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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%: 51/41 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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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.


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.