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A.J. Pierzynski

39-Year-Old Catcher – Atlanta Braves

2016 Stats

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.213

HR

1

RBI

21

R

11

SB

1

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

It looked like Pierzynski may have been headed for the broadcast booth permanently after a poor 2014 campaign, one which saw him post a career-worst .288 OBP while returning negative value behind the ...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 3"   WT: 235   DOB: 12/30/1976   BORN: Bridgehampton, NY   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 3rd Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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A.J. Pierzynski Contract Information:

Agreed to a one-year contract with the Braves in November of 2015.

July 23, 2016  –  A.J. Pierzynski News

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A.J. Pierzynski Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2005 28 MAJ CHA 128 497 460 61 118 39 21 0 18 56 0 2 23 68 1 1 12 .257 .308 .420 .728
2006 29 MAJ CHA 140 543 509 65 150 40 24 0 16 64 1 0 22 72 3 1 8 .295 .333 .436 .769
2007 30 MAJ CHA 136 509 472 54 124 38 24 0 14 50 1 1 25 66 1 3 8 .263 .309 .403 .712
2008 31 MAJ CHA 134 570 534 66 150 45 31 1 13 60 1 0 19 71 3 6 8 .281 .312 .416 .728
2009 32 MAJ CHA 138 535 504 57 151 36 22 1 13 49 1 1 24 52 3 3 1 .300 .331 .425 .755
2010 33 MAJ CHA 128 503 474 43 128 38 29 0 9 56 3 4 15 39 6 2 6 .270 .300 .388 .688
2011 34 AAA CHA 3 11 10 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 .200 .273 .200 .473
2011 34 MAJ CWS 129 500 464 38 133 38 29 1 8 48 0 0 23 33 2 6 5 .287 .323 .405 .728
2012 35 MAJ CWS 135 520 479 68 133 49 18 4 27 77 0 0 28 78 1 4 8 .278 .326 .501 .827
2013 36 AA FRI 2 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .334
2013 36 MAJ TEX 134 529 503 48 137 42 24 1 17 70 1 1 11 76 0 6 9 .272 .297 .425 .722
2014 37 MAJ STL 30 88 82 6 20 3 2 0 1 6 0 1 5 14 0 0 1 .244 .295 .305 .600
2014 37 MAJ BOS 72 274 256 19 65 15 10 1 4 31 0 0 9 40 1 4 4 .254 .286 .348 .634
2014  (Multiple Teams) 37 MAJ STL/BOS 102 362 338 25 85 18 12 1 5 37 0 1 14 54 1 4 5 .251 .288 .337 .625
2015 38 MAJ ATL 113 436 407 38 122 34 24 1 9 49 0 2 19 37 0 3 7 .300 .339 .430 .769
2016 39 MAJ ATL 63 206 197 11 42 11 10 0 1 21 1 0 4 24 0 3 2 .213 .233 .279 .512
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3-Year Averages     116 441 416 37 114 31 20 1 10 52 0 1 14 55 0 4 7 .274 .306 .399 .705
Career  (View All)     2041 7,760 7,240 803 2,031 613 402 24 187 907 15 23 306 890 28 58 128 .281 .319 .420 .739

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Games By Position

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A.J. Pierzynski Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Days To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jul. 24 @Col 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .213 .233 .279 .512
Jul. 23 @Col Did not play.
Jul. 22 @Col Did not play.
Jul. 21 @Col 3 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .218 .238 .285 .523
Jul. 20 @Cin 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .236 .279 .515
Jul. 19 @Cin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .215 .236 .280 .516
Jul. 18 @Cin 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .216 .237 .281 .518
Jul. 17 Col Did not play.
Jul. 16 Col 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .212 .233 .272 .505
Jul. 15 Col 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .206 .228 .250 .478
Jul. 10 @CWS 4 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .205 .227 .250 .477
Jul. 9 @CWS 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .227 .244 .471
Jul. 8 @CWS Did not play.
Jul. 7 @ChC Did not play.
Jul. 6 @Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .201 .225 .243 .468
Jul. 5 @Phi Did not play.
Jul. 4 @Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .224 .242 .466
Jul. 3 Mia 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .199 .224 .242 .466
Jul. 2 Mia 4 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .225 .242 .467
Jul. 1 Mia 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .224 .242 .466
Jun. 30 Mia 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .226 .244 .470
Jun. 29 Cle Did not play.
Jun. 28 Cle 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .199 .226 .244 .470
Jun. 27 Cle 1 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .230 .248 .478
Jun. 26 NYM 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .197 .225 .237 .462
Jun. 25 NYM Did not play.
Jun. 24 NYM Did not play.
Jun. 23 NYM 4 0 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .203 .231 .243 .474
Jun. 22 @Mia 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .194 .224 .229 .453
Jun. 21 @Mia 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .189 .219 .224 .443
Last 7 Days 13 0 3 2 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .231 .231 .385 .616
Last 14 Days 28 1 8 3 0 1 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 .286 .276 .500 .776
Last 30 Days 58 2 15 5 0 1 9 0 4 0 0 0 1 0 .259 .254 .397 .651

A.J. Pierzynski: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 52
2015 107 1
2014 87 5
2013 119 12
2012 126 5
2011 120 7
2010 127
2009 131 1

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A.J. Pierzynski Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016321000.125.125.250
2015833070.265.325.655
20149331100.204.258.490

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016165101211.230.309.562
2015324359420.309.457.799
2014245224270.269.367.677

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20169761120.186.237.433
2015188195270.277.436.761
2014165121160.297.352.675

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20161005091.240.320.589
2015219194220.320.425.777
2014173134210.208.324.579
A.J. Pierzynski Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2005 28 MAJ CHA 497 460 4.6% 13.7% 0.34 85% .267 .163
2006 29 MAJ CHA 543 509 4.1% 13.3% 0.31 86% .318 .141
2007 30 MAJ CHA 509 472 4.9% 13% 0.38 86% .281 .140
2008 31 MAJ CHA 570 534 3.3% 12.5% 0.27 87% .304 .135
2009 32 MAJ CHA 535 504 4.5% 9.7% 0.46 90% .314 .125
2010 33 MAJ CHA 503 474 3% 7.8% 0.38 92% .279 .118
2011 34 AAA CHA 11 10 0% 18.2% 0.00 80% .250 .000
2011 34 MAJ CWS 500 464 4.6% 6.6% 0.70 93% .296 .118
2012 35 MAJ CWS 520 479 5.4% 15% 0.36 84% .283 .223
2013 36 AA FRI 6 6 0% 16.7% 0.00 83% .200 .000
2013 36 MAJ TEX 529 503 2.1% 14.4% 0.14 85% .293 .153
2014 37 MAJ STL 88 82 5.7% 15.9% 0.36 83% .284 .061
2014 37 MAJ BOS 274 256 3.3% 14.6% 0.23 84% .288 .094
2014  (Multiple Teams) 37 MAJ STL/BOS 362 338 3.9% 14.9% 0.26 84% .287 .086
2015 38 MAJ ATL 436 407 4.4% 8.5% 0.51 91% .313 .130
2016 39 MAJ ATL 206 197 1.9% 11.7% 0.17 88% .238 .066
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3-Year Averages     441 416 3.2% 12.5% 0.25 87% .296 .125
Career     7,760 7,240 3.9% 11.5% 0.34 88% .299 .139

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2016 Stat Review for A.J. Pierzynski    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

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.213 AVG
TERRIBLE
88% Contact Rate
GREAT
.238 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.279 SLG
TERRIBLE
.066 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.17 BB/K
TERRIBLE
1.9% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
11.7% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

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.512 OPS
TERRIBLE
.233 OBP
TERRIBLE

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A.J. Pierzynski: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Rockies.

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Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer Saturday against the Rockies.

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Pierzynski has gone 5-for-20 across seven games in July.

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Pierzynski is in the lineup and batting sixth for Monday's game against the Reds.

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Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Cubs.

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Pierzynski is out of the lineup Friday against the Marlins.

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Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Brewers, Kevin McAlpin of the Braves Radio Network reports.

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Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Thursday against the Pirates.

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Pierzynski is out of Wednesday's lineup against the Pirates.

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Pierzynski is not in the lineup Monday against the Pirates.

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Pierzynski is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals.

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Pierzynski is not in the lineup Friday against the Royals.

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Pierzynski played in his 2,000th career game against the Phillies on Thursday.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

After Yadier Molina went down with an injury in August, the Cardinals picked up Pierzynski off the streets following his release from the Red Sox. Pierzynski served as the primary catcher in Molina's absence but was quickly relegated to pinch-hitting duties after his return. The 37-year-old has become something of a journeyman the last few years, and the Braves, with whom he signed in December, represent his fifth team in the last four seasons. Pierzynski was able to put up solid numbers playing baseball's most physically-demanding position for much longer than most, collecting at least 400 at-bats each year from 2002 to 2013, but his numbers have been quickly heading in the wrong direction the last several seasons, leading to an ugly .251/.288/.337 line in 2014. He's probably not going to be anything more than a primary backup for the remainder of his career.

2014

Pierzynski saw the expected drop in power from his career-high 27 homers in 2012, but he still took advantage of his home park to deliver 17 long balls for the Rangers during his only season in Texas. The Red Sox signed him to take over as their primary catcher in 2014, where he'll likely see the larger share of the workload ahead of David Ross. Pierzynski rarely shows patience at the plate (.297 OBP, 2.1% walk rate), and it will be very interesting to see if he can remain a threat to maintain his 2013 power numbers in his new home park.

2013

Who saw that coming? Pierzynski, the 35-year-old who failed to hit more than nine home runs in 2010 and 2011, proved to be one of the top fantasy backstops in 2012. He set career-highs in home runs (27), RBI (77) and slugging percentage (.501), and his .326 on-base percentage was his best in nearly a decade. But there were some worries as he hit 18 of his 27 home runs at the power-friendly U.S. Cellular Field, and he hit a paltry .237 over his final 100 plate appearances. He will likely assume the bulk of the catching duties from Geovany Soto after signing a one-year deal with the Rangers. The move to a hitter-friendly environment in Texas, could help continue his unexpected power burst.

2012

Pierzynski rebounded in 2011 from his average 2010 campaign, but perhaps the most amazing stat of his season was that his trip to the disabled list in August for a wrist injury marked the first time in his career he was on the DL. That is fairly remarkable for a catcher with more than 12,000 innings on his knees. Offensively, he continued to cut down on his strikeouts, but he also continued to hit the ball on the ground regularly. He could be due for a drop in batting average should that percentage continue its trend upward. Keep in mind that an improving Tyler Flowers could eat into Pierzynski's playing time in 2012, but that might be better for the mid-30s catcher anyway.

2011

Pierzynski had a down offensive year in 2010, as he missed the double-digit home run precipice for the first time since 2003. He only walked 15 times, which brought his OBP to a career-low .300. On the plus side, he posted his eighth straight season with at least 497 plate appearances, which is durability not often found at the catcher position. Tyler Flowers no longer appears to be an immediate threat, and Pierzynski should have the White Sox's starting catcher spot to himself for the next two seasons.

2010

2009 was Pierzynski's first .300 season since leaving Minnesota in 2003. He finished the season hitting third in the Sox's lineup, but that spot produced his worst splits (.252/.277/.301 with 16 strikeouts in 123 at-bats). He doesn't walk much and doesn't strike out much, but that's nothing new. He probably won't stick in the No. 3 hole, but he could be a decent source of average in a catcher position that is devoid of many fantasy stars.

2009

He's durable, swings at everything and is as consistent as they come when you consider the volatility of batting average. Pierzynski doesn't give you any upside, nor is he likely to implode and bat .215. He just has the same season over and over. That's pretty valuable in AL-only formats, where the catching is awful.

2008

Pierzynski's slash stats (.263/.309/.403) were disappointing but he did manage to hit 14 homers and drive in 50. He was rewarded with a two-year, $12.5 million contract extension at the end of the season that will keep him in Chicago until 2010. A healthy Toby Hall should take away some of his at-bats against left-handers but he'll be back as the team's primary catcher this season.

2007

Pierzynski used to be the type of player you only liked if he was on your team. He may still be that guy, but after earning his second All-Star nod and actually outshining MVP candidate Jermaine Dye for much of the season when he hit .318 with 18 doubles and eight home runs through July, Pierzynski is earning league-wide respect. That, in part, could be a reason he was plunked only eight times, including twice in one game, in 2006, compared to 11, 15, 15 and 12 the previous four seasons, respectively.

2006

Pierzynski's 2005 campaign will mostly be remembered for his exploitation of Doug Eddings' indecision in Game 2 of the World Series, but his contributions to the White Sox's cause went beyond one head's-up bit of baserunning. The expected power spike after he traded SBC Park for US Cellular carried him to a career high in home runs, and the pitching staff mostly praised his work behind the plate. He was rewarded with a three-year deal in the offseason, and could end up as the best Sox backstop since Carlton Fisk when it's all said and done -- not that Ron Karkovice is that tough to dethrone for the honor.

2005

Pierzynski didn't help his reptuation as volatile player after he got under his teammates' skin for much of his first season in San Francisco, but after a slow start he hit close to his career averages when you factor his home park. Moving back to the AL and away from SBC Park should help his numbers. He'll be the primary catcher for the White Sox.

2004

Most left-handed hitters struggle in Pac Bell Park, but the stadium's big outfield should suit Pierzynski, a line-drive hitter without much power to lose. His average will likely take a hit, and even ten homers is optimistic. But he'll play a lot and bat behind Barry Bonds, so RBIs-a-poppin'.

2003

Pierzynski made the All-Star team in 2002 with pretty much the same season as 2001. Will hit for a decent average with some power. However, his inability to take a walk (just 13 in 2002) makes him a candidate to drop off. Prospect Joe Mauer may compete for his job as early as 2004.