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A.J. Pierzynski
Birthdate: 12/30/1976 (40 y, 2 m, 23 d)     Bats/Throws: L/R     Height/Weight: 6-4/240     Position: C
Drafted: 1994 June Amateur Draft - Round: 3, Pick: 8, Overall: 71, Team: Minnesota Twins
Contract: $3M / 1 Years (2016)
RotoWire News: Pierzynski (hamstring) was transferred to the 60-day DL on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. (9/17/2016)
Injury: Hamstring, Day-to-Day
Profiles:  2010  2011  2012  2013  2014  2015  2016  2017  (Click Year to Expand / Close)
Profile: Pierzynski signed with the Braves in 2015 with the intention of being their backup catcher behind Christian Bethancourt, but the veteran took over the job and ended up hitting .300 for the first time since ‘09. He re-signed with Atlanta last offseason, but things did not go as well the second time around. Pierzynski hit just .219/.243/.304 in 81 games last year, notching two home runs and landing on the disabled list twice. Although the veteran kept his strikeout rate in check at 11.2%, his already low walk rate became even more troublesome, as he managed just six free passes in 259 trips to the plate. The 40-year-old is a free agent and unlikely to find a starting job anywhere at this point in his career. Even if Pierzynski finds himself a role as a backup or mentor, the best any prospective fantasy owner can hope for is a fluky decent average with minimal pop behind it. With that in mind, he can be left on the waiver wire in the vast majority of fantasy formats. (Dylan Higgins)

The Quick Opinion: Pierzynski impressed with a decent bounceback year in 2015 at age 38, but ‘16 did not go as well. Now 40 years old and looking for a role, the veteran backstop’s fantasy value is likely very limited going forward.

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SeasonBatting 5thGABPAH1B2B3BHRRRBIBBIBBSOHBPSFSHGDPSBCSAVG
2002Batting 5th1551100010001000000.200
2003Batting 5th13515312750052219000200.235
2004Batting 5th2710211119152118105110301700.186
2005Batting 5th39149166452990718189021701201.302
2006Batting 5th2496106352730512204219501000.365
2007Batting 5th65249269634513052623122425211010.253
2008Batting 5th627296510022203000000.222
2009Batting 5th2385882719503118217010500.318
2010Batting 5th832344210124101010000.125
2011Batting 5th2510210837269021113306210800.363
2012Batting 5th38152161483361822317114110300.316
2013Batting 5th92368385966616014325771535501110.261
2014Batting 5th124143141210113213000200.341
2015Batting 5th237985342380357406200201.430
2016Batting 5th15596212930074207010210.203
TotalBatting 5th41115971705453319822501632026210202301245432.284

SeasonBatting 5thBB%K%BB/KAVGOBPSLGOPSISOBABIPwRCwRAAwOBAwRC+
2002Batting 5th0.0 %20.0 %0.00.200.200.200.400.000.2500-0.6.178-3
2003Batting 5th3.8 %17.0 %0.22.235.264.333.597.098.2863-3.3.25448
2004Batting 5th4.5 %9.0 %0.50.186.245.255.500.069.1984-10.0.22428
2005Batting 5th5.4 %12.7 %0.43.302.370.503.873.201.314277.4.380132
2006Batting 5th3.8 %17.9 %0.21.365.419.552.971.188.417217.5.415148
2007Batting 5th4.5 %15.6 %0.29.253.299.365.664.112.28424-9.0.29169
2008Batting 5th6.9 %10.3 %0.67.222.276.259.535.037.2502-2.0.24739
2009Batting 5th2.3 %8.0 %0.29.318.330.482.812.165.316121.2.346104
2010Batting 5th2.9 %2.9 %1.00.125.147.250.397.125.0970-4.1.172-8
2011Batting 5th2.8 %5.6 %0.50.363.389.510.899.147.368196.5.392144
2012Batting 5th4.3 %8.7 %0.50.316.348.526.874.211.305267.5.373134
2013Batting 5th1.8 %13.8 %0.13.261.281.418.699.158.26839-3.4.30283
2014Batting 5th4.7 %7.0 %0.67.341.372.439.811.098.35161.4.353122
2015Batting 5th4.7 %7.1 %0.67.430.471.6461.116.215.4432111.2.479210
2016Batting 5th3.2 %11.3 %0.29.203.226.254.480.051.2262-5.5.21024
TotalBatting 5th3.6 %11.8 %0.31.284.320.431.752.148.2972044.8.32697

SeasonBatting 5thGB/FBLD%GB%FB%IFFB%HR/FBIFH%BUH%Pull%Cent%Oppo%Soft%Med%Hard%PitchesBallsStrikes
2002Batting 5th3.000.0 %75.0 %25.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %25.0 %50.0 %25.0 %25.0 %75.0 %0.0 %1129
2003Batting 5th2.6331.0 %50.0 %19.0 %12.5 %0.0 %4.8 %0.0 %52.4 %23.8 %23.8 %9.5 %73.8 %16.7 %19160131
2004Batting 5th1.4021.7 %45.7 %32.6 %13.3 %3.3 %0.0 %0.0 %38.7 %29.0 %32.3 %16.1 %59.1 %24.7 %365121244
2005Batting 5th1.3328.3 %40.9 %30.7 %7.7 %17.9 %3.8 %50.0 %42.6 %30.2 %27.1 %18.6 %51.9 %29.5 %583183400
2006Batting 5th1.0829.9 %36.4 %33.8 %19.2 %19.2 %3.6 %0.0 %47.4 %28.2 %24.4 %12.8 %52.6 %34.6 %355121234
2007Batting 5th1.4414.4 %50.5 %35.1 %9.6 %6.8 %1.0 %50.0 %44.3 %30.0 %25.7 %20.5 %50.5 %29.1 %916283633
2008Batting 5th0.4012.5 %25.0 %62.5 %6.7 %0.0 %0.0 %0.0 %29.2 %41.7 %29.2 %29.2 %58.3 %12.5 %1123775
2009Batting 5th1.6124.1 %46.8 %29.1 %0.0 %13.0 %2.7 %0.0 %31.7 %31.7 %36.7 %11.4 %64.6 %24.1 %28887201
2010Batting 5th1.649.4 %56.3 %34.4 %9.1 %9.1 %0.0 %0.0 %50.0 %25.0 %25.0 %21.9 %53.1 %25.0 %982870
2011Batting 5th2.8021.6 %57.7 %20.6 %10.0 %10.0 %1.8 %0.0 %39.2 %36.1 %24.7 %21.7 %51.6 %26.8 %365108257
2012Batting 5th1.3323.0 %43.9 %33.1 %10.9 %17.4 %4.9 %0.0 %43.2 %30.9 %25.9 %20.1 %56.8 %23.0 %521177344
2013Batting 5th1.2920.0 %45.0 %35.0 %6.3 %12.5 %1.4 %0.0 %38.8 %35.3 %25.9 %22.5 %47.5 %30.0 %1246362884
2014Batting 5th1.7318.9 %51.4 %29.7 %45.5 %9.1 %5.3 %0.0 %50.0 %29.0 %21.1 %29.0 %50.0 %21.1 %14341102
2015Batting 5th1.8023.3 %49.3 %27.4 %5.0 %15.0 %5.6 %0.0 %42.5 %30.1 %27.4 %13.7 %60.3 %26.0 %26186175
2016Batting 5th1.1913.2 %47.2 %39.6 %4.8 %0.0 %8.0 %0.0 %35.9 %47.2 %17.0 %18.9 %52.8 %28.3 %20363140
TotalBatting 5th1.4321.0 %46.5 %32.5 %9.4 %11.0 %2.6 %28.6 %41.3 %32.3 %26.4 %19.3 %53.7 %27.1 %565817593899