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A.J. Pierzynski #35 - C

St. Louis

  • Age: 37
  • DOB: 1976/12/30
  • POB: Bridgehampton, NY
  • Height: 6-3 Weight: 235lbs
  • Bats/Throws: L/R
  • MLB Seasons: 16
  • Drafted by Minnesota in 1994 (3rd round).
  • Current Status: On roster
  • Performance: Pierzynski is cold (.125 in last 8AB).
GPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSEAVGOBPSLGOPS
Year to date8831124801115371247016.257.290.347.637
On Pace12644534115161753176701-.257.290.347.637

Scouting Report

AssetsIntense, smart, and focused behind the plate and at it. Makes good contact with the bat, hits with some pop, and bats well in the clutch. Guards the plate like a bodyguard.
FlawsHis trademark intensity sometimes gets the better of him. Can be run on easily. Would produce more runs and hit for even better average if he were more patient with the bat.
Career potentialSolid veteran catcher.

Honours and Awards

2012AL - Silver Slugger
2006Named to the All-Star Game
2002Named to the All-Star Game
1995Appalachian League (R) - All-Star Team

Transactions / Injuries / Suspensions

2014/07/26Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals to a one-year contract.
2014/07/16Released by the Boston Red Sox.
2014/07/09Designated for assignment by the Boston Red Sox.
2013/12/03Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox to a one-year contract.
2013/10/31Filed for free agency.
2013/05/21Missed 14 games (strained right oblique muscle).
2013/05/09Strained right oblique muscle, 15-day DL (retroactive to May 6th, 2013).
2013/05/07Right oblique muscle strain, day-to-day.
2012/12/21Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers to a one-year contract.
2012/10/29Filed for free agency.
2012/07/30Missed 5 games (strained right oblique muscle).
2012/07/24Strained right oblique muscle, day-to-day.
2011/09/02Missed 16 games (left wrist injury).
2011/08/16Left wrist injury, 15-day DL (retroactive to August 10th, 2011).
2011/08/13Left wrist injury, day-to-day.
2010/12/03Re-signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox to a two-year contract.
2010/08/09Missed 1 game (sprained left ankle).
2010/08/08Sprained left ankle, day-to-day.
2008/07/18Missed 1 game (left leg injury).
2008/07/13Left leg injury, day-to-day.
2007/09/29Signed by the Chicago White Sox to a two-year contract extension.
2007/09/05Missed 1 game (personal reasons).
2007/09/04Personal reasons, day-to-day.
2007/06/09Suspended by the MLB for 1 game.
2006/05/26Fined by the MLB.
2005/12/19Re-signed by the Chicago White Sox to a three-year contract.
2005/09/07Missed 2 games (personal reasons).
2005/09/05Personal reasons, day-to-day.
2005/01/06Signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox to a one-year contract.
2004/12/14Released by the San Francisco Giants.
2004/05/07Missed 3 games (shoulder injury).
2004/05/04Shoulder injury, day-to-day.
2004/02/18Re-signed by the San Francisco Giants to a one-year contract.
2003/11/14Acquired from the Minnesota Twins.
2003/06/30Missed 2 games (knee injury).
2003/06/28Knee injury, day-to-day.
2003/06/01Missed 1 game (ankle injury).
2003/05/31Ankle injury, day-to-day.
2003/05/06Missed 2 games (ankle injury).
2003/05/03Ankle injury, day-to-day.
2001/09/22Missed 2 games (nausea and dizziness).
2001/09/20Nausea and dizziness, day-to-day.

Trades

2014/07/26Signed as a free agent by the St. Louis Cardinals.
2013/12/03Signed as a free agent by the Boston Red Sox.
2012/12/21Signed as a free agent by the Texas Rangers.
2005/01/06Signed as a free agent by the Chicago White Sox.
2003/11/14San Francisco Giants traded Joe Nathan, Boof Bonser and Francisco Liriano to the Minnesota Twins for A.J. Pierzynski and a player to be named or cash considerations.
1994/06/02Drafted by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round (71st overall) in 1994.

Career Stats

YearTeamLeagueGPABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSEAVGOBPSLGOPS
2014St. LouisNL1655515101637012.273.310.345.655
2014BostonAL722561965101431940004.254.286.348.634
2014Total Bos/StLMLB8831124801115371247016.257.290.347.637
2013TexasAL1345034813724117701176112.272.297.425.722
2013FriscoAA2601000001000.167.167.167.334
2012Chicago WSAL1354796813318427772878006.278.326.501.827
2011Chicago WSAL129464381332918482333004.287.323.405.728
2011CharlotteAAA3102200010200-.200.273.200.473
2010Chicago WSAL12847443128290956153934-.270.300.388.688
2009Chicago WSAL1385045715122113492452115.300.331.425.756
2008Chicago WSAL134534661503111360197110-.281.312.416.728
2007Chicago WSAL1364725412424014502566112.263.309.403.712
2006Chicago WSAL1405096515024016642272103.295.333.436.769
2005Chicago WSAL1284606111821018562368021.257.308.420.728
2004San FranciscoNL1314714512828211771927011.272.319.410.729
2003MinnesotaAL1374876315235311742455316.312.360.464.824
2002MinnesotaAL130440541323166491361123.300.334.439.773
2001MinnesotaAL1143815111033275516571710.289.322.441.763
2000MinnesotaAL3388122751211514100.307.354.455.809
2000Salt LakeAAA411552252141425522113.335.354.516.870
2000New BritainAA622283668172434822006.298.341.443.784
1999MinnesotaAL92236200314000.273.333.364.697
1999Salt LakeAAA6722829591001251629007.259.307.316.623
1998MinnesotaAL71013000112000.300.385.300.685
1998Salt LakeAAA59208295372730924317.255.284.409.693
1998New BritainAA5921230631103171025022.297.333.392.725
1997Fort MyersA1184124911523196416592110.279.313.405.718
1996Fort WayneA1144314811830377022530421.274.308.406.714
1995Fort WayneA22841026512142100010.310.322.464.786
1995ElizabethtonR56205296813174514230212.332.373.507.880
1994GCL TwinsR431522144811191219028.289.337.375.712
TotalMLB18516609753186236723177837281822142149.282.320.425.745
TotalAL17046083703171933821165754259788141946.283.320.426.746
TotalNL1475265014329212832234023.272.318.403.721
TotalAAA17060182166313128130774217.276.311.398.709
TotalAA123446661322827511848028.296.335.415.750
TotalA25492710725958518148401222541.279.311.411.722
TotalR993575011221286426420420.314.358.451.809

Legend:

GP - games played
AB - at bats
R - runs
H - hits
TB - total bases
2B - doubles
3B - triples
HR - home runs
RBI - runs batted in
BB - walks or base on balls
SO - strikeouts
SB - stolen bases
CS - caught stealing
E - errors
AVG - average
OBP - on-base percentage
SLG - slugging perentage


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