Cliff Pennington

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  • 5' 10"/195
  • Age: 31


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Cliff Pennington 2015 Postseason Stats

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Cliff Pennington Postseason Career Stats

.267 0 1 0 .656

Cliff Pennington Stats

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Cliff Pennington MLB Career Stats

.245 30 211 80 .657

Cliff Pennington Bio

  • Full Name: Clifton Randolph Pennington
  • Born: 6/15/1984 in Corpus Christi, TX
  • Draft: 2005, Oakland Athletics, 1st rd. (21st overall)
  • College: Texas A&M
  • Debut: August 12, 2008
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2015 Postseason Stats 1 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Postseason Career Stats 15 1 4 0 1 0 .267 .389 .656
2015 Stats 210 24 44 3 21 3 .210 .298 .578
MLB Career Stats 2404 282 589 30 211 80 .245 .313 .657

Cliff Pennington Statcast Averages

Year Team LG PA HIP Avg Launch Speed (mph) Avg Distance (feet) Avg Gen Velocity (mph) Avg Launch Angle (deg) Avg Height (feet)
2015 Blue Jays AL 249 136 87.79 212.54 -2.21 11.91 34.47
MLB Avg - - - - 89.28 211.71 0.44 9.01 33.45


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September 13, 2015 at 4:21 PM ET

Tentative timetable has Tulo out 2-3 weeks

The Blue Jays are "cautiously optimistic" that Troy Tulowitzki will be able to return from a crack in his left shoulder blade in approximately two to three weeks.

August 9, 2015 at 2:55 PM ET

Blue Jays add Pennington to 25-man roster

The Blue Jays officially added middle infielder Cliff Pennington to their 25-man roster and optioned Munenori Kawasaki to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday morning.


Cliff Pennington Awards

Futures Game Selection

Year Team League
2008 Sacramento PCL

Cliff Pennington Leaderboards

Stolen Bases

Season SB Rank
2010 29 12th in AL


Season 3B Rank
2010 8 4th in AL

Games Played

Season G Rank
2010 156 15th in AL

Caught Stealing

Season CS Rank
2011 9 11th in AL
2012 6 17th in AL

Cliff Pennington Latest Transactions

Team Date Transaction
August 9, 2015 Toronto Blue Jays activated SS Cliff Pennington.
August 8, 2015 Arizona Diamondbacks traded SS Cliff Pennington and cash to Toronto Blue Jays for SS Dawel Lugo.
August 6, 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks activated SS Cliff Pennington from the 15-day disabled list.
August 2, 2014 AZL D-backs sent SS Cliff Pennington on a rehab assignment to Reno Aces.
July 26, 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks sent SS Cliff Pennington on a rehab assignment to AZL D-backs.
June 3, 2014 Arizona Diamondbacks placed SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to June 2, 2014. Left thumb sprain
October 20, 2012 Arizona Diamondbacks traded CF Chris Young to Oakland Athletics for SS Cliff Pennington, Yordy Cabrera and Yordy Cabrera.
August 7, 2012 Cliff Pennington roster status changed by Oakland Athletics.
August 3, 2012 sent SS Cliff Pennington on a rehab assignment to Sacramento River Cats.
July 20, 2012 Oakland Athletics placed SS Cliff Pennington on the 15-day disabled list. left elbow tendinitis
July 31, 2009 Oakland Athletics recalled SS Cliff Pennington from Sacramento River Cats.

Clifton Randolph Pennington Bio Info

Clifton Randolph Pennington... Married to Missy…has two sons, Brady and Hudson... Attended Texas A&M University…hit .345 with 115 RBI and 53 stolen bases in three years with the Aggies…named to Baseball America's Third-Team All-American as a junior in 2005 and was an All-Big 12 selection... Graduated from Mary Carroll High School in Corpus Christi, Texas... Signed by Blake Davis (A's).


Batted .254 (45-for-177) with five doubles, three triples, two home runs and 10 RBI in 68 games for Arizona... Missed over two months due to a left thumb injury... Appeared in 23 games at shortstop, 18 at second base and 8 at third, posting a combined .989 fielding pct. (2 E in 186 TC)... Hit .265 (13-for-49) as a right-handed hitter, the best mark of his career (.247 in 2013)... Set a career high with four runs scored on Aug. 9 vs. Rockies...Hit his first career pinch-hit homer on Aug. 24 vs. Padres... On 15-day disabled list from June 3-Aug. 6 with a sprained left thumb... Visited the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md., on Aug. 20.


Appeared in 96 games in his fi rst season with the D-backs and hit .242 (65-for-269) with 13 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 18 RBI... Played 51 games at shortstop, 29 at second base and 2 at third…combined for a .975 (8 E) fi elding percentage... Hit .529 (9-for-17) with 3 RBI in extra innings... Recorded a walk-off single in the 16th inning on April 3 vs. Cardinals and ninth on May 27 vs. Rangers (Game 2)... Received his fi rst career ejection on April 13 vs. Dodgers... Tied a club record with 5 walks on Aug. 24 @ Phillies.

2012 Appeared in 125 games with Oakland, hitting .215 (90- for-418) with 18 doubles, 6 home runs and 28 RBI...Combined to post a .981 fielding percentage (11 E in 585 TC) in 93 games at shortstop and 32 at second base...his career-best .979 mark at shortstop (9 E in 431 TC) was the highest by an A's player (min. 90 games) since Mike Bordick in 1995 (.983)...Grounded into just 1 double play in 63 situations, the second-lowest percentage (1.6) in the American League behind the White Sox' Alejandro De Aza (1.5)...since 1940 when GIDP became an official stat, the 1 GIDP was the fewest in Athletics history (min. 400 at-bats)...On disabled list from July 20-Aug. 7 with left elbow tendinitis, including 3 rehab games with Triple-A Sacramento...Batted .295 (26-for-88) over his final 28 games and .267 since moving to second base following the Stephen Drew trade on Aug. 20...POSTSEASON: Hit .286 (4-for-14) with 1 RBI in 5 ALDS games vs. Detroit. 2011 Improved on his numbers from a year ago, as he hit .264 with eight home runs and 58 RBI in 148 games after batting .250 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 156 games in 2010...had career highs in hits (136), home runs, RBI, at-bats (515), strikeouts (104) and caught stealing (9)...matched his high in doubles (26)...led the A's in games played and sacrifice hits (8)...his .264 batting average was the highest among Oakland qualifiers, but it was the lowest mark by a team-leader in Oakland history...the previous low was .267 by Rickey Henderson in was the lowest mark by an A's team leader since Bobby Estalella hit .259 for the 1943 Philadelphia A's...ranked fifth in the American League with a .348 batting average with runners in scoring position...that included a .286 mark before the All-Star Break and .423 after the break... grounded into just five double plays and his average of 103.0 at-bats per GIDP was second best in the AL... was successful in just 14-of-23 (60.9%) stolen base attempts, which was the lowest percentage in the AL and tied for third lowest in the was the lowest mark by an Athletic since Mike Bordick went 10-for-20 (50.0%) in 1993...was batting .235 with three home runs and 23 RBI in 88 games at the All-Star Break...then hit .303 with five home runs and 35 RBI in 60 games after the break...slugged .306 before the break, .452 after the break...has hit 12 of his 18 career home runs after the break...the switch-hitter batted .270 against left-handed pitching compared to .262 against right-handers...his career numbers are .258 (94-for-365) against lefties, .260 (251-for-965) against righties...hit seven of his eight home runs off right-handed pitching...batted .237 in Oakland, .293 on the road...stole 11 of his 14 bases on the road... batted .228 with the bases empty, compared to .320 with runners on base...six of his eight home runs came with runners on (three two-run, three three-run), as have 11 of his 18 career home runs (six two-run, five three-run)...was 4-for-8 (.500) with nine RBI with the bases loaded...started games in every spot in the order except fourth and fifth...hit .285 with five home runs and 25 RBI in 77 games batting ninth... ranked second among AL number nine hitters in RBI and fourth in batting...hit .216 when leading off an inning...with 104 strikeouts and eight home runs, he is just the fifth player in Athletics history with 100 or more strikeouts and fewer than 10 home runs in a season (Green, 1966; Monday, 1968; Christenson, 1998; Hannahan, 2008)...batted .172 in interleague play after hitting .396 against the National League in 2010...committed 22 errors, which was second most among AL shortstops...his .964 fielding percentage was second lowest in the AL and the lowest by an A's shortstop since Alfredo Griffin had a .963 fielding percentage in 1987.

OAKLAND: Got off to a slow start, hitting .195 over his first 15 games through April 17...then hit .289 over a 49-game stretch from April 19 to June 11, including a nine-game hitting streak from May 22-30 (14- for-34, .412), which was the longest of his career at the time...batted .149 over his final 24 games before the All-Star Break beginning June 12...snapped a season-long 0-for-23 streak with a first-inning single June 29 against Florida...finished June with a .202 batting average, but then hit .341 in July...his July average was the highest single-month mark of his career (previous: .338 in June, 2010)...had a career-high 15-game hitting streak from July 15-31...batted .418 (23-for-55) with 11 runs scored during the streak, which was the longest by an A's switch-hitter since Scott Spiezio set the record with an 18-game streak from May 21-June 9, 1998...walked in the third inning July 20 at Detroit to snap a career-long streak of 16 consecutive games without a walk...struck out in the fourth inning July 27 against Tampa Bay to snap a career-long streak of 11 games and 47 plate appearances without a strikeout...missed two games in Seattle Aug. 2-3 due to Bells palsy...left the Aug. 1 game against the Mariners in the bottom of the sixth inning due to effects of the temporary malady which causes partial facial paralysis...was diagnosed with the condition earlier that day...was successful in just 6 of his 15 (40.0%) stolen base attempts entering play Aug. 6...had the fourth two-steal game of his career that day at Tampa Bay and was successful in each of his eight stolen base attempts over his final 42 games...had a career-high-tying four RBI Aug. 25 at New York (also April 27, 2010 at Tampa Bay)...drove in 17 runs over a 13-game stretch from Aug. 25 to Sept. 6...matched his career high with four hits Sept. 1 at Cleveland (also April 27, 2010 at Tampa Bay and July 1, 2010 at Baltimore)...that lifted his batting average to a season-high .272...went 16-for-74 (.216) over his final 19 games to finish the year at .264...made his first career start batting third at Texas Sept. 11 and went 2-for-3.
2010 Hit .250 with six home runs and 46 RBI in 156 games in his first full season at the Major League level... ranked fourth in the American League with eight triples and tied for fourth with 12 sacrifice hits...led the A's in triples and tied for the team lead in sacrifice hits...the triples tied for the sixth-best single season total in Oakland history and were second-best over the last 23 years (Eric Byrnes, 9 in 2003)...five of the triples came at home, which tied the Coliseum record set by Bill North in 1976 and matched by Tony Armas in 1980...the sacrifice hits were the most by an Athletic since A.J. Hinch had 13 in 1998...was successful in 29-of-34 (85.3%) stolen base attempts, which was the fifth-best percentage in the AL and ninth best in Oakland history (min. 20 attempts)...the 29 steals were the most by an A's infielder since 1989 when Carney Lansford had 35 of his 37 steals while playing the infield...since 1977, the only A's shortstop with more steals is Alfredo Griffin, who had 33 in 1986...tied for sixth in the AL in bunt hits (7)...led all AL fielders and ranked third in the majors with 25 errors...those were the most errors by an Oakland shortstop since Miguel Tejada had 26 in 1998...committed just five errors over his first 56 games (.981 fielding percentage) but had 20 over his final 100 contests (.958)...tied for the lead among AL shortstops in games played (156) and ranked second in total chances (739), assists (496) and double plays (100)...had the third lowest fielding percentage (.966) among AL qualifiers at shortstop, the lowest mark by an Athletic since Alfredo Griffin fielded .963 in 1987...the switch-hitter batted .258 against left-handed pitching and .247 against right-handers...his career splits are .249 against lefties and .259 against righties...hit .197 with runners in scoring position and two outs and was 3-for-17 (.176) with the bases now 4-for-28 (.143) in his career with the bases full...four of his six home runs came with runners on base (two three-run, two two-run)...hit three home runs over his first 21 games and three over his final 29 contests...had a career long 105-game, 353-at bat homerless streak in between (April 27-Sept. 2)...batted .229 over the first five innings, .275 with five of his six home runs in the sixth inning or later...had a .206 batting average and .253 on-base percentage when leading off an inning...batted .396 in interleague play...tied for the interleague lead with two triples and ranked sixth in batting...had the third best interleague average in Oakland history... hit just .233 against the AL...made a team-leading 107 starts batting ninth but also hit .210 with a .291 on-base percentage in 26 starts in the leadoff spot...ranked third in the AL in RBI (36) from the ninth spot in the batting order and tied for fourth in home runs (5).

OAKLAND: Walked a career-high three times in the second game of the season, April 6 against Seattle... hit .214 over his first 18 games through April 23...then went 16-for-47 (.340) over his next 13 games from April 24 to May 8...established career-highs with four hits and four RBI April 27 at Tampa Bay and matched his best with two doubles...had another four-hit game July 1 at Baltimore...had a streak of 13 consecutive stolen bases without a caught stealing from May 17 to Aug. the time, it was the longest streak by an Athletic since Rickey Henderson had 15 consecutive steals from July 22 to Aug. 19, 1998...went 11-for-92 (.120) over a 25-game stretch from May 11 to June 9...that included a career long 0-for-27 streak from May 22 to June 1...snapped the hitless streak with a second-inning bunt single June 2 at Boston...then hit .414 (41-for-99) over a 31-game stretch from June 10 to July 19, which was the second best mark in the majors over that span (Hamilton, TEX .434)...scored a careerhigh three runs June 15 at Chicago (NL)...batted .338 in June, which was the best month of his career... his previous best was a .313 mark in Sept., 2009...was batting .271 in 88 games through July 19 and then hit .220 over his final 68 contests, somewhat hampered by an injured left shoulder that required surgery following the season...had his second career two-steal game, Aug. 4 against Kansas City...also stole two bases Sept. 27 at Los Angeles...his home run Sept. 3 against Los Angeles was his first since April 27 at Tampa Bay, a 105-game homerless was the third longest homerless streak by an Athletic over the last 14 years...committed an error in back-to-back games Sept. 20 and 21, the fifth time he made an error in consecutive games. 2009 Began the season at Triple-A Sacramento but was promoted to Oakland July 31 following the Orlando Cabrera trade...started 60 of the A's final 61 games at shortstop...was hitting .264 with three home runs, 40 RBI and 27 stolen bases in 99 games with Sacramento when the A's called and went on to bat .279 with four home runs, 21 RBI and seven stolen bases in 60 games with Oakland...the switch hitter batted .307 (47 for 153) against right-handed pitching and .200 (11 for 55) against has a .280 (60 for 214) career average against righties and .237 (22 for 93) against lefties...also had a .340 batting average when leading off an inning, .333 during day games and .317 on the has a .295 (46 for 156) career average on the road compared to .238 (36 for 151) in the Coliseum... did not commit an error in his first 32 games at shortstop, giving him a 35-game errorless streak dating back to 2008...that equaled the fifth longest errorless streak by a shortstop in Oakland history and was the longest since Rafael Bournigal had a 41-game streak from Sept. 21, 1997 to Sept. 18, 1998...then made eight errors over his final 28 games and finished with a .971 fielding percentage...the A's won all four games in which he homered...made a team-leading 55 starts hitting ninth with his other five starts batting eighth...his .295 batting average in the nine spot was second best in the American League (min. 150 PA)...hit .309 with three of his four home runs against a pitcher the first time he saw him in a game and .217 after that. 2008 Began the season at Double-A Midland but finished it in Oakland where he started each of the A's final 19 games...was selected by the A's Aug. 12 and went 6 for 35 (.171) with two walks and two RBI over his first 17 games...then started at shortstop Sept. 8 at Detroit and hit .281 with seven RBI and 11 walks (.397 on-base percentage) over his final 19 games, all starts...four of those starts came at shortstop and 15 came at second base, including each of the last 10...batted .242 with no home runs and nine RBI in 36 games overall in his Major League debut...the switch-hitter batted .289 against left-handed pitchers and .213 against right-handers...12 of his 13 walks came against right-handers...hit .293 during the day and .207 at night...made a total of 29 starts with the A's, including 15 at second base, eight at third base and six at shortstop...did not commit an error in 16 games total at second base (77 chances), but had one error as a third baseman for a .950 fielding percentage and four errors at shortstop for a .867 percentage...made his debut Aug. 12 against Tampa Bay with a start at third base...went 0 for 7 over his first five games before doubling in the eighth inning off Javier Vazquez Aug. 17 against Chicago for his first Major League hit...had a two-run single Aug. 22 at Seattle for his first RBI...compiled a career best seven-game hitting streak from Aug. 31 to Sept. 12 (9 for 22, .409)...had the first two steal game of his career Sept. 22 at Texas and stole four bases in 36 games with the A's...batted a combined .280 with two home runs, 34 RBI and 31 stolen bases in 115 games with Midland and Triple-A Sacramento...his 93 walks fueled a .404 on-base percentage...tied for fourth in all of minor league baseball in walks...led the A's farm system in walks and on-base percentage, tied for second in runs (89) and was fourth in stolen bases...had minor league bests in batting, on-base percentage, walks and stolen bases and matched his career best with five triples...was rated as having the Best Strike-Zone Discipline, Best Defensive Infielder and Best Infield Arm among A's prospects in Baseball America's Best Tools survey...hit .302 against left-handed pitching and .270 against right-handers...his averaged improved to .310 with runners in scoring position...saw most of his action batting leadoff, where he hit .232 in 49 games...hit .317 in all other spots in the order...appeared in 80 games at shortstop, 32 games at second base and three at third base...committed 14 errors as a shortstop for a .966 fielding percentage, eight errors at second base for a .952 percentage and two errors at third base for a .818 percentage...began the season at Midland where he batted .260 with a .379 on-base percentage in 50 games...was successful in 20 of 21 (.952) stolen base attempts and finished second on the RockHounds in stolen bases...scored four runs in a game twice over a three-game span April 28 against San Antonio and April 30 against Corpus Christi...stole 10 bases over a nine-game span from April 30 to May 8, including a season high three steals May 8 at San Antonio...was promoted to Sacramento May 30 and went on to hit .297 with a .426 on-base percentage in 65 games...finished second on the River Cats with 54 walks and 11 stolen bases... had a season best 14-game hitting streak from June 11 to 24 (19 for 53, .358)...played for Team USA in the Futures game at Yankee Stadium and was 0 for 2...was a perfect 4 for 4 with a walk Aug. 9 at Las Vegas...was leading all of minor league baseball in walks (93) and was tied for sixth in runs scored (89) when he was promoted to Oakland Aug. 12. 2007 Split his season between Single-A Stockton and Double-A Midland and combined for a .253 batting average, 30 doubles, five triples, eight home runs and 57 RBI in 138 games...added 81 walks for a .346 on-base percentage...had minor league bests in games, at bats (557), runs (91), hits (141), doubles, triples, home runs, RBI, strikeouts (89) and slugging (.368)...led the A's farm system in runs, ranked second in walks, third in hits, fourth in doubles and fifth in stolen bases (17)...batted .272 against right-handed pitching and .187 against left-handers.....committed 27 errors in 130 games at shortstop for a .957 fielding percentage...also appeared in eight games as a second baseman...batted leadoff 125 times and also hit second eight times and third four times...began the year at Stockton and hit .255 with six home runs and 36 RBI in 68 games with the Ports...was transferred to Midland June 19 and batted .251 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 70 games with the RockHounds...played for the Arizona Fall League Champion Phoenix Desert Dogs following the season and batted .241 with one home run and 10 RBI in 23 games...ranked second in the AFL with 18 walks and had a .410 on-base percentage...was a perfect 9 for 9 in stolen base attempts. 2006 Began his first full season as a professional at Single-A Stockton and hit .203 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 46 games before going on the disabled list June 25 with a strained right hamstring that effectively ended his season...was sent to the A's affiliate in the Arizona Rookie League for a rehab assignment from Aug. 10 to 27 and hit .464 with six RBI in nine games before being shut down for the remainder of the season...committed 10 errors in 46 games at shortstop for a .947 fielding percentage... at Stockton, he batted .222 with both of his home runs and 18 of his 21 RBI against right-handed pitching compared to .157 against left-handers...his average improved to .286 with runners in scoring position, including .357 with RISP and two off to a slow start as he hit just .103 in April... improved to .231 in May and then batted .340 in 12 games in June. 2005 Batted .276 with three home runs, 29 RBI and 25 stolen bases in 69 games in his professional debut with Single-A Kane County...added 39 walks for a .364 on-base percentage...finished second in the A's farm system in stolen bases despite missing nearly three months of the season...was rated as the number five prospect in the Midwest League and the third best prospect in the A's farm system by Baseball America...batted .284 against right-handed pitchers and .253 against left-handers...made all of his defensive appearances at shortstop where he committed 13 errors in 65 games for a .958 fielding percentage...collected his first professional hit June 25 at Clinton when he went 2 for 5...hit his first home run July 10 at Lansing...had back-to-back three steal games Aug. 1 against Quad Cities and Aug. 2 at Peoria...was transferred to Single-A Stockton Sept. 6 and went 1 for 7 (.143) in two postseason games with the Ports.