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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (38) / 12/30/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.
The veteran backstop will take a seat and give way to Christian Bethancourt behind the dish. He has been outstanding thus far in 2015, slashing .323/.356/.508 with three homers and 14 RBI. May 9 - 12:49 PM

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A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves' starting lineup on Thursday evening against the Reds.

Christian Bethancourt is catching and batting sixth versus Reds right-hander Mike Leake. Pierzynski has an incredible .422 batting average and 1.131 OPS in 52 plate appearances this season for the Braves, but he'll rest his 38-year-old legs for a day.
Apr 30 - 3:26 PM

A.J. Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a 1-for-4 performance in Wednesday's 13-4 loss to the Nationals.

Pierzynski got the Braves on the board, knocking in two runs with a single off of Jordan Zimmermann in the first inning. He went 4-for-4 against the Nats on Tuesday and has yet to go hitless in a game this season. The veteran catcher is batting .422/.442/.689 with three home runs and 14 RBI.
Apr 29 - 10:09 PM

A.J. Pierzynski's 4-for-4 performance was wasted as the Braves lost to the Nationals on Tuesday.

Fun fact: Pierzynski has hit safely in all 11 games he's played in for the Braves this season. The catcher has been the unlikely offensive star for the Braves in the season's first month. He brought in a run with a sacrifice fly in the first inning, singled in a run in the fourth, doubled in a run in the sixth, and singled in one more run in the seventh. The 38-year-old Pierzynski owns an eye-popping .439/.458/.732 triple-slash line with three home runs and 12 RBI.
Apr 28 - 11:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-3 with a double and a walk in Wednesday's loss to the Mets.

OK, this is getting ridiculous. Pierzynski has hit in all six of his starts, going 9-for-23 with three homers. Last year, he had a total of five homers in 338 at-bats. His hot start isn't necessarily good news for the Braves, not if it leads to Christian Bethancourt losing his job. It doesn't look like they're going that route yet, though.
Apr 22 - 10:30 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a solo home run in a loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

Pierzynski followed Freddie Freeman's homer with a blast of his own, later adding a single. The homer was Pierzynski's second on the season. He's still primarily a backup to Christian Bethancourt, but the veteran is the better offensive option of the two.
Apr 14 - 10:12 PM

A.J. Pierzynski homered for the only runs of the game as the Braves beat the Marlins 2-0 to complete a three-game sweep Wednesday.

Everything is coming up Braves. Pierzynski also walked, which is hardly a scarcer feat that him homering. In 2013, he had 17 homers and 11 walks for the Rangers. Last year, he had five homers and 14 walks in 338 at-bats for the Red Sox and Cardinals.
Apr 8 - 10:15 PM

Braves signed C A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year, $2 million contract.

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reported the contract details. Pierzynski will serve as as a backup to young Christian Bethancourt in 2015 after batting .251/.288/.337 over 362 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and Cardinals.
Jan 7 - 3:30 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that A.J. Pierzynski will make a base salary of $2 million in his one-year contract with the Braves.

He'll have the opportunity to make more through incentives. Pierzynski will serve as Christian Bethancourt's backup in 2015 after batting .251/.288/.337 over 362 plate appearances last season for the Red Sox and Cardinals.
Fri, Dec 26, 2014 03:00:00 PM

Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports that the Braves and A.J. Pierzynski have agreed to a one-year contract, pending a physical.

Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez apparently let the cat out of the bag while at a Honeybaked Ham on Wednesday and Bowman was able to confirm the story's validity. We're not kidding. Pierzynski, 37, batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals and should back up young Christian Bethancourt in 2015. The deal is expected to become official after January 1.
Wed, Dec 24, 2014 01:50:00 PM

MLB.com's Mark Bowman reports that the Braves have talked to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

They've also been in contact with David Ross as part of an ongoing search for a veteran backup to young catcher Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski batted just .251/.288/.337 in 362 plate appearances this past season between the Red Sox and Cardinals. The 37-year-old should come cheap.
Mon, Nov 24, 2014 12:53:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski would like to continue his playing career next season.

Pierzynski, who will turn 38 in December, was released by the Red Sox after struggling for three months, but the Cardinals picked him up and used him as a starter while Yadier Molina was hurt. His best days are clearly behind him, but Pierzynski should be able to land somewhere at least as a backup. "I want to play, obviously," said Pierzynski. "Physically I feel good. I still think I can contribute. I don’t know what will be out there, but I want to play."
Sun, Oct 19, 2014 10:12:00 AM

A.J. Pierzynski will start behind the plate in Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants on Tuesday.

With Yadier Molina sidelined due to an oblique injury, Pierzynski will make the start over Tony Cruz. The full lineup: Matt Carpenter 3B, Jon Jay CF, Matt Holliday LF, Matt Adams 1B, Jhonny Peralta SS, Pierzynski C, Kolten Wong 2B, Randal Grichuk RF, John Lackey SP.
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 12:37:00 PM

The Cardinals have added A.J. Pierzynski to their NLCS roster.

He will replace reliever Sam Freeman. Pierzynski will be the team's third catcher, though he's likely to serve mainly in a pinch-hitting role. "Wanted another experienced bat," manager Mike Matheny said of the decision. Pierzynski hit just .251/.288/.337 with five homers for the Red Sox and Cardinals this season but is a career .300/.372/.520 batter with five homers and 17 RBI over 30 postseason games.
Fri, Oct 10, 2014 03:23:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski is not on the Cardinals' NLDS roster.

Tony Cruz will act as Yadier Molina's backup instead. Pierzynski served as a nice fill-in for St. Louis when Molina went down in early July with a thumb injury, but the 37-year-old made just one start in September.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 04:28:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
2Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
3B1Chris Johnson
2Juan Uribe
3Kelly Johnson
LF1Jonny Gomes
2Todd Cunningham
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Eric Young Jr.
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Alex Wood
4Shelby Miller
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Williams Perez
7Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jason Grilli
2Jim Johnson
3Josh Outman
4Luis Avilan
5Nick Masset
6Andrew McKirahan
7Trevor Cahill
8Brandon Cunniff
9Cody Martin
10Arodys Vizcaino
11Shae Simmons
12Chris Withrow