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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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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

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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

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.
Fri, Aug 8, 2014 10:52:00 PM

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.
Wed, Aug 6, 2014 12:32:00 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.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 07:35:00 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.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 12:39:00 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.
Sat, Jul 26, 2014 11:47:00 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.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 09:53:00 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.
Fri, Jul 25, 2014 09:39:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Christian Bethancourt
2A.J. Pierzynski
3John Buck
4Jesus Flores
1B1Freddie Freeman
2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Alberto Callaspo
2Phil Gosselin
3Jace Peterson
4Jose Peraza
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
2Kelly Johnson
LF1Zoilo Almonte
2Jonny Gomes
3Eric Young Jr.
CF1Melvin Upton
2Eury Perez
3Joe Benson
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Minor
3Shelby Miller
4Alex Wood
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Wandy Rodriguez
7Eric Stults
8Manny Banuelos
9Chien-Ming Wang
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Craig Kimbrel
2Jason Grilli
3James Russell
4Luis Avilan
5Jim Johnson
6Juan Jaime
7Arodys Vizcaino
8Michael Kohn
9Josh Outman
10Ian Thomas
11Donnie Veal
12Matt Capps
13Jose Veras
14Shae Simmons