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A.J. Pierzynski

37-Year-Old Catcher – Boston Red Sox

2014 Stats

AVG

.255

HR

1

RBI

6

R

5

SB

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

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....

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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:

Signed a one-year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox in December of 2013.

April 17, 2014  –  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 BOS 14 52 47 5 12 1 0 0 1 6 0 0 1 10 0 1 3 .255 .308 .319 .627
2014 RotoWire Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for A.J. Pierzynski
3-Year Averages MAJ   132 515 482 51 134 42 23 2 17 65 0 0 20 62 1 5 7 .278 .313 .440 .753
Career  (View All) MAJ   1777 6808 6345 734 1794 551 356 22 173 806 14 20 270 785 27 49 117 .283 .322 .428 .750

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A.J. Pierzynski Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 18 Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .255 .308 .319 .627
Apr. 17 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 16 @CWS 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 .256 .298 .326 .624
Apr. 15 @CWS 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 .297 .350 .378 .728
Apr. 13 @NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .314 .333 .400 .733
Apr. 12 @NYY 4 1 2 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .344 .344 .438 .782
Apr. 11 @NYY Did not play.
Apr. 10 @NYY 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .321 .321 .321 .642
Apr. 9 Tex 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .360 .360 .360 .720
Apr. 8 Tex 4 2 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .333 .333 .666
Apr. 7 Tex 4 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Apr. 6 Mil 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .125 .125 .125 .250
Apr. 5 Mil 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .133 .133 .133 .266
Apr. 4 Mil 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .182 .182 .182 .364
Apr. 3 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 2 @Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Mar. 31 @Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Last 7 Days 19 1 3 0 0 1 4 1 3 0 0 3 1 0 .158 .292 .316 .608
Last 14 Days 39 5 10 0 0 1 6 1 9 0 0 3 1 1 .256 .318 .333 .651
Last 30 Days 47 5 12 0 0 1 6 1 10 0 0 3 1 1 .255 .308 .319 .627

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A.J. Pierzynski: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 12
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
2013165163270.279.400.718
2012113123140.248.389.673
20118250120.305.463.808

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20133383214431.269.438.724
20123665624630.287.536.874
2011382338360.283.393.711

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20132613010351.268.433.730
20122414018470.295.589.943
2011221225170.294.434.768

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013242187350.277.417.714
2012238289300.261.412.708
2011243163310.280.379.693
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 BOS 52 47 1.9% 19.2% 0.10 79% .306 .064
2014 Projections MAJ   Subscribe now to see our 2014 projections for A.J. Pierzynski
3-Year Averages MAJ   515 482 3.9% 12% 0.32 87% .290 .162
Career MAJ   6808 6345 4% 11.5% 0.34 88% .301 .145

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2014 Stat Review for A.J. Pierzynski    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.255 AVG
WEAK
79% Contact Rate
AVERAGE
.306 BABIP
AVERAGE
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.319 SLG
TERRIBLE
.064 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.10 BB/K
TERRIBLE
1.9% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
19.2% K Rate
WEAK
OPS/OBP

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.627 OPS
TERRIBLE
.308 OBP
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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for A.J. Pierzynski (by OPS, min 14 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Erik Bedard TB 21 9 2 4 0 1 0 .429 .714 1.143
Zack Greinke LA 52 21 3 8 0 8 0 .404 .635 1.050
Matt Garza MIL 14 4 2 3 1 1 0 .286 .714 1.048
Bruce Chen KC 36 15 2 4 2 4 1 .417 .583 1.045
Ryan Dempster BOS 28 10 2 7 2 5 0 .357 .607 1.007
Nate Robertson DET 29 11 1 5 1 7 1 .379 .552 .952
Hiroki Kuroda NY-A 15 4 2 3 0 3 0 .267 .667 .933
Edwin Jackson CHI-N 24 8 2 2 0 4 0 .333 .583 .917
Trevor Cahill AZ 21 7 1 3 2 1 0 .333 .524 .899
Justin Masterson CLE 36 14 0 4 1 5 0 .389 .500 .895

Worst Matchups for A.J. Pierzynski (by OPS, min 14 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Chris Tillman BAL 15 3 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .267 .467
Jamey Wright LA 14 1 0 0 1 3 1 .071 .214 .402
Fernando Rodney SEA 14 1 0 2 2 5 1 .071 .143 .378
Ivan Nova NY-A 18 3 0 1 1 2 0 .167 .167 .367
Jerome Williams HOU 17 3 0 1 0 2 0 .176 .176 .353
David Price TB 14 2 0 0 0 2 0 .143 .143 .343
Phil Hughes MIN 18 3 0 0 0 2 0 .167 .167 .333
Glen Perkins MIN 14 1 0 2 1 2 0 .071 .143 .276
Matt Guerrier MIN 20 2 0 0 0 3 0 .100 .100 .200
Johan Santana BAL 20 2 0 0 0 5 0 .100 .100 .200

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

Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer in Saturday's loss to the Yankees.

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Pierzynski is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, according to Scott Lauber of the Boston Herald.

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Pierzynski had three hits and scored two runs in Monday night's win over Texas.

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Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup Sunday, according to WEEI.com.

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Pierzynski made his Boston debut Monday and went 1-for-4 in a 2-1 loss to Baltimore.

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Pierzynski (ankle) returned to game action in Saturday's exhibition game against Baltimore.

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Pierzynski (ankle) will sit out Wednesday and Thursday, with the hopes of a Friday return, Ian Browne of MLB.com reports. Manager John Farrell stated that "He's got a little bit of swelling in there today but this is a couple, three days maybe before he's back behind the plate."

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Pierzynski exited Monday's exhibition game after rolling his ankle, the Boston Globe reports.

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Pierzynski (ankle) caught bullpen sessions Wednesday, ESPN Boston reports.

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Pierzynski turned his ankle in drills Monday and did not catch bullpens Tuesday, Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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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.