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A.J. Pierzynski | Catcher | #15

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (41) / 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 is joining Fox Sports as a full-time analyst.
That means Pierzynski's 19-year career in the big leagues is officially over. The 40-year-old had a tendency to rub people the wrong way with his brash personality (a fact he readily admits) but was a productive hitter throughout his career, batting .280 with 188 homers over 7,290 major league at-bats for seven different clubs. Pierzynski made two All-Star appearances and won a World Series with the White Sox in 2005. He's been a part of Fox's postseason coverage for several years. Tue, Mar 28, 2017 02:09:00 PM

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A.J. Pierzynski is not retiring.

Pierzynski has already done some postseason broadcasting and will probably have a full-time career in that as soon as he hangs up his cleats, but Chris Cotillo of SB Nation is hearing that the 39-year-old catcher (40 next month) wants to continue playing. Pierzynski batted .219/.243/.304 in 259 plate appearances this past season for the Braves. He is currently a free agent.
Mon, Nov 7, 2016 01:55:00 PM

Braves transferred C A.J. Pierzynski to the 60-day disabled list.

The veteran backstop will miss the remainder of the season with his hamstring injury. This was done mainly as a procedural move to create a spot on the 40-man roster. It's very likely that Pierzynski's time in Atlanta has come to an end.
Sat, Sep 17, 2016 11:36:00 AM

Braves placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a strained left hamstring.

Pierzynski did have a hamstring injury last month, but it's unlikely he's actually hurt this time around. There were reports Saturday night that Pierzynski was going to retire, and this appears to be a way to get him off the active roster while still allowing him to collect a paycheck. Although nothing will be official until after the season, the 39-year-old's playing career looks to be over. If that's the case, he'll finish with a career .280/.319/.420 batting line and 188 homers across 19 seasons.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016 10:25:00 AM

A Braves official told David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution that "as far as he knows" A.J. Pierzynski is not retiring right now.

Reports surfaced earlier tonight that Pierznyski was calling it quits. We were always a bit skeptical given Pierzynski's eccentric nature though it wouldn't be a surprise if the 39-year-old retired at the end of the season. The end is near but for now, it appears Pierzynski will keep playing.
Sat, Sep 10, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Braves activated C A.J. Pierzynski from the 15-day disabled list.

Pierzynski missed exactly 15 days with a left hamstring strain. The veteran catcher returns Thursday to a weak .218/.237/.305 season slash line and two home runs.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 10:26:00 AM

A.J. Pierzynski (hamstring) will be activated from the disabled list on Thursday.

That is when major league rosters expand, so the Braves won't have to make a corresponding move. Pierzynski took batting practice with his Atlanta teammates on Tuesday evening. He's been on the disabled list since August 17 because of a hamstring strain.
Tue, Aug 30, 2016 05:19:00 PM

Braves placed C A.J. Pierzynski on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Tyler Flowers was activated from the disabled list in a corresponding 25-man roster move. Pierzynski, batting .218/.237/.305 this year, will likely be out 3-4 weeks.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 02:33:00 PM

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.
Sat, Jul 16, 2016 11:00:00 PM

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.
Sat, May 21, 2016 12:31:00 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.
Wed, Mar 30, 2016 05:52:00 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.
Sun, Feb 14, 2016 04:51:00 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

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C1Tyler Flowers
2Kurt Suzuki
1B1Freddie Freeman
2B1Ozzie Albies
2Charlie Culberson
SS1Dansby Swanson
3B1Johan Camargo
2Ryan Flaherty
LF1Ronald Acuna
2Preston Tucker
CF1Ender Inciarte
RF1Nick Markakis
Starting Pitcher
S1Julio Teheran
2Mike Foltynewicz
3Brandon McCarthy
4Sean Newcomb
5Mike Soroka
6Anibal Sanchez
Relief Pitcher
R1Arodys Vizcaino
2Jose Ramirez
3A.J. Minter
4Dan Winkler
5Sam Freeman
6Peter Moylan
7Shane Carle
8Luiz Gohara
9Jesse Biddle
10Grant Dayton
11Jacob Lindgren
12Lucas Sims