3 17 2 0 18 54 3 3 0 .224 .286 .297 .583
Career  (View All)     971 3,142 2,799 324 678 177 120 21 36 242 84 28 266 619 42 20 15 .242 .309 .339 .648

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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
Apr. 25 Atl 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .138 .265 .138 .403
Apr. 24 Atl Did not play.
Apr. 23 Atl 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .250 .111 .361
Apr. 22 @StL Did not play.
Apr. 21 @StL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .250 .125 .375
Apr. 20 @StL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .130 .259 .130 .389
Apr. 18 @Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .136 .269 .136 .405
Apr. 17 @Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .280 .143 .423
Apr. 16 @Mil Did not play.
Apr. 15 StL Did not play.
Apr. 14 StL 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .167 .318 .167 .485
Apr. 13 StL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 .214 .389 .214 .603
Apr. 12 StL 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .438 .250 .688
Apr. 11 @Phi 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .273 .467 .273 .740
Apr. 10 @Phi Did not play.
Apr. 9 @Phi 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .538 .333 .871
Apr. 8 @Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .556 .333 .889
Apr. 7 @Pit 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .400 .571 .400 .971
Apr. 6 @Pit 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .667 .500 1.167
Apr. 5 @Pit Did not play.
Apr. 2 ChC 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .600 .333 .933
Apr. 1 Was Did not play.
Mar. 31 Was 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 1.000 2.000
Mar. 30 Was Did not play.
Last 7 Games 8 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .222 .125 .347
Last 14 Games 20 1 1 0 0 0 0 1 8 0 0 0 0 2 .050 .095 .050 .145
Last 30 Games 29 1 4 0 0 0 0 5 13 0 0 0 0 2 .138 .265 .138 .403
Cliff Pennington Minors 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 AVG OBP SLG OPS
May. 21 Iowa 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

Cliff Pennington: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 8 5
2017 47 18 18 1
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: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2018 1 7 5

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Cliff Pennington Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
201830000.333.333.833
2017613030.246.262.512
2016212000.095.095.190

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018261000.115.115.349
2017133203183.256.361.690
2016151163101.225.338.624

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018151000.133.133.411
2017102102141.265.333.640
2016989271.245.367.656

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2018140000.143.143.393
20179213172.239.326.631
2016749130.162.230.464
Cliff Pennington vs. Today's Pitcher Stats

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% .280 .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% .338 .089
2008 24 MAJ OAK 117 99 11.1% 15.4% 0.72 82% .293 .051
2009 25 AAA SAC 417 360 10.8% 12.9% 0.83 85% .300 .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% .296 .118
2011 27 MAJ OAK 570 515 7.4% 18.2% 0.40 80% .314 .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% .259 .096
2013 29 MAJ ARI 299 269 8.7% 18.1% 0.48 80% .298 .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% .290 .044
2015 31 MAJ TOR 92 75 12% 21.7% 0.55 73% .182 .120
2015  (Multiple Teams) 31 MAJ ARI/TOR 249 210 10.8% 19.7% 0.55 77% .253 .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 217 194 7.4% 26.7% 0.28 70% .333 .077
2018 34 AAA LOU 37 30 16.2% 18.9% 0.86 77% .333 .066
2018 34 AAA ROU 13 10 15.4% 7.7% 2.00 90% .222 .100
2018 34 MAJ CIN 34 29 14.7% 38.2% 0.38 55% .250 .000
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3-Year Averages     216 192 8.3% 25% 0.33 72% .290 .073
Career     3,142 2,799 8.5% 19.7% 0.43 78% .297 .097

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Cliff Pennington Defensive Stats

DRS Breakdown
Pos Year Inn DRS (?) Pos Rank Range & Pos (?) OF Arm (?) GFP/DME (?) GDP (?) Bunts (?) Catcher SB (?) Pitcher SB (?) Adj ERA (?) Strike Zone(?)
P 2018 1 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
3B 2018 46 -1 - -1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
SS 2018 19 0 - 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2018 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.

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0.38 BB/K
WEAK
14.7% BB Rate
ELITE
38.2% K Rate
TERRIBLE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.403 OPS
TERRIBLE
.265 OBP
TERRIBLE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.138 AVG
TERRIBLE
.250 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.138 SLG
TERRIBLE
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE

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

Pennington utilized his opt-out clause and elected free agency Friday.

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Pennington cleared waivers Saturday and accepted an outright assignment to Triple-A Louisville.

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Pennington was optioned to Triple-A Louisville on Thursday.

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Pennington is not in the lineup Thursday against the Cardinals.

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Pennington is not starting Wednesday against the Philles.

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Pennington is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Phillies.

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Pennington is batting seventh and starting at third base Monday against the Phillies.

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Pennington went 0-for-2 with two walks in Monday's win over the Cubs, getting a spot start in place of Jose Peraza.

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Pennington will be on the Reds' Opening Day roster, Mark Sheldon of MLB.com reports.

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Pennington signed a split contract with Cincinnati on Thursday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com reports.

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Pennington started at short and went 2-for-4 with his first career grand slam in Wednesday's 10-8 win over Oakland.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2018

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2017

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 began right out of the gate, as he injured his hamstring in the early going. Then, once it seemed like he was back to full health, he aggravated the injury just a few days after being activated off the disabled list. Even when he was active, however, his production was dreadful. The 32-year-old stumbled to the finish line with a .209 batting average while striking out nearly 30 percent of the time. Pennington is slated to spend the 2017 season as a reserve infielder for the Angels, which limits his already low ceiling for fantasy production. Extenuating circumstances are needed for him to make virtually any fantasy impact going forward.

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.