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Portrait of A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski CWhite Sox

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
22 7813 .280 .319 .420 93 24.1
Birth Date12-30-1976
Height6' 3"
Weight250 lbs
Age42 years, 9 months, 19 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
1998 MIN 21 7 13 3 0 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 .300 .385 .300 86 -0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN 22 9 24 6 2 0 0 1 4 1 0 0 .273 .333 .364 70 -0.8 0.6 -0.2 0.1
2000 MIN 23 33 96 27 5 1 2 5 14 2 1 0 .307 .354 .455 79 -2.1 0.4 -0.1 0.3
2001 MIN 24 114 405 110 33 2 7 16 57 4 1 7 .289 .322 .441 84 -6.5 2.1 3.6 1.8
2002 MIN 25 130 469 132 31 6 6 13 61 11 1 2 .300 .334 .439 78 -10.5 -1.1 12.3 2.2
2003 MIN 26 137 533 152 35 3 11 24 55 15 3 1 .312 .360 .464 103 3.6 0.8 18.0 4.6
2004 SFN 27 131 510 128 28 2 11 19 27 15 0 1 .272 .319 .410 81 -11.1 -4.3 -6.0 0.3
2005 CHA 28 128 497 118 21 0 18 23 68 12 0 2 .257 .308 .420 94 -3.1 0.5 -2.0 1.8
2006 CHA 29 140 543 150 24 0 16 22 72 8 1 0 .295 .333 .436 95 -0.8 -4.2 -11.6 0.9
2007 CHA 30 136 509 124 24 0 14 25 66 8 1 1 .263 .309 .403 85 -7.4 -2.6 -6.1 0.8
2008 CHA 31 134 570 150 31 1 13 19 71 8 1 0 .281 .312 .416 90 -5.3 -2.1 -3.4 1.6
2009 CHA 32 138 535 151 22 1 13 24 52 1 1 1 .300 .331 .425 99 1.2 -3.2 -0.8 2.2
2010 CHA 33 128 503 128 29 0 9 15 39 6 3 4 .270 .300 .388 85 -7.8 -0.8 -2.4 1.2
2011 CHA 34 129 500 133 29 1 8 23 33 5 0 0 .287 .323 .405 97 -1.2 -2.7 6.0 2.4
2012 CHA 35 135 520 133 18 4 27 28 78 8 0 0 .278 .326 .501 117 10.4 -3.1 -7.3 2.3
2013 TEX 36 134 529 137 24 1 17 11 76 9 1 1 .272 .297 .425 104 3.3 -2.8 -7.2 1.5
2014 BOS 37 72 274 65 10 1 4 9 40 4 0 0 .254 .286 .348 83 -4.9 -2.0 -4.7 -0.1
2014 SLN 37 30 88 20 2 0 1 5 14 1 0 1 .244 .295 .305 83 -1.6 -1.0 -2.5 -0.2
2015 ATL 38 113 436 122 24 1 9 19 37 7 0 2 .300 .339 .430 105 4.0 -2.4 -8.4 1.3
2016 ATL 39 81 259 54 15 0 2 6 29 3 1 0 .219 .243 .304 65 -10.2 -1.0 -8.8 -0.9
Career205978132043407241883088951291523.280.319.42093-51.2-29.0-31.724.1

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
1995 FTW A MDW 22 87 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 ELZ Rk APL 56 220 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FTW A MDW 114 461 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 FTM A+ FSL 0 434 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 MIN MLB AL 7 13 .271 .343 .413 .333 99 0.2 0.4 0.2 86 12 0.0 0.0 -0.2 0.0
1998 NBR AA EAS 0 224 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SLC AAA PCL 0 217 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN MLB AL 9 24 .291 .355 .465 .333 98 1.3 0.7 0.5 70 13 -0.2 0.6 -0.8 0.1
1999 SLC AAA PCL 0 244 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIN MLB AL 33 96 .271 .338 .432 .342 85 4.4 3.0 1.8 79 13 -0.1 0.4 -2.1 0.3
2000 NBR AA EAS 0 245 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLC AAA PCL 0 161 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MIN MLB AL 114 405 .266 .332 .424 .322 101 -3.1 12.1 7 84 8 3.6 2.1 -6.5 1.8
2002 MIN MLB AL 130 469 .267 .332 .430 .335 96 5.4 13.5 8 78 11 12.3 -1.1 -10.5 2.2
2003 MIN MLB AL 137 533 .266 .330 .424 .331 100 15.6 14.5 9.4 103 11 18.0 0.8 3.6 4.6
2004 SFN MLB NL 131 510 .265 .333 .427 .268 100 -12.6 15.2 9 81 11 -6.0 -4.3 -11.1 0.3
2005 CHA MLB AL 128 497 .265 .324 .419 .267 103 -4.1 14.3 8.6 94 8 -2.0 0.5 -3.1 1.8
2006 CHA MLB AL 140 543 .276 .337 .442 .318 111 -8.8 16.4 9.7 95 8 -11.6 -4.2 -0.8 0.9
2007 CHA MLB AL 136 509 .267 .331 .414 .278 102 -11.9 15.1 8.9 85 9 -6.1 -2.6 -7.4 0.8
2008 CHA MLB AL 134 570 .264 .330 .414 .300 104 -9.3 16.5 9.9 90 10 -3.4 -2.1 -5.3 1.6
2009 CHA MLB AL 138 535 .263 .330 .420 .312 106 -4.4 15.4 9 99 9 -0.8 -3.2 1.2 2.2
2010 CHA MLB AL 128 503 .260 .324 .407 .278 112 -18.6 13.9 8.3 85 9 -2.4 -0.8 -7.8 1.2
2011 CHA MLB AL 129 500 .260 .321 .408 .291 105 -6.1 13.5 7.1 97 7 6.0 -2.7 -1.2 2.4
2011 CHR AAA INT 3 11 .268 .342 .390 .250 93 -1.2 0.3 0.1 57 0 0.2 0.0 -0.5 0.0
2012 CHA MLB AL 135 520 .259 .322 .415 .280 105 10.3 14.2 7.8 117 8 -7.3 -3.1 10.4 2.3
2013 TEX MLB AL 134 529 .255 .317 .398 .288 101 0.8 13.9 6.7 104 8 -7.2 -2.8 3.3 1.5
2013 FRI AA TEX 2 6 .263 .299 .365 .200 100 -0.9 0.2 0 44 0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1
2014 BOS MLB AL 72 274 .255 .319 .394 .282 101 -6.5 7.1 3.5 83 9 -4.7 -2.0 -4.9 -0.1
2014 SLN MLB NL 30 88 .236 .299 .354 .284 100 -3.1 2.3 1.2 83 9 -2.5 -1.0 -1.6 -0.2
2015 ATL MLB NL 113 436 .256 .313 .400 .310 92 9.9 11.8 6.9 105 11 -8.4 -2.4 4.0 1.3
2016 ATL MLB NL 81 259 .254 .318 .409 .237 90 -17.4 7.3 4.1 65 8 -8.8 -1.0 -10.2 -0.9
2016 BRA Rk GCL 3 11 .237 .321 .307 .571 96 1.8 0.3 -0.1 142 0 0.0 0.8 0.0 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
1995 FTW A MDW 87 84 10 26 5 1 2 39 14 2 10 0 0 .310 .326 .464 .155 0 0
1995 ELZ Rk APL 220 205 29 68 13 1 7 104 45 14 23 0 2 .332 .374 .507 .176 0 0
1996 FTW A MDW 461 431 48 118 30 3 7 175 70 22 53 0 4 .274 .312 .406 .132 0 0
1997 FTM A+ FSL 434 412 49 115 23 1 9 167 64 16 59 2 1 .279 .316 .405 .126 0 0
1998 MIN MLB AL 13 10 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 0 0 .300 .385 .300 .000 1 0
1998 SLC AAA PCL 217 208 29 53 7 2 7 85 30 9 24 3 1 .255 .286 .409 .154 0 0
1998 NBR AA EAS 224 212 30 63 11 0 3 83 17 10 25 0 2 .297 .335 .392 .094 0 0
1999 MIN MLB AL 24 22 3 6 2 0 0 8 3 1 4 0 0 .273 .333 .364 .091 0 0
1999 SLC AAA PCL 244 228 29 59 10 0 1 72 25 16 29 0 0 .259 .307 .316 .057 0 0
2000 NBR AA EAS 245 228 36 68 17 2 4 101 34 8 22 0 0 .298 .347 .443 .145 0 0
2000 SLC AAA PCL 161 155 22 52 14 1 4 80 25 5 22 1 1 .335 .360 .516 .181 0 0
2000 MIN MLB AL 96 88 12 27 5 1 2 40 11 5 14 1 0 .307 .354 .455 .148 1 0
2001 MIN MLB AL 405 381 51 110 33 2 7 168 55 16 57 1 7 .289 .322 .441 .152 3 1
2002 MIN MLB AL 469 440 54 132 31 6 6 193 49 13 61 1 2 .300 .334 .439 .139 3 2
2003 MIN MLB AL 533 487 63 152 35 3 11 226 74 24 55 3 1 .312 .360 .464 .152 5 2
2004 SFN MLB NL 510 471 45 128 28 2 11 193 77 19 27 0 1 .272 .319 .410 .138 3 2
2005 CHA MLB AL 497 460 61 118 21 0 18 193 56 23 68 0 2 .257 .308 .420 .163 1 1
2006 CHA MLB AL 543 509 65 150 24 0 16 222 64 22 72 1 0 .295 .333 .436 .141 1 3
2007 CHA MLB AL 509 472 54 124 24 0 14 190 50 25 66 1 1 .263 .309 .403 .140 3 1
2008 CHA MLB AL 570 534 66 150 31 1 13 222 60 19 71 1 0 .281 .312 .416 .135 6 3
2009 CHA MLB AL 535 504 57 151 22 1 13 214 49 24 52 1 1 .300 .331 .425 .125 3 3
2010 CHA MLB AL 503 474 43 128 29 0 9 184 56 15 39 3 4 .270 .300 .388 .118 2 6
2011 CHA MLB AL 500 464 38 133 29 1 8 188 48 23 33 0 0 .287 .323 .405 .119 6 2
2011 CHR AAA INT 11 10 2 2 0 0 0 2 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .273 .200 .000 0 0
2012 CHA MLB AL 520 479 68 133 18 4 27 240 77 28 78 0 0 .278 .326 .501 .223 4 1
2013 TEX MLB AL 529 503 48 137 24 1 17 214 70 11 76 1 1 .272 .297 .425 .153 6 0
2013 FRI AA TEX 6 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 0 0
2014 BOS MLB AL 274 256 19 65 10 1 4 89 31 9 40 0 0 .254 .286 .348 .094 4
2014 SLN MLB NL 88 82 6 20 2 0 1 25 6 5 14 0 1 .244 .295 .305 .061 0
2015 ATL MLB NL 436 407 38 122 24 1 9 175 49 19 37 0 2 .300 .339 .430 .130 3 0
2016 BRA Rk GCL 11 9 3 4 1 0 0 5 1 2 2 0 0 .444 .545 .556 .111 0 0
2016 ATL MLB NL 259 247 15 54 15 0 2 75 23 6 29 1 0 .219 .243 .304 .085 3 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1788 0.4715 0.5699 0.8440 0.7248 0.4317 0.9034 0.7549 0.1560 0.0101
2009 1730 0.4855 0.5734 0.8659 0.7393 0.4169 0.9179 0.7790 0.1341 -0.0008
2010 1593 0.4947 0.5562 0.8488 0.6853 0.4298 0.9204 0.7370 0.1512 -0.0048
2011 1655 0.4888 0.5529 0.8951 0.7145 0.3983 0.9567 0.7893 0.1049 0.0025
2012 1780 0.4854 0.5742 0.8288 0.7407 0.4170 0.8891 0.7277 0.1712 -0.0030
2013 1721 0.4631 0.6020 0.8147 0.7491 0.4751 0.8710 0.7380 0.1853 -0.0023
2014 1218 0.4417 0.5755 0.8117 0.7212 0.4603 0.9046 0.6965 0.1883 -0.0065
2015 1442 0.4660 0.5423 0.8606 0.7277 0.3805 0.9080 0.7816 0.1394 -0.0069
2016 818 0.4792 0.5880 0.8150 0.7270 0.4601 0.9088 0.6786 0.1850 0.0000
Career137450.47600.57000.84500.72600.42800.90860.74740.1550-0.0010

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-03-04 2014-03-08 Camp 4 0 Left Ankle Sprain - -
2014-02-18 2014-02-20 Camp 2 0 - Ankle Sprain - -
2013-05-06 2013-05-21 15-DL 15 14 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2013-04-29 2013-05-01 DTD 2 1 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2012-07-24 2012-07-30 DTD 6 5 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique - -
2011-08-13 2011-09-02 15-DL 20 16 Left Wrist Fracture HBP - -
2010-08-08 2010-08-09 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Sprain -
2006-06-01 2006-06-01 DTD 0 0 Right Wrist Contusion Foul Ball -
2005-04-24 2005-04-27 DTD 3 3 Left Contusion HBP Big Toe -
2004-05-09 2004-05-11 DTD 2 1 Left Ankle Sprain -
2004-05-02 2004-05-07 DTD 5 4 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2003-06-28 2003-06-30 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2003-05-02 2003-05-06 DTD 4 3 Ankle Contusion Sliding -
1999-08-23 1999-09-05 Minors 13 0 Right Wrist Surgery Hamate Fracture - -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2016 ATL $3,000,000
2015 ATL $2,000,000
2014 BOS $8,250,000
2013 TEX $7,500,000
2012 CHA $6,000,000
2011 CHA $2,000,000
2010 CHA $6,250,000
2009 CHA $6,250,000
2008 CHA $5,850,000
2007 CHA $5,500,000
2006 CHA $4,000,000
2005 CHA $2,250,000
2004 SFN $3,500,000
2003 MIN $365,000
2002 MIN $250,000
2001 MIN $210,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
16 yrPrevious$63,175,000
16 yrTotal$63,175,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
16 y 100 dSteve Hilliard1 year/$3M (2016)

Details
  • 1 year/$3M (2016). Re-signed by Atlanta as a free agent 11/11/15. $1M signing bonus (due 12/1/15). 2016 salary: $2M. Additional $1M in performance bonuses based on starts at catcher: $50,000 each for 55, 60 starts. $0.1M each for 65, 70, 75, 80, 85, 90 starts. $0.15M each for 95, 100 starts.
  • 1 year/$2M (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/15. Performance bonuses: $50,000 each for 55, 60, 65, 70, 75, 80 starts at catcher. $0.1M each for 85, 90, 95, 100 starts at catcher.
  • 1 year/$8.25M (2014). Signed by Boston as a free agent 12/4/13. $0.75M signing bonus. 14:$7.5M. DFA by Boston 7/8/14. Released by Boston 7/16/14. Signed by St. Louis as a free agent 7/26/14 (Cardinals pay pro-rated minimum salary).
  • 1 year/$7.5M (2013). Signed by Texas as a free agent 12/20/12.
  • 2 years/$8M (2011-12). Re-signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 12/4/10. 11:$2M, 12:$6M.
  • 3 years/$18.35M (2008-10). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 10/3/07, replacing final year of previous deal. 08:$5.85M, 09:$6.25M, 10:$6.25M. 2010 salary may increase by up to $0.5M ($50,000 each for 100, 105, 110, 115, 120 starts in 2008 and $50,000 each for 105, 110, 115, 120, 125 starts in 2009). No-trade protection. Award bonuses.
  • 3 years/$15M (2006-08). Signed extension with Chicago White Sox 12/19/05 (avoided arbitration). 06:$4M, 07:5.5M, 08:$5.5M. 2008 salary may increase by $0.5M based on games started (increased to $5.85M).
  • 1 year/$2.25M (2005). Signed by Chicago White Sox as a free agent 1/05.
  • 1 year/$3.5M (2004). Signed by San Francisco (avoided arbitration). Non-tendered by San Francisco 12/04.
  • 1 year/$0.365M (2003). Acquired by San Francisco in trade from Minnesota 11/03.
  • 1 year/$0.25M (2002).
  • 1 year/$0.21M (2001).
  • Drafted by Minnesota 1994 (3-71) (Dr. Phillips HS, Orlando).

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)Until Brian McCann returns, should I stick with vanilla Ryan Doumit or take a chance on Buck, Gattis, Arencibia or Pierzynski? (non-keeper points league) Thanks.
(rjblakel from Australia)
If your add/drop rules are liberal, you can certainly ride John Buck's hot hand. But Ryan Doumit is fine, and A.J. Pierzynski really isn't much worse/is about the same. (Mike Gianella)
2010-08-09 13:00:00 (link to chat)Am I overly cynical by being depressed a little by JPA's stunningly good debut? It's all downhill from there.
(Me from Here)
Good player, not a great one. I might be underselling him with Brian Harper comparisons. A.J. Pierzynski with more power?

Lightning round. Something weird going on in chat module. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-02-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)Good to see you back. There seems to be no general consensus on Tyler Flowers. What is your projection?
(scottlong from indy)
Always good to hear from an ex-colleague and a fellow Hawkeye. I think Flowers future really depends on whether or not the White Sox are willing to take the hit on defense. He's like Jeff Clement in the sense that there's just no way to project anything but a negative in his fielding column. With Paul Konerko nearing the end of days, I think I might just move Flowers to first base and let him hit. However, that's a big positional adjustment, and it's not like A.J. Pierzynski has been providing fantastic defense the last few seasons. I wouldn't, but don't be surprised if the White Sox let him be behind the plate. (Bryan Smith)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
1998 mlb .003 0.1 174 .001 0.0 4 .001 .002 0.0 0.1 0.0
1999 mlb -.001 -0.1 339 .000 0.0 2 -.001 -.001 0.0 -0.1 -0.2
2000 mlb .002 0.5 1083 .000 -0.1 14 -.016 -.003 0.2 0.6 -0.1
2001 mlb .006 5.8 3648 .001 -0.7 57 .004 -.004 0.3 5.0 3.6
2002 mlb .014 15.8 4449 .002 -1.9 58 .007 -.001 -0.1 13.9 12.3
2003 mlb .016 19.7 4667 .001 -1.1 57 -.006 -.004 0.4 18.6 18.0
2004 mlb -.004 -4.9 4887 .000 -0.7 59 .013 .000 -0.4 -6.7 -6.0
2005 mlb .001 1.1 4883 .000 -0.1 93 .033 .003 -1.9 -1.7 -2.0
2006 mlb -.006 -7.5 5069 .001 -0.8 102 .027 .002 -1.7 -11.2 -11.6
2007 mlb -.003 -3.5 4954 .001 -1.0 74 .012 .000 -0.6 -6.0 -6.1
2008 mlb .003 3.1 4936 .000 -0.6 107 .052 .004 -3.8 -2.2 -3.4
2009 mlb .004 4.4 5311 .001 -1.1 113 .018 .009 -1.2 2.1 -0.8
2010 mlb .002 2.2 4994 .002 -2.3 86 .018 .006 -1.0 -1.7 -2.4
2011 mlb .010 9.3 4676 .001 -1.9 102 .000 .005 0.0 6.7 6.0
2011 aaa .003 0.1 60 .000 0.0 2 .003 .000 0.0 0.1 0.2
2012 mlb -.001 -0.9 4933 .003 -4.3 86 .000 .001 0.0 -5.7 -7.3
2013 mlb -.006 -5.7 4593 .001 -1.2 64 -.020 -.002 0.7 -6.4 -7.2
2013 aax -.010 -0.1 32 -.001 0.0 3 -.014 .000 0.0 0.4 -0.1
2014 mlb -.005 -3.1 3322 .001 -1.1 53 .062 .000 -1.9 -6.7 -7.2
2015 mlb -.005 -4.4 4363 .001 -1.4 77 .026 .003 -1.0 -7.2 -8.4
2016 mlb -.007 -3.8 2620 .006 -3.7 49 .017 .008 -0.5 -8.1 -8.8

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