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Hello, my name is: Cliff Pennington

Cliff Pennington delivered another season of smooth defense and limited offense. Which will weigh more heavily in the memories of the SnakePit?

How this works

Every other day, from now through to Christmas, we'll open up discussion on a particular player who made a meaningful contribution to the 2014 Diamondbacks. [I've drawn the line at 125 PA or 20 innings] There will be two sections. Firstly, a poll where you rate them from 5 ("Highly satisfied") down to 1 ("Very dissatisfied"): it's entirely up to you what criteria you use for the number. Secondly, the comments below, where you can talk about the reasons for your vote, etc. Things to discuss include, but are not limited to:

  • Pre-season expectations 
  • 2014 performance: strengths and weaknesses, etc. 
  • Health and other mitigating factors 
  • How they'll help the team in 2015, their role, etc.

Three days down the line, we'll collate the votes, calculate a final average score, and write up the consensus of SnakePit thought into an appraisal. Here is a quick overview of today's candidate for your consideration.


Additional bonus! Going forward. we'll also have a "Comment of the Thread" for the appraisal, so please rec the comments you find insightful, funny, or whatever.

Cliff Pennington - IF
  • DOB: 06/15/1984
  • 2014 salary: $3,250,000
  • 2014 performance: 68 G, 201 PA, .254 BA, .340 OBP, .350 SLG, 93 OPS+, 2 HR
  • 2014 value: 1.6 bWAR, 1.5 fWAR

Actually, that 93 OPS+ was better than I expected, and was Pennington's highest since his last rookie campaign in 2009. His stats were helped by a walk rate of 10%, beaten only by Goldschmidt among those with 200+ PAs, and that wasn't even hitting in front of the pitcher, as he played most often in the #2 spot, where he had a .383 OBP. But, as usual, it was all about the glove for Pennington, as he started games for Arizona at second, shortstop and third, when needed, and made only two errors in 388 innings of fieldwork. However, with a third-year of arbitration coming up, might he be too pricey for the D-backs in 2015?