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Clifton Randoulph Pennington

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Shortstop Cliff Pennington was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the first round of the 2005 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Blake Davis and made his pro debut that summer with the Kane County Cougars, where he hit .276 and stole 25 bases. He began 2006 with the Stockton Ports but struggled, hitting just .203 in 46 games. He ended the season with the AZL Athletics, where he did much better, getting 13 hits in 28 at-bats.

Pennington started at second for the USA in the 2008 Futures Game, hitting second behind Andrew McCutchen. He went down on strikes in the first inning against Carlos Carrasco. In the 4th, he popped out while facing Eduardo Morlan. Later that summer, he was called up by the Athletics and made his debut on August 12, 2008.

Pennington was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks on October 20, 2012, as part of a 3-team trade. The A's sent Yordy Cabrera to the Miami Marlins. The Marlins sent Heath Bell and cash to the Diamondbacks. The Diamondbacks sent Chris Young and cash to the A's.

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