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15 A.J. Pierzynski C
Height/Weight: 6-3/210 | Birthdate: 12/30/1976 | Birthplace: Bridgehampton, NY | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Atlanta | College: No College | MLB Experience: 18 | Salary: $7,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 42/30 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Braves' A.J. Pierzynski collects three hits in loss on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/22/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski continues to carry a hot bat, as he posted a three-hit effort in Saturday's 9-7 loss to the Cubs. Pierzynski went 3 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

The veteran catcher is now batting .294 on the year, which would be his highest mark since 2009.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski hits in 13th straight


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/8/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI in Saturday's win over Miami. 

Pierzynski extended his hitting streak to 13 straight games, the second longest current streak in the National League.

Pierzynski is hitting .431 over the streak. 


A.J. Pierzynski hits in 12th straight for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(8/7/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 1 for 4 in Friday's win over Miami. 

Pierzynski drove in two runs and hit in his 12th straight game, the third longest current hitting streak in the Majors. He's hitting .426 over the streak. 


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski homers among four hits to extend streak


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(8/4/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski had a big night at the plate on Monday. The veteran backstop went 4 for 6, including a game-tying, two-run home run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Piersynski hit the homer, his seventh of the season, off Giants closer Santiago Casilla, en route to the Braves' 8-7 walk-off win in extra innings. 

This was Pierzynski's third four-hit game of the season, and he is now hitting .460 over his current nine-game hitting streak.


Report: Braves almost certainly won't trade C A.J. Pierzynski


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2015) Surprising catcher A.J. Pierzynski will be sticking around unless the Braves are overwhelmed with an offer, according to USA Today, which is claiming that he has become too valuable to the organization on and off the field. He had previously been rumored to be on the trading block.

Pierzynski seemed to be winding down his career as a backup upon his arrival in Atlanta, but he quickly wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt and has been performing well ever since. He has even batted cleanup on occasion.

He has compiled a slash line of .287/.325/.425 on the year and is currently on a six-game hitting streak.

 


Ryan Lavarnway gives A.J. Pierzynski day off for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the starting lineup for Sunday's game, getting a break after starting seven of the last eight. 

Replacing him behind the plate is Ryan Lavarnway, who gets his eighth start for the Braves. 


Ryan Lavarnway gets nod at catcher for Braves


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(7/21/2015) Reserve catcher Ryan Lavarnway will get a rare start Tuesday for the Braves, giving regular catcher A.J. Pierzynski a day off after five straight starts. 

This will be Lavarnway's seventh appearance with Atlanta since being acquired from the Orioles, and he is hitting .294 with one homer in the NL, with a five-game hitting streak to his credit. 


Ryan Lavarnway replaces A.J. Pierzynski at catcher for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/11/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski isn't in the team's starting lineup for Saturday's game. He's started 55 games behind the plate and six of the last seven. 

Ryan Lavarnway will get the call in Pierzynski's place, starting for the sixth time of the year. 


Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski to start 3 of 4 games against Rockies


by Ruben Palacios | Staff Writer
(7/9/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski will start three games against the Rockies during their four-game series, per Ajc.com.

Pierzynski will start Thursday, Friday and the series finale on Sunday.

Pierzynski is hitting out of this world as of late. He is 10 for 13 (.769) with three doubles, a home run and two RBI in his last three games.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski belts solo home run in win on Tuesday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(7/7/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a solo home run in Tuesday's 4-3 win over the Brewers. Pierzynski launched his sixth home run of the season in the fifth inning, giving the Braves a 3-1 lead at the time.

The veteran backstop has been swinging the bat well lately, batting .375 with two home runs and five RBI over his last 10 games.

"I'm just going up there trying to hit the ball, I'm not even thinking about anything else," Pierzynski said, per MLB.com. "The first at-bat, I hit a home run on a changeup. I thought it was a fastball. I don't even know what I'm doing. I'm literally just trying to get a good pitch and put a good swing on it. Whatever happens, happens."


Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski collects four hits Monday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/7/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 4 for 5 at the plate to help lead the Braves to a 5-3 win over the Brewers on Monday. Despite producing four hits, Pierzynski did not drive in or score a run during the contest.

Prior to his four-hit game Monday, Pierzynski was hitting .295 with one home run and three RBI in his last 11 games.


Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski collects two RBI Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(7/2/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit his fifth home run of the season during Wednesday's 4-1 win over the Nationals.

The two-run shot was his only hit in four at-bats during the game. Over his last eight games, Pierzynski is hitting .303 with one home run and two RBI.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski triples among three hits on Saturday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/20/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski finished a home run shy of the cycle in Saturday's 6-4 win over the Mets. The veteran backstop had three hits in four at-bats, including his 24th career triple in the second inning. He also scored three runs in the comeback victory.

"There was a lot of running around and energy expending, but it's good because we won and that's the biggest thing," Pierzynski said, per MLB.com.

Pierzynski had been hitless in his previous nine at-bats before Saturday's three-hit effort. He is batting .286 over his last eight games.


Braves C A.J. Pierzynski records 3 hits in win over Padres


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski collected three hits in Wednesday night's 4-1 win over the Padres. 

Pierzynski finished the game 3 for 4 and scored two runs. This marked the third time this year he's recorded at least three hits in one game. All three of hits went for singles. This performance puts Pierzynski hitting .368 over his past five games. 

For the year, Pierzynski is hitting .276/.315/.425. 


Braves C A.J. Pierzynski belts pinch-hit HR in loss to D-Backs


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(6/3/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski launched a pinch-hit home run in Wednesday's loss to Arizona.

Pierzynski took reliever Brad Ziegler deep for a solo home run with two outs in the ninth inning. He is hitting .267 with four homers, 20 RBI and a .313 on-base percentage in 32 games this season.


Juan Uribe starting, batting fifth in Braves lineup Wednesday


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) The newest Braves acquisition, Juan Uribe, will start at third base and bat fifth Wednesday night against his former team, the Dodgers. 

The Dodgers traded Uribe to Atlanta for Alberto Callaspo on Tuesday. 

Left fielder Johnny Gomes will hit seventh and Andrelton Simmons will bat eighth. 

The only other change from Tuesday is that A.J. Pierzynski will start at catcher for Christian Bethancourt. Pierzynski is hitting sixth. 


Braves inquiry about Jonathan Lucroy rebuffed by Brewers


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(5/22/2015) With catcher Christian Bethancourt having a poor start to the season, the Braves inquired about Brewers starting catcher Jonathan Lucroy, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. However, the Braves were told he was unavailable.

Bethancourt began the season as the Braves starting catcher, but he was quickly replaced by veteran A.J. Pierzynski after he struggled at and behind the plate.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Todd Cunningham out of lineup Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/21/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and left fielder Todd Cunningham are getting a rest and are being held out of the lineup on Thursday against the Brewers. 

Pierzynski had been behind the plate each of the last four games, but has struggled with the bat. He's hitting .185 (5 for 27) over his last seven games. He'll cede Thursday's start to rookie Christian Bethancourt.

Cunningham has been on a tear since being called up last week. In his first five games this season, the 26-year-old rookie is 9 for 19 with a pair of doubles. Nevertheless, he'll sit on Thursday with Jonny Gomes making the start in left while batting fifth.


Braves' Alberto Callaspo, Cameron Maybin starting on Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/13/2015) Braves catcher Alberto Callaspo and center fielder Cameron Maybin are in the starting lineup on Wednesday, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

Callaspo will replace A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate while Maybin takes Eric Young's place. Callaspo is hitting .218 with seven RBI in 87 at-bats this season while Maybin is hitting .225 with 12 RBI in 71 at-bats. The Braves are currently the underdogs (+115) against Cincinnati.


Braves sign veteran catcher Wil Nieves to minors deal


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/13/2015) The Braves have reportedly signed veteran catcher Wil Nieves  to a minor league contract, according to MLB.com. Nieves elected free agency after he was designated for assignment by the Padres earlier this month. He had one hit (a home run) in 13 at-bats before being let go.

Nieves will provide the Braves with catching depth. Currently, veteran A.J. Pierzynski and rookie Christian Bethancourt have been sharing time behind the plate for manager Fredi Gonzalez. The two have combined to hit .254 with three home runs so far, with Bethancourt really struggling offensively (he has just nine hits in 52 at-bats). 


Braves push C A.J. Pierzynski back to sixth in Monday lineup


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/11/2015) Slumping Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is set to bat sixth Monday night in Cincinnati. He had been batting cleanup before his recent struggles at the plate.

Pierzynski, who sat Saturday and Sunday behind Christian Bethancourt, has just one hit in his last 16 at-bats. His average has fallen from .439 to .323 over the last six games.


Kelly Johnson, Christian Bethancourt get starts for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(5/9/2015) Jonny Gomes and A.J. Pierzynski aren't in the Braves' starting lineup for Saturday's game against Washington.

Kelly Johnson gets the start in left field in place of Gomes. It's Johnson's 13th start of the year in left, one shy of Gomes' total, but it's just the second time in the last six games that Johnson has started there.

Johnson will bat cleanup.

Christian Bethancourt gets the start behind the plate in place of Pierzynski. It's his 13th start of the year at catcher. He'll bat seventh. 


Braves' Johnson moves to cleanup spot with Pierzynski resting


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(5/6/2015) With A.J. Pierzynski given a breather, the Braves moved Kelly Johnson to the cleanup for Thursday's contest against the Phillies. It's the fourth time this season and the first time since
Sunday the Braves have Johnson batting fourth.

Johnson is hitting .266 (17 for 64) with two doubles, six homers and 17 RBI in 22 games. Pierzynski is hitting .344 (21 for 61) with three doubles, three homers and 14 RBI in 16 games. 

Atlanta is favored (-132) at home against Philadelphia.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Reds.

The Reds are sending a tough righty to the mound in the form of Johnny Cueto, but the Braves will allow lefty-swinging Pierzynski, who has hit .377/.400/.604 in 53 at-bats and is the only Atlanta player with an OPS north of .850, a day of rest. Christian Bethancourt will draw the start behind the plate and bat seventh.

The Braves are home underdogs (+134) Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Braves' Pierzynski gets day off Thursday vs. Reds


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(4/30/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski was given a day off on Thursday, after catching the previous three games. Pierzynski has been hot at the plate lately, batting .455 (10 for 22) with nine RBI in his last six games.

Christian Bethancourt got the start behind the dish for the Braves, and left fielder Kelly Johnson was inserted into the cleanup spot in the lineup against the Reds on Thursday, the team announced.