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2014 Avg.
.297
 
Career Avg.
.283
Name  A.J. Pierzynski
Born  12/30/1976
Height  6-3
Weight  225
Number  40
Position  C
Bats  L
Throws  R
4/8/2014 10:25:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski has put together back-to-back three-hit games.
Insight: The Red Sox as a whole have had a great series offensively (.389 AVG, 11 RBI), yet it's tied 1-1 heading into Wednesday night's rubber match. Pierzynski (.333, 0 HR, 2 RBI) had just two hits all season prior to this series.
 
4/7/2014 10:43:00 PM
Description: Red Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski drilled three hits Monday against Texas.
Insight: He only had two hits combined in his first five games. All five of Pierzynski's hits this season have been singles.
 
3/31/2014 12:30:00 PM
Description: Boston catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 1-for-10 in his career versus O's starter Chris Tillman.
Insight: Pierzynski (.283 lifetime average) is one of the better hitting catchers in baseball but we're not expecting much from him Monday with Tillman (16-7, 3.71 ERA in 2013) throwing for Baltimore.
 
12/3/2013 8:05:00 PM
Description: Veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski has agreed to a one-year, $8.25 million deal with Boston. SOURCE: Buster Olney, ESPN
Insight: It's a nice haul for the soon-to-be 37-year-old. Pierzynski could be a liability defensively but he rarely gets injured and his .283 lifetime batting average is extremely impressive for a player at his position. The Pierzynski signing marks the end of the Jarrod Saltalamacchia Era in Boston.
 
11/10/2013 3:15:00 PM
Description: According to WEEI's Rob Bradford, the Red Sox have checked in on free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski.
Insight: The veteran had a strong year for Texas in 2013 (.272, 17 HR, 70 RBI in 134 games). Pierzynski would be an upgrade over Jarrod Saltalamacchia, a below average defensive catcher who strikes out at an extremely high rate.
 
9/26/2013 9:27:00 AM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski is just 1-for-15 (.067) in his career against Angels pitcher Jerome Williams.
Insight: Pierzynski hasn't been as good as he was during a career year in 2012, but with 17 homers and 66 RBI in 129 games he hasn't regressed to his 2010-2011 season averages of eight homers and 52 RBI either. He should be benched Thursday with Williams on the hill, however.
 
8/28/2013 2:46:00 PM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Wednesday afternoon's starting lineup versus Seattle.
Insight: Simply the typical day game off after a night game that many catchers receive. As long as fantasy owners didn't expect him to repeat his 2012 numbers they are probably getting their money's worth of production (.279, 15 HR, 56 RBI). Geovany Soto will start behind the plate.
 
8/21/2013 11:18:00 AM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 9-for-19 (.474) with a pair of homers and a 1.263 OPS against Houston starter Erik Bedard.
Insight: Pierzynski is having a solid season, though it pales a bit compared to last season's "career year." As long as fantasy owners didn't expect him to repeat his 2012 numbers they are probably getting their money's worth of production (.282, 14 HR, 52 RBI). Start him on Wednesday.
 
8/12/2013 3:55:00 PM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski was ejected from Monday's game against Houston for arguing with home plate umpire Ron Kulpa in the sixth inning.
Insight: Kulpa called a ball on a close pitch that ended up costing Yu Darvish a perfect game. Pierzynski said something to Kulpa after the pitch and was thrown out immediately. Geovany Soto has come on to take Pierzynski's place. The no-hitter is still in tact going into the seventh inning.
 
8/11/2013 2:11:00 PM
Description: Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski received a routine day off Sunday.
Insight: Pierzynski, who hit his 13th homer Saturday, got a standard off day for a day game following a night game.
 
8/11/2013 9:30:00 AM
Description: Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski swatted home run No. 13 Saturday night against the Astros.
Insight: Pierzynski isn't going to reach last year's fluky 27 home runs, but he's providing numbers close to his average season from 2003-11.
 
8/9/2013 10:42:00 AM
Description: Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is 7-for-16 (.438) with a pair of homers and a 1.250 OPS against Houston left-hander Erik Bedard.
Insight: Pierzynski doesn't usually hit left-handers all that well with a career .260 batting average and a .674 OPS, so this matchup goes contrary to his overall numbers.
 
8/5/2013 11:49:00 AM
Description: Don't be surprised if Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski gets Monday off as he's just 1-for-12 against Angels right-hander Jerome Williams.
Insight: Pierzynski hasn't been anywhere close to the power producer he was last year when he hit 27 homers, but then again he was never close to that total the rest of his career either. He has 12 long balls, 43 RBI and a .277 average this season, his first with the Rangers. Backup catcher Geovany Soto isn't much better against Williams, however, with one hit in five at-bats.
 
8/3/2013 3:00:00 PM
Description: Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski is not in Saturday afternoon's starting lineup, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. Geovany Soto will be behind the plate.
Insight: Pierzynski hasn't been anywhere close to the power producer he was last year when he hit 27 homers, but then again he was never close to that total the rest of his career either. He has 12 long balls, 43 RBI and a .282 average this season, his first with the Rangers.
 
8/1/2013 10:17:00 PM
Description: Rangers catcher A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBI Thursday versus Arizona. He also stole his first base since 2010.
Insight: Pierzynski hasn't been anywhere close to the power producer he was last year when he hit 27 homers, but then again he was never close to that total the rest of his career either. He has 12 bombs, 40 RBI and a .279 average this season, his first with the Rangers.
 
7/27/2013 9:40:00 AM
Description: Rangers backstop A.J. Pierzynski owns a .424 lifetime average against Cleveland's Justin Masterson.
Insight: Pierzynski has 14 hits in 33 at-bats off Masterson, so even though he is hitting .256 with a .682 OPS in July he should be in fantasy lineups Saturday.
 
7/22/2013 9:48:00 AM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski is just 1-for-12 (.083) against Yankees starter Ivan Nova.
Insight: Pierzynski is hitting .281 with nine homers and 34 RBI this season, nice enough numbers, though his power is down from last season's "career year" when he blasted 27 round trippers. Avoid this matchup.
 
7/12/2013 10:08:00 AM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski is just 2-for-19 (.105) against Tigers starter Doug Fister.
Insight: Pierzynski is hitting .277 with eight homers and 31 RBI this season, nice enough numbers, though his power is down from last season's "career year" when he blasted 27 round trippers. Avoid this matchup.
 
7/7/2013 9:34:00 PM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski hit a three-run homer in the first inning Sunday against Houston.
Insight: He came in with strong numbers against Astros starter Erik Bedard and he added to them quickly. Pierzynski was just 2-for-25 (.080) in his previous eight games, however, and is hitting .274 with eight homers and 29 RBI this season.
 
7/7/2013 11:44:00 AM
Description: Texas catcher A.J. Pierzynski must be licking his chops knowing he'll be going up against Erik Bedard on Sunday.
Insight: He's dominated the Astros lefthander throughout his career (.462 AVG in 13 at bats). Bedard has a 2.16 ERA in 8 1/3 innings against the Rangers this season.
 

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