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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%: 72/67 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


A.J. Pierzynski drives in four for Braves


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 4 for 4 in Tuesday's wild 13-12 loss to Washington. 

Pierzynski doubled and drove in four runs in the loss. He improved his average to .439 and recorded his third double and 12th RBI. 


Hot-hitting Braves C A.J. Pierzynski in cleanup spot Monday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Surprising veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski, who has wrested the starting job away from Christian Bethancourt, is batting cleanup Monday for the Braves against Washington for the second time in the last three games.

Pierzynski has hit safely in all nine games he's played this season and boasts a slash line of .382/.432/.706 with three home runs in 34 at-bats.


Braves turning more often to hot-hitting C Pierzynski at starter


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2015) Veteran A.J. Pierzynski is not supposed to be the starting catcher for the Braves. But maybe he is. Sort of.

The ambiguity is coming from Pierzynski himself, who seems to be wresting the job away from Christian Bethancourt. The former not only played Wednesday night, but also in an afternoon game Thursday.

Pierzynski has simply outperformed Bethancourt at the plate. His three-hit game Wednesday raised his average to .391 with three home runs, five RBI and an .826 slugging percentage. He's on a six-game hitting streak and is one start on the year behind Bethancourt, who was the declared starter before the season began.

"He's swinging it," Fredi Gonzalez told the Atlanta Journal Constitution. "...He's not your normal prototypical catcher-backup guy that'll only catch 20, 30 games a year."


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski slugs three HRs in first two weeks


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/20/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski has seen limited action over the first two weeks but has shined offensively, going 6 for 20 with three home runs and five RBI.

The Braves played Pierzynski just once in the team's first five games but he saw much more action in the second week of the season. He's started four times during a six-game stretch and has yet to go hitless in any of his five appearances. With Christian Bethancourt struggling at the plate, it's possible the two catches will continue to share time close to equally moving forward.


Braves' Christian Bethancourt not in lineup Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/12/2015) Braves catcher Christian Bethancourt is not in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

Bethancourt is 3 for 15 with one walk, two doubles and two RBI in four games this season. The Braves will use A.J. Pierzynski behind the plate Sunday. Pierzynski, who is 1 for 2 with a walk and a home run, will bat fifth.

The Braves are favorites (-118) against the Mets Sunday, per VegasInsider.com.


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski homers, drives in two in victory


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski homered off of pitcher Tom Koehler in the seventh inning of a 2-0 win over the Marlins. Pierzynski's home run produced the only runs scored in the game on Wednesday. 

''To come in here and play against a team people are expecting big things out of, and to play the way we did, hopefully it carries over,'' Pierzynski said.

''For my first hit as a Brave to be a home run is pretty cool,'' Pierzynski said. ''But more important is the way we pitched tonight. Our guys were lights out from Shelby all the way to Grilli. That was the biggest thing. I'm so proud the way we pitched, not only tonight but the whole series. We did a really good job containing them, making big pitches in big situations.''


Braves' A.J. Pierzynski, Cameron Maybin to make first starts of the year


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/8/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski and center fielder Cameron Maybin will make their first starts of 2015 Wednesday against the Marlins, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Pierzynski gets the nod over Christian Bethancourt, who started the first two games of the year. Pierzynski hit .375 with one RBI in eight at-bats against Miami in 2014.

Maybin draws the start over Eric Young. Maybin is hitting .361 with four doubles and seven RBI in 66 career plate appearances against the Marlins.


Braves to start Maybin, Gomes, Pierzynski Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/7/2015) Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez plans to start center fielder Cameron Maybin, left fielder Jonny Gomes and catcher A.J. Pierzynski Wednesday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

The Marlins are opening the season with three righties on the mound, limiting Gonzalez's options in building his lineup. However, all three players are set to play Wednesday, and Maybin and Gomes could be back in the lineup Friday, with the team set to face lefty Jon Niese.


Braves A.J. Pierzynski catches all nine innings, drives in two runs


by Dave Peters | CBSSports.com
(3/31/2015) Braves catcher A.J. Pierzynski caught all nine innings on Tuesday for the club, reports MLB.com.

Pierzynski went 2 for 5 from the plate, adding two RBI. For the spring, the 38-year-old is batting .344 on 11 hits with one double and one strikeout.


Braves announce signings of Grilli, Outman, Pierzynski


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/7/2015) The Braves officially announced the signings of reliever Jason Grilli, reliever Josh Outman and catcher A.J. Pierzynski on Wednesday.

The 38-year-old Grilli spent the 2014 season with the Pirates and Angels. He went 1-5 with a 4.00 ERA and 12 saves.

The 30-year-old Outman spent time with the Indians and Yankees last season, going 4-0 with a 2.86 ERA in 40 relief outings.

The 38-year-old Pierzynski played for the Red Sox and Cardinals in '14, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.


Braves, A.J. Pierzynski agree to deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(12/24/2014) The Braves have agreed to a deal with catcher A.J. Pierzynski, CBSSports.com baseball insider Jon Heyman reports. Pierzynski's deal is expected to be for about $2 million, but it won't be finalized until January.

Pierzynski will fill a veteran presence to complement young catcher Christian Bethancourt, and the agreement also means the Braves are serious about moving forward with Evan Gattis in left field full-time, according to Eye On Baseball.

Pierzynski hit .251/.288/.337 in 338 at-bats between Boston and St. Louis in 2014. However, he managed to smack a combined 44 home runs over his previous two seasons.


Report: Braves have talked with A.J. Pierzynski about backup role


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(11/24/2014) The Braves have talked to free agent A.J. Pierzynski about serving as their backup catcher, according to MLB.com. Pierzynski spent the 2014 season with Boston and St. Louis, batting .251 with five home runs and 37 RBI in 102 games.

A.J. Pierzynski starts in place of Yadier Molina in Game 3 of NLCS


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/14/2014) As expected, Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina was not in the starting lineup for Game 3 of the NLCS against the Giants due to an oblique injury. A.J. Pierzynski started at catcher Tuesday for the Cardinals.

Cardinals C A.J. Pierzynski added to roster for NLCS


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/10/2014) Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has been added to the Cardinals roster for their National League Championship Series against San Francisco. He will replace reliever Sam Freeman and serve as the third catcher.

Mike Matheny explained that he wanted another experienced bat available. Pierzynski also brings a bat that has hit well in the postseason. He owns a .300/.372/.520 stat line with 17 RBI in 30 career postseason games.

Pierzynski will most likely be used as primarily a pinch-hitter.


A.J. Pierzynski likely staying with Cardinals


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(8/29/2014) The return of Yadier Molina from a thumb injury is unlikely to force the Cardinals to part ways with his replacement, A.J. Pierzynski, reports FOXSports.com.

The Cardinals are expected to work Molina back in slowly when he makes his expected return to the lineup Friday, which should still leave time for Pierzynski to play. The fact that rosters expand in a few days should help Pierzynski's chances, since the team will be able to carry three catchers.

Pierzynski has appeared in 21 games since joining the Cardinals, hitting .265/.324/.338 in 68 at-bats. 


A.J. Pierzynski blasts off for first time in 11 weeks


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(8/9/2014) Catcher A.J. Pierzynski provided the only beacon of light in a night of darkness for the Cardinals in Baltimore on Friday night.

The veteran cranked out a two-run homer in the seventh inning, his first blast since May 24, to kill the shutout hopes for Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman. He is 10 for 32 since arriving in St. Louis.


A.J. Pierzynski steps right into Cardinals' lineup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) Cardinals catcher A.J. Pierzynski is in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Cubs, just hours after his signing was made official. Pierzynski is batting sixth and starting behind the plate for his first game.

Cardinals add A.J. Pierzynski to active roster


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/26/2014) The Cardinals added catcher A.J. Pierzynski to the active roster Saturday, after signing him to a deal Friday.

Pierzynsky was cut by the Red Sox earlier in July, after hitting .254/.286/.348 with four home runs in 72 games.  


Cardinals working on signing A.J. Pierzynski


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(7/25/2014) The Cardinals are working on finalizing a deal with free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Pierzynski parted ways with the Red Sox in July. He is expected to be in St. Louis Saturday, per FOX Sports. He hit 254/.286/.348 with four home runs in 72 games.

Red Sox release A.J. Pierzynski


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(7/16/2014) The Red Sox released catcher A.J. Pierzynski after designating him for assignment last week. The team was unable to trade the 37-year-old, who hit .254 with four homers in 72 games.

Report: Red Sox to DFA A.J. Pierzynski


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(7/9/2014) The Red Sox are designating catcher A.J. Pierzynski for assignment Wednesday, according to FOXSports.com.

Pierzynski has struggled since signing a one year, $8.25 million deal with the Red Sox last offseason. Through 72 games, he is hitting just .254/.286/.348 , with four home runs. The Red Sox have 10 days to decide whether to trade, release or outright Pierzynski to the minors. 


A.J. Pierzynski taking seat Saturday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2014) Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski owns a .333 lifetime batting average against Saturday starter Max Scherzer, but will not get a chance to improve it. He has been given the night off against Detroit in favor of David Ross. Ross has been used as the personal catcher for Boston starter Jon Lester.

Pierzynski has followed a hot streak with a cold one. He is 2 for 14 after slamming 18 hits in his previous 10 games.


Hitters to start in Week 11


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/7/2014) If you need a sleeper for Fantasy Week 11 (June 9-15), A.J. Pierzynski, Adam Lind, Tommy La Stella , Lonnie Chisenhall, Alcides Escobar and Josh Willingham are just a few of the worthy candidates.

You can read about them in the latest Start and Sit Hitters.