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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher

Team: St Louis Cardinals
Age / DOB:  (37) / 12/30/1976
Ht / Wt:  6'3' / 235
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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A.J. Pierzynski smacked his first homer with the Cardinals in Friday's loss to the Orioles.
His two-run shot was the only offense of the night for St. Louis. Pierzynski is batting .313 (10-for-32) since signing with St. Louis late last month and is worth rolling with in two-catcher mixed leagues for now. Aug 8 - 10:52 PM

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A.J. Pierzynski finished 2-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a win over his former team, the Red Sox, on Tuesday.

Pierzynski was likely a bit more motivated to do well in his first action against the club that cut him loose last month. Pierzynski got the last laugh, though, singling twice and scoring the winning run in the eighth inning. The catcher is hitting .320 in seven games since catching on with the Cardinals and will see the lion's share of the playing time behind the dish until Yadier Molina returns in September.
Aug 6 - 12:32 AM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 in his Cardinals debut on Saturday afternoon at Wrigley Field, playing a big role in a 6-3 win over the rival Cubs.

Pierzynski grounded out in his first at-bat but singled in the next three, driving home an important insurance run in the Cards' four-run seventh inning. He was not hitting well in Boston, but the 37-year-old catcher has good career offensive numbers and is going to get semi-regular playing time in St. Louis while Yadier Molina (thumb) is out. Pierzynski is relevant again in deep mixed fantasy leagues.
Jul 26 - 7:35 PM

A.J. Pierzynski is in the Cardinals starting lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs.

He's hitting sixth in the lineup for his Cardinals debut. While he's a shell of his former self, as long as he's receiving regular playing time behind the dish in St. Louis, he's fantasy-relevant again in two-catcher formats.
Jul 26 - 12:39 PM

Cardinals signed C A.J. Pierzynski.

Pierzynski will be active and in uniform for Saturday's game against the Cubs. The 37-year-old catcher was hitting .254/.286/.348 with four homers over 72 games before being cut loose by the Red Sox.
Jul 26 - 11:47 AM

Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Cardinals have reached an agreement with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

The veteran backstop is already in Chicago and will join the team before Saturday's game. His arrival likely signals the end of George Kottaras' brief time with the Cardinals. Pierzynski should see the bulk of the playing time behind the plate, and is certainly worth a look in deep two-catcher mixed leagues.
Jul 25 - 9:53 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Cardinals are in the process of signing free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.

Pierzynski was cut loose by the Red Sox on July 16 after the 37-year-old backstop struggled to the tune of .254/.286/.348 with four homers through his first 72 games. With Yadier Molina on the shelf, he represents a definite upgrade for the Cardinals over George Kottaras and Tony Cruz.
Jul 25 - 9:39 PM

Red Sox released C A.J. Pierzynski.

Not surprisingly, the Red Sox were unable to find a trade partner after designating Pierzynski for assignment. The 37-year-old hit just .254/.286/.348 with four homers over 72 games for Boston, but he can be had at the veteran minimum now and should be scooped up by someone. However, he might not be able to find a starting job.
Jul 16 - 3:28 PM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the Cardinals are not interested in A.J. Pierzynski.

It was natural to connect the recently designated for assignment Pierzynski to the Cards following Yadier Molina's thumb injury, but there doesn't appear to be a fit. Pierzynski hit only .254/.286/.348 for the Red Sox and reportedly did not fit in well in their clubhouse.
Jul 11 - 10:16 AM

Red Sox designated C A.J. Pierzynski for assignment.

Pierzynski has managed a poor .254/.286/.348 batting line with just four homers and 31 RBI this season, and the Sox have apparently decided they've had enough. Boston will have to eat the $3.6 million remaining on Pierzynski's contract once he clears waivers. Pierzynski, 37, figures to receive some interest on the open market, but it's possible he might not be able to find a starting job. Christian Vazquez has been summoned from Triple-A.
Jul 9 - 2:39 PM

A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from Wednesday's game after Asdrubal Cabrera drew a walk in the sixth inning.

Pierzynski was 1-for-3 prior to being tossed. It is very rare for a catcher to be ejected from a game while on defense, but no further punishment should be coming. David Ross entered the game at catcher.
Jun 4 - 11:32 PM

A.J. Pierzynski delivered a walk-off triple in the 10th inning to lead to the Red Sox to a 3-2 victory over the Rays on Friday night.

Juan Carlos Oviedo hit Jonny Gomes with a pitch with one-out and Pierzynski followed with a drive to right-center field which dropped in between Wil Myers and Desmond Jennings, who collided. After dropping 10 straight games, the Red Sox have now won five in a row. Pierzynski went 2-for-5 on the night and has pulled his batting average up to .283 on the year.
May 30 - 11:57 PM

A.J. Pierzynski will not be in Tuesday's lineup against the Braves.

David Ross will start behind the plate and catch Jon Lester, a pairing that has worked well recently. For what it's worth, Ross is 4-for-12 with three homers against Tuesday's starter Aaron Harang.
May 27 - 1:12 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with three runs scored in a loss to the Rays on Sunday.

Pierzynski had two doubles and a single on the afternoon, scoring all three times he reached base. He's 9-for-22 in his last five games, bringing his average up to .270 after it had dipped to .244 during a cold stretch.
May 25 - 6:11 PM

A.J. Pierzynski went hitless in Sunday’s loss to the Tigers, going 0-for-4 with a strikeout.

Pierzynski has been up to his free-swinging ways this season, and despite a .246 batting average is only getting on base at a .283 clip. He has also seen a downtick in the power department with just three homers and 20 RBI on the season.
May 18 - 11:31 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yadier Molina
2A.J. Pierzynski
3Tony Cruz
1B1Matt Adams
2B1Kolten Wong
2Mark Ellis
3Daniel Descalso
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
RF1Oscar Taveras
2Shane Robinson
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Justin Masterson
6Shelby Miller
7Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Pat Neshek
3Seth Maness
4Randy Choate
5Sam Freeman
6Jason Motte
7Nick Greenwood
8Carlos Martinez