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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 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. Aug 3 - 11:16 PM

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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.
Jul 29 - 2:07 PM

A.J. Pierzynski finished 3-for-4 with a home run and two RBI in a win over the Brewers on Tuesday.

Pierzynski hit a solo home run in the second inning before adding an RBI single in the fourth. The game was an extension of Pierzynski's torrid stretch in recent days, as he's now 10-for-13 with three doubles and the home run in his last three games. The outburst has Pierzynski's season line up to .289/.323/.455 with six homers and 29 RBI.
Jul 8 - 12:04 AM

A.J. Pierzynski singled twice and doubled twice in five at-bats on Monday as the Braves took down the Brewers.

Pierzynski neither knocked in a run nor scored a run despite reaching base four times. He logged three hits on Sunday against the Phillies as well, the first sign of life in his bat in nearly a month. The veteran backstop is hitting .280/.315/.435 with five home runs and 27 RBI this season.
Jul 6 - 11:44 PM

A.J. Pierzynski hit a two-run homer against the Nationals on Wednesday.

Pierzynski hit three homers in his first five games of the season, but he's had just two since. His offensive numbers are still living off that huge April he had, but the Braves committed to him over Christian Bethancourt and don't seem to regret it.
Jul 2 - 1:20 AM

A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with two runs scored on Wednesday as the Braves defeated the Padres.

Pierzynski beat out an infield single in the second inning and later scored. He later led off the seventh with another single and eventually came around to score. The catcher has been ice cold at the plate since opening the season with a 13-game hitting streak, but he still has a productive .276/.315/.425 batting line with four home runs and 21 RBI.
Jun 10 - 10:10 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1A.J. Pierzynski
2Ryan Lavarnway
3Christian Bethancourt
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Jace Peterson
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Adonis Garcia
LF1Nick Swisher
2Jonny Gomes
CF1Cameron Maybin
2Michael Bourn
RF1Nick Markakis
2Dian Toscano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Julio Teheran
2Shelby Miller
3Mike Minor
4Williams Perez
5Michael Foltynewicz
6Matt Wisler
7Manny Banuelos
8Daniel Winkler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Andrew McKirahan
3Peter Moylan
4Ross Detwiler
5Brandon Cunniff
6Matt Marksberry
7Edwin Jackson
8Sugar Ray Marimon
9Chris Withrow
10Shae Simmons
11Jason Grilli
12Paco Rodriguez