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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
Contract: view contract details

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Recent News'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. Nov 24 - 12:53 PM

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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."
Oct 19 - 10:12 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.
Oct 14 - 12:37 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.
Oct 10 - 3:23 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.
Oct 1 - 4:28 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.
Aug 8 - 10:52 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.
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

Depth Charts

C1Yadier Molina
2Tony Cruz
3Ed Easley
4Cody Stanley
1B1Matt Adams
2Mark Reynolds
3Xavier Scruggs
4Scott Moore
2B1Kolten Wong
2Dean Anna
SS1Jhonny Peralta
2Pete Kozma
3Greg Garcia
3B1Matt Carpenter
2Ty Kelly
LF1Matt Holliday
CF1Jon Jay
2Peter Bourjos
3Thomas Pham
RF1Jason Heyward
2Randal Grichuk
Starting Pitcher
S1Adam Wainwright
2Michael Wacha
3Lance Lynn
4John Lackey
5Carlos Martinez
6Jaime Garcia
Relief Pitcher
R1Trevor Rosenthal
2Jordan Walden
3Seth Maness
4Matt Belisle
5Randy Choate
6Sam Freeman
7Kevin Siegrist
8Marco Gonzales
9Tyler Lyons
10Nick Greenwood
11Samuel Tuivailala
12Miguel Socolovich
13Marcus Hatley