Cliff Pennington, Infield, Los Angeles Angels, #7
Date of Birth: 6/15/1984
Birthplace: Corpus Christi, Texas
College: Texas A&M
Current Salary: $2,250,000
Cliff Pennington, infielder for the Los Angeles Angels, was first drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2005. He played in the Athletics' minor league system from 2005 through most of 2009, joining the Athletics for 36 games in 2008 and 60 games in 2009.
In 2010, his first full season in the major leagues, Pennington played in a career high 156 games with the Athletics. He batted .250 with 127 hits and career highs in doubles with 26 and stolen bases with 29. The following season was an even better one for him, with career highs in hits (136), doubles (26), and RBIs (58). He batted .264 in 148 games.
Pennington played in 125 games in 2012 and he batted just .215 with 90 hits and 18 doubles. After the season ended, in October, 2012, he was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks. In January, 2013, he signed a two-year, $5 million contract with the team.
Pennington was just a part-time player with the Diamondbacks. In 2013, he batted .242 with 65 hits in 96 games and in 2014, he had 45 hits and a .254 batting average in just 68 games.
Pennington started his career as a shortstop but he was a utility infielder in 2013 and 2014. He played 74 games at shortstop, 47 games at second base, and 10 games at third base in those two seasons.
Pennington was traded to the Toronto Blue Jays on August 8, 2015. He finished the 2015 season with 44 hits and a .210 batting average in 72 games with the Diamondbacks and 33 games with the Blue Jays. Defensively, he played 33 games at second base, 18 games at third base, 29 games at shortstop, and 8 games in left field. In the postseason, he had just one at-bat in four games.
On November 17, 2015, Pennington signed a two-year contract with the Angels. He finished the 2016 season with a .209 batting average in 74 games with the Angels. Defensively, he played 3 games at first base, 58 games at second base, 1 game at third base, and 17 games at shortstop.
Career batting statistics for Pennington through 2016 include:
- 868 games played
- 625 hits
- 114 doubles
- 81 stolen bases
- 221 RBIs
- 548 strikeouts to 245 walks
- .243 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Pennington at shortstop through 2016 include:
- 586 games played
- 1,640 assists
- 359 double plays
- 809 putouts
- 81 errors
- .968 fielding percentage