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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher | #15

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (39) / 12/30/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3" / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 1994 / Rd. 3 (0) / MIN
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A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run home run, his first of the year, in Saturday's loss to the Rockies.
Pierzynski connected on a Chad Bettis pitch for the two-run shot in the second inning. It's a bit surprising that it took him 58 games to get his first dinger after Pierzynski hit nine in his first year with the Braves last season. The 39-year-old went 2-for-4 in the game and is batting .212/.233/.272 on the year. Jul 16 - 11:00 PM

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A.J. Pierzynski is not in the Braves starting lineup on Saturday.

Day game after a night game is a terrific spot to give the veteran backstop a day off. Tyler Flowers will start in his place and bat sixth for the Braves against Adam Morgan and the Phillies.
May 21 - 12:31 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 0-for-2 on Wednesday, leaving him with a .273/.265/.303 line in 33 at-bats this spring.

Tyler Flowers is at .194/.275/.306, so neither catcher has made much of a statement this spring. Odds are that it will be a fairly straight platoon initially, with Pierzynski facing righties and Flowers starting against lefties. Ideally, Flowers would take on more of a share as the year goes along.
Mar 30 - 5:52 PM

David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers will share the catching duties for the Braves in 2016.

When asked about it, Pierzynski said that the ideal situation would be to have each catch 80 games. The 39-year-old is coming off a nice season where he slashed .300/.339/.430 with nine homers and 49 RBI in 113 contests. It's discouraging news for his fantasy value if he's only going to play half the time, especially in deeper two-catcher formats.
Feb 14 - 4:51 PM

Braves re-signed C A.J. Pierzynski to a one-year contract.

The terms of the deal weren't immediately available. Pierzynski enjoyed a surprisingly strong offensive output in 2015, batting .300/.339/.430 with nine home runs and 39 RBI with the Braves. He'll be the team's primary catcher while helping to bring along Christian Bethancourt, the team's catcher of the future.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 04:16:00 PM

According to Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal, A.J. Pierzynski and the Braves have reached an agreement on a one-year contract.

Pierzynski did a nice job with the Braves in 2015, slashing .300/.339/.430 with nine homers and 39 RBI across 407 at-bats. The 38-year-old also reportedly drew some interest from his former Twins club, but he'll be settling down with the Braves once more as the primary starter behind the plate and mentor to youngster Christian Bethancourt. The deal is pending a physical. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports is reporting that the deal is worth $3 million.
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 06:31:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that the Twins are "expected to look to bring back" A.J. Pierzynski.

Pierzynski hit a surprising .300/.339/.430 with nine homers for the Braves this season, so there might be a few clubs interested in him (Heyman adds that Atlanta might want to re-sign him). The 38-year-old began his career with the Twins but hasn't played for them since 2003. Pierzynski would pair with Kurt Suzuki as Minnesota's catching duo.
Fri, Oct 23, 2015 12:43:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski (knee, ankle) will likely be limited to pinch-hitting for the rest of the season.

Pierzynski left Friday's game with a bruised left knee. He's also dealing with an ankle injury. With Christian Bethancourt (thumb) also hurt, Ryan Lavarnway is expected to catch Atlanta's final two games.
Sat, Oct 3, 2015 04:51:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski was lifted from Friday's game against the Cardinals after getting hit by a pitch on his knee.

The veteran backstop also fouled a ball off his foot before departing. There's a strong chance that he's held out over the final two games of the season, leaving Christian Bethancourt to handle the catching duties.
Fri, Oct 2, 2015 11:39:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski finished 3-for-3 with two home runs as the Braves topped the Nationals 2-1 on Tuesday.

Pierzynski was the only one able to get to Nationals starter Tanner Roark, as he finished with three of the team's five hits. That includes both of the team's runs, driven in on solo homers in the fourth and seventh innings. Pierzynski has quietly had a strong offensive season for the Braves, batting .299/.336/.429 with nine homers, 47 RBI and 38 runs in 111 games.
Tue, Sep 29, 2015 10:00:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski (shoulder) returned to the Braves starting lineup on Sunday, going 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in a loss to the Marlins.

Pierzynski was forced to leave Friday's contest with a bruised shoulder, but it appears to be a minor issue and shouldn't impact his availability the remainder of the season. The veteran backstop is hitting .294/.332/.410 with seven homers and 45 RBI in 110 games this year.
Sun, Sep 27, 2015 11:11:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski was forced to leave Friday's game against the Marlins with a bruised shoulder.

He's considered day-to-day. The veteran backstop wasn't going to play on Saturday with a left-hander on the mound for the Marlins anyways, and could return to the lineup as early as Sunday.
Fri, Sep 25, 2015 11:58:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski ensured a series sweep of the Phillies with a walk-off single in the bottom of the ninth inning on Sunday.

Peter Moylan had allowed the tying run in the top half of the ninth. Pierzynski, who entered when Christian Bethancourt was hurt in the top of the ninth, wasted no time making his presence felt. With the winning run on third base and one out, Pierzynski lined a Luis Garcia offering to left-center to complete the win. The veteran catcher is near the end of the season with a .292/.330/.411 triple-slash line, seven home runs, and 45 RBI in 406 plate appearances.
Sun, Sep 20, 2015 04:20:00 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 4-for-6 with a two-run home run as the Braves won in 12 innings versus the Giants on Monday.

Pierzynski sent the game into extra innings when his two-run blast in the bottom of the ninth inning tied the game up at seven apiece. The catcher is now on a nine-game hitting streak, bumping his triple-slash line back up to .302/.337/.447 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.
Mon, Aug 3, 2015 11:16:00 PM

ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Braves are "fielding calls" on A.J. Pierzynski and Jonny Gomes.

Pierzynski has had a surprisingly solid season, hitting .283/.322/.425 with six homers to push Christian Bethancourt back to Triple-A. Contenders would surely view him as a backup. Gomes is batting just .205/.309/.323 with four homers this season but could be a threat off the bench versus lefties.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 02:07:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Tyler Flowers
3Anthony Recker
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Erick Aybar
2Chase d'Arnaud
3B1Gordon Beckham
2Brandon Snyder
LF1Mallex Smith
2Hector Olivera
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
2Jeff Francoeur
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Matt Wisler
3Michael Foltynewicz
4Williams Perez
5Manny Banuelos
6John Gant
7Lucas Harrell
8Jesse Biddle
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jim Johnson
3Mauricio Cabrera
4Eric O'Flaherty
5Hunter Cervenka
6Chris Withrow
7Ian Krol
8Tyrell Jenkins
9Dario Alvarez
10Daniel Winkler
11Paco Rodriguez
12Andrew McKirahan
13Joel de la Cruz