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Portrait of A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski C Cardinals

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
496 .268 10 45 54 1 .248 1.3
Birth Date12-30-1976
Height6' 3"
Weight235 lbs
Age37 years, 9 months, 21 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.22010
0.62011
2.72012
1.82013
1.12014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1998 MIN 21 7 13 10 1 3 0 0 0 3 1 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 .300 .385 .300 .271 0.3 -0.0 0.0
1999 MIN 22 9 24 22 3 6 2 0 0 8 1 4 1 0 0 3 0 0 .273 .333 .364 .305 2.9 -0.1 0.3
2000 MIN 23 33 96 88 12 27 5 1 2 40 5 14 2 1 0 11 1 0 .307 .354 .455 .280 7.5 -0.7 0.6
2001 MIN 24 114 405 381 51 110 33 2 7 168 16 57 4 3 1 55 1 7 .289 .322 .441 .252 16.9 -1.9 1.5
2002 MIN 25 130 469 440 54 132 31 6 6 193 13 61 11 3 2 49 1 2 .300 .334 .439 .270 22.4 -1.5 2.1
2003 MIN 26 137 533 487 63 152 35 3 11 226 24 55 15 5 2 74 3 1 .312 .360 .464 .287 40.8 -1.6 3.9
2004 SFN 27 131 510 471 45 128 28 2 11 193 19 27 15 3 2 77 0 1 .272 .319 .410 .238 6.7 -0.2 0.6
2005 CHA 28 128 497 460 61 118 21 0 18 193 23 68 12 1 1 56 0 2 .257 .308 .420 .252 18.6 -1.3 1.7
2006 CHA 29 140 543 509 65 150 24 0 16 222 22 72 8 1 3 64 1 0 .295 .333 .436 .246 10.2 -1.3 0.9
2007 CHA 30 136 509 472 54 124 24 0 14 190 25 66 8 3 1 50 1 1 .263 .309 .403 .239 9.1 -0.8 0.8
2008 CHA 31 134 570 534 66 150 31 1 13 222 19 71 8 6 3 60 1 0 .281 .312 .416 .245 10.6 -2.6 0.8
2009 CHA 32 138 535 504 57 151 22 1 13 214 24 52 1 3 3 49 1 1 .300 .331 .425 .252 12.1 -2.7 1.0
2010 CHA 33 128 503 474 43 128 29 0 9 184 15 39 6 2 6 56 3 4 .270 .300 .388 .224 3.7 -1.7 0.2
2011 CHA 34 129 500 464 38 133 29 1 8 188 23 33 5 6 2 48 0 0 .287 .323 .405 .248 6.6 -0.8 0.6
2012 CHA 35 135 520 479 68 133 18 4 27 240 28 78 8 4 1 77 0 0 .278 .326 .501 .279 27.7 -2.3 2.7
2013 TEX 36 134 529 503 48 137 24 1 17 214 11 76 9 6 0 70 1 1 .272 .297 .425 .262 18.1 -1.2 1.8
2014 BOS 37 72 274 256 19 65 10 1 4 89 9 40 4 4 1 31 0 0 .254 .286 .348 .232 1.4 -0.8 0.1
2014 SLN 37 30 88 82 6 20 2 0 1 25 5 14 1 0 0 6 0 1 .244 .295 .305 .224 -1.9 -0.2 -0.2
Career186571186636754186736823177281228382911952288371421.281.320.424.253213.6-21.719.4

Advanced

'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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
1995 FTW A 22 87 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 ELZ Rk 56 220 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .349 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FTW A 114 461 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .299 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 FTM A+ 0 434 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .308 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 MIN MLB 7 13 .271 .271 .343 .413 .265 .333 99 0.2 0.4 0.2 -0.0 0.0 0.3 0.0 0.3 0.0
1998 NBR AA 0 224 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SLC AAA 0 217 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .260 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN MLB 9 24 .305 .291 .355 .465 .272 .333 98 1.3 0.7 0.5 -0.1 0.6 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
1999 SLC AAA 0 244 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .293 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIN MLB 33 96 .280 .271 .338 .432 .258 .342 93 2.3 2.7 1.8 -0.7 0.4 7.5 0.6 7.5 0.6
2000 NBR AA 0 245 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .317 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLC AAA 0 161 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .372 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2001 MIN MLB 114 405 .252 .266 .332 .424 .259 .322 100 -3.7 11.1 7 -1.9 2.1 16.9 1.5 16.9 1.5
2002 MIN MLB 130 469 .270 .267 .332 .430 .267 .335 97 4.9 12.5 8 -1.5 -1.1 22.4 2.1 22.4 2.1
2003 MIN MLB 137 533 .287 .266 .330 .424 .263 .331 100 15.6 14.5 9.4 -1.6 0.8 40.8 3.9 40.8 3.9
2004 SFN MLB 131 510 .238 .265 .333 .427 .262 .268 100 -12.6 15.2 9 -0.2 -4.3 6.7 0.6 6.7 0.6
2005 CHA MLB 128 497 .252 .265 .324 .419 .259 .267 103 -4.1 14.3 8.6 -1.3 0.5 18.6 1.7 18.6 1.7
2006 CHA MLB 140 543 .246 .276 .337 .442 .259 .318 111 -8.8 16.4 9.7 -1.3 -4.2 10.2 0.9 10.2 0.9
2007 CHA MLB 136 509 .239 .267 .331 .414 .259 .278 102 -11.9 15.1 8.9 -0.8 -2.6 9.1 0.8 9.1 0.8
2008 CHA MLB 134 570 .245 .264 .330 .414 .258 .300 104 -9.3 16.5 9.9 -2.6 -2.1 10.6 0.8 10.6 0.8
2009 CHA MLB 138 535 .252 .263 .330 .420 .258 .312 106 -4.4 15.4 9 -2.7 -3.2 12.1 1.0 12.1 1.0
2010 CHA MLB 128 503 .224 .260 .324 .407 .256 .278 112 -18.6 13.9 8.3 -1.7 -0.8 3.7 0.2 3.7 0.2
2011 CHA MLB 129 500 .248 .260 .321 .408 .262 .291 105 -6.1 13.5 7.1 -0.8 -2.7 6.6 0.6 6.6 0.6
2011 CHR AAA 3 11 .171 .268 .342 .390 .257 .250 93 -1.2 0.3 0.1 0.1 0.0 -1.0 -0.1 -1.0 -0.1
2012 CHA MLB 135 520 .279 .259 .322 .415 .264 .280 106 9.6 14.2 7.8 -2.3 -3.1 27.7 2.7 27.7 2.7
2013 TEX MLB 134 529 .262 .255 .317 .398 .265 .288 101 0.9 13.9 6.7 -1.2 -2.8 18.1 1.8 18.1 1.8
2013 FRI AA 2 6 .113 .263 .299 .365 .248 .200 102 -0.9 0.2 0 -0.0 -0.3 -1.1 -0.1 -1.1 -0.1
2014 BOS MLB 72 274 .232 .255 .319 .394 .265 .282 103 -7.1 7.1 3.5 -0.8 -2.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2014 SLN MLB 30 88 .224 .236 .299 .354 .248 .284 99 -2.9 2.3 1.2 -0.2 -1.0 -1.9 -0.2 -1.9 -0.2

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
1995 ELZ Rk 220 29 68 13 1 7 45 14 23 0 2 .332 .374 .507 .176 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1995 FTW A 87 10 26 5 1 2 14 2 10 0 0 .310 .326 .464 .155 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1996 FTW A 461 48 118 30 3 7 70 22 53 0 4 .274 .312 .406 .132 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1997 FTM A+ 434 49 115 23 1 9 64 16 59 2 1 .279 .316 .405 .126 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 NBR AA 224 30 63 11 0 3 17 10 25 0 2 .297 .335 .392 .094 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 SLC AAA 217 29 53 7 2 7 30 9 24 3 1 .255 .286 .409 .154 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1998 MIN MLB 13 1 3 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .300 .385 .300 .000 .271 0.3 -0.0 0.0
1999 SLC AAA 244 29 59 10 0 1 25 16 29 0 0 .259 .307 .316 .057 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
1999 MIN MLB 24 3 6 2 0 0 3 1 4 0 0 .273 .333 .364 .091 .305 2.9 -0.1 0.3
2000 NBR AA 245 36 68 17 2 4 34 8 22 0 0 .298 .347 .443 .145 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 SLC AAA 161 22 52 14 1 4 25 5 22 1 1 .335 .360 .516 .181 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2000 MIN MLB 96 12 27 5 1 2 11 5 14 1 0 .307 .354 .455 .148 .280 7.5 -0.7 0.6
2001 MIN MLB 405 51 110 33 2 7 55 16 57 1 7 .289 .322 .441 .152 .252 16.9 -1.9 1.5
2002 MIN MLB 469 54 132 31 6 6 49 13 61 1 2 .300 .334 .439 .139 .270 22.4 -1.5 2.1
2003 MIN MLB 533 63 152 35 3 11 74 24 55 3 1 .312 .360 .464 .152 .287 40.8 -1.6 3.9
2004 SFN MLB 510 45 128 28 2 11 77 19 27 0 1 .272 .319 .410 .138 .238 6.7 -0.2 0.6
2005 CHA MLB 497 61 118 21 0 18 56 23 68 0 2 .257 .308 .420 .163 .252 18.6 -1.3 1.7
2006 CHA MLB 543 65 150 24 0 16 64 22 72 1 0 .295 .333 .436 .141 .246 10.2 -1.3 0.9
2007 CHA MLB 509 54 124 24 0 14 50 25 66 1 1 .263 .309 .403 .140 .239 9.1 -0.8 0.8
2008 CHA MLB 570 66 150 31 1 13 60 19 71 1 0 .281 .312 .416 .135 .245 10.6 -2.6 0.8
2009 CHA MLB 535 57 151 22 1 13 49 24 52 1 1 .300 .331 .425 .125 .252 12.1 -2.7 1.0
2010 CHA MLB 503 43 128 29 0 9 56 15 39 3 4 .270 .300 .388 .118 .224 3.7 -1.7 0.2
2011 CHA MLB 500 38 133 29 1 8 48 23 33 0 0 .287 .323 .405 .119 .248 6.6 -0.8 0.6
2011 CHR AAA 11 2 2 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 0 .200 .273 .200 .000 .171 -1.0 0.1 -0.1
2012 CHA MLB 520 68 133 18 4 27 77 28 78 0 0 .278 .326 .501 .223 .279 27.7 -2.3 2.7
2013 FRI AA 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 .167 .167 .167 .000 .113 -1.1 -0.0 -0.1
2013 TEX MLB 529 48 137 24 1 17 70 11 76 1 1 .272 .297 .425 .153 .262 18.1 -1.2 1.8
2014 BOS MLB 274 19 65 10 1 4 31 9 40 0 0 .254 .286 .348 .094 .232 1.4 -0.8 0.1
2014 SLN MLB 88 6 20 2 0 1 6 5 14 0 1 .244 .295 .305 .061 .224 -1.9 -0.2 -0.2

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 1804 0.4684 0.5791 0.8543 0.7420 0.4338 0.9203 0.7548 0.1457
2009 1731 0.4858 0.5751 0.8834 0.7372 0.4213 0.9290 0.8080 0.1166
2010 1585 0.5028 0.5660 0.8571 0.6951 0.4340 0.9242 0.7485 0.1406
2011 1655 0.4973 0.5577 0.9025 0.7157 0.4014 0.9576 0.8054 0.0975
2012 1783 0.4672 0.5766 0.8384 0.7407 0.4316 0.8930 0.7561 0.1607
2013 1721 0.4555 0.6037 0.8306 0.7551 0.4771 0.8936 0.7472 0.1694
2014 1227 0.4311 0.5767 0.8303 0.7259 0.4628 0.9167 0.7276 0.1697
Career115060.47380.57670.85740.73110.43650.91890.76540.1421

Injury History

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
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
13 yrPrevious$49,925,000
2011Current$8,250,000
14 yrPvs + Cur$58,175,000
14 yrTotal$58,175,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 y 100 dSteve Hilliard1 year/$8.25M (2014)

Details
  • 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).

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 519 54 146 30 2 11 58 19 62 1 1 .301 .333 .439 .274 19.6 C -2 2.0
80o 503 51 137 28 2 10 55 18 61 1 1 .290 .321 .423 .264 14.3 C -2 1.4
70o 492 49 131 27 2 10 52 17 61 1 1 .281 .312 .411 .257 10.6 C -2 1.0
60o 483 47 125 26 2 9 50 17 60 1 1 .275 .305 .401 .251 7.6 C -2 0.7
50o 474 45 121 25 2 9 49 16 60 1 1 .268 .298 .391 .245 4.9 C -1 0.4
40o 465 43 116 24 2 9 47 15 59 1 1 .262 .291 .382 .240 2.3 C -1 0.1
30o 456 41 110 23 2 8 45 15 58 1 1 .255 .284 .371 .234 -0.4 C -1 -0.2
20o 445 39 103 21 1 8 43 14 58 1 1 .247 .275 .360 .227 -3.4 C -1 -0.5
10o 429 36 96 20 1 7 40 13 57 1 1 .236 .263 .343 .217 -7.3 C -1 -0.9
Weighted Mean47545121252949166011.269.299.393.2465.4C -10.4

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
1% 18% 10% 19% 75%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201538250235612122110350.238.272.325.218-0.9-7.4-1.31.311.3-18.8-0.8
201639372368617153413560.244.276.342.224-0.8-6.4-1.91.814.9-21.2-1.2
2017405955413427265017880.235.263.322.213-1.6-13.2-3.02.714.9-27.9-1.9
2018416405613828265220970.227.258.309.206-2.1-17.5-3.22.814.9-32.1-2.0
201942440379419133313690.226.255.298.201-2.4-20.5-2.21.814.9-35.0-1.4
2020435464411423223717890.219.247.278.193-3.0-25.9-2.72.114.9-40.2-1.7
202144467379719213214790.218.246.277.192-3.0-26.4-2.31.614.9-40.7-1.5
20224563949130262141181100.212.240.265.185-3.6-30.7-3.22.114.9-44.5-2.0
20234657644119252037161000.217.244.270.188-3.4-29.0-2.91.714.9-42.8-1.8

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
1.44.74.62.70.70.214

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 75)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Ramon Hernandez 2013 .226
2 87 Rod Barajas 2013 .000 DNP
3 83 Al Oliver 1984 .255
4 82 Henry Blanco 2009 .257
5 81 Tony Oliva 1976 .188
6 81 Ernie Whitt 1989 .278
7 81 Ivan Rodriguez 2009 .224
8 80 Ron Hassey 1990 .233
9 80 Walker Cooper 1952 .247
10 80 Jose Molina 2012 .245
11 80 Mike Redmond 2008 .227
12 79 Miguel Tejada 2011 .231
13 79 Rich Aurilia 2009 .190
14 78 Sherm Lollar 1962 .258
15 78 Garret Anderson 2009 .243
16 78 Pedro Feliz 2012 .000 DNP
17 78 Alan Ashby 1989 .182
18 77 Rico Carty 1977 .275
19 77 Geoff Blum 2010 .250
20 77 Ted Kluszewski 1962 .000 DNP
21 77 Moises Alou 2004 .313
22 77 Joe Randa 2007 .000 DNP
23 77 Paul Lo Duca 2009 .000 DNP
24 77 Yogi Berra 1962 .248
25 77 Hal McRae 1983 .295
26 77 Carl Furillo 1959 .241
27 77 Smoky Burgess 1964 .225
28 76 Adam Kennedy 2013 .000 DNP
29 76 Harold Baines 1996 .304
30 76 Eddie Murray 1993 .275
31 76 Carlton Fisk 1985 .290
32 76 Mike Lowell 2011 .000 DNP
33 76 Wally Joyner 1999 .248
34 75 Lou Piniella 1981 .278
35 75 Cecil Cooper 1987 .240
36 75 Randy Winn 2011 .000 DNP
37 75 Ken Griffey 1987 .270
38 75 Mark Kotsay 2013 .192
39 75 Don Slaught 1996 .261
40 75 Jason Michaels 2013 .000 DNP
41 75 Mike Sweeney 2011 .000 DNP
42 75 Tino Martinez 2005 .268
43 75 Dusty Baker 1986 .239
44 74 Pedro Guerrero 1993 .000 DNP
45 74 Gary Carter 1991 .260
46 74 Elston Howard 1966 .259
47 74 Bobby Bonilla 2000 .266
48 74 Jim Rice 1990 .000 DNP
49 74 Don Baylor 1986 .281
50 74 Bob Watson 1983 .300
51 74 Rocky Nelson 1962 .000 DNP
52 74 Chris Coste 2010 .000 DNP
53 73 Minnie Minoso 1963 .234
54 73 Rusty Staub 1981 .324
55 73 Orlando Cabrera 2012 .000 DNP
56 73 Paul O'Neill 2000 .256
57 73 Scott Rolen 2012 .252
58 73 Dale Long 1963 .151
59 73 Jeff Conine 2003 .281
60 73 Denny Walling 1991 .110
61 73 Tom Lampkin 2001 .230
62 73 Keith Hernandez 1991 .000 DNP
63 73 Gregg Zaun 2008 .259
64 72 B.J. Surhoff 2002 .273
65 72 Will Clark 2001 .000 DNP
66 72 Mark Grudzielanek 2007 .263
67 72 Chris Chambliss 1986 .289
68 72 Mickey Vernon 1955 .299
69 72 Robin Yount 1993 .249
70 72 Bill Madlock 1988 .000 DNP
71 72 David Segui 2004 .262
72 72 Ray Boone 1961 .000 DNP
73 72 Brian Jordan 2004 .206
74 72 Ted Simmons 1987 .263
75 72 Orlando Cepeda 1975 .000 DNP
76 72 Ronnie Belliard 2012 .000 DNP
77 72 Ken Boyer 1968 .292
78 72 Carlos Lee 2013 .000 DNP
79 72 Felipe Alou 1972 .280
80 71 Tommy Davis 1976 .248
81 71 Chris Gomez 2008 .237
82 71 Andre Thornton 1987 .159
83 71 Kevin Millar 2009 .230
84 71 Alan Trammell 1995 .250
85 71 Damian Miller 2007 .222
86 71 Bill Buckner 1987 .247
87 71 Vladimir Guerrero 2012 .000 DNP
88 71 Ernie Banks 1968 .283
89 71 Monte Irvin 1956 .287
90 71 Richie Hebner 1985 .211
91 71 Bobby Murcer 1983 .165
92 71 Frank Thomas 1966 .023
93 71 John McDonald 2012 .233
94 71 Graig Nettles 1982 .263
95 71 Vic Wertz 1962 .317
96 71 Melvin Mora 2009 .230
97 70 Al Smith 1965 .000 DNP
98 70 Matt Treanor 2013 .000 DNP
99 70 Tony Graffanino 2009 .137
100 70 Doug Decinces 1988 .000 DNP

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .273 .310 .400 .245
11 vs R (Multi) .278 .308 .454 .269
18 Split (Multi) .005 -.002 .053 .024
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .279 .318 .400 .246
31 vs R (2013) .269 .286 .438 .264
38 Split (2013) -.010 -.032 .038 .018
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Guess who was a free agent this offseason? Pierzynski last posted a .287 TAv in 2003, after which the Twins were able to trade him for Joe Nathan, Francisco Liriano, and Boof Bonser. It's unlikely that the Rangers will be as disappointed as the Giants were in 2004, but he also may not match last season's career-high of 27 home runs. All of the improvement came against right-handed pitchers. Pierzynksi remains baffled by southpaws. The unbalanced stats allowed him to finish 29th in OPS against right-handed pitching, and while that's likely to revert quite a bit, he'll remain an offensive contributor against them. Pierzynski should be a decent stopgap for Texas on a one-year deal.
2012 It was déjà vu all over again last year at The Cell, as the White Sox signed A.J. for the fourth time and were rewarded with the same mix of singles, doubles, double-play grounders and opponent steals he always provides. If you sing “.280/.320/.420” into a smartphone, Shazam will identify it as a classic Pierzynski track. Such consistent mediocrity, paired with A.J.’s legendary durability, provides value, as it allows the organization to build the rest of the lineup knowing their catcher will neither carry nor sink it. With Pierzynski’s latest deal expiring at the end of this season, the Sox plan to shift more work onto Tyler Flowers, but if the young slugger again fails to launch don’t be surprised if A.J. re-ups for a fifth time.
2011 The catcher whom 29 teams love to hate couldn't have chosen a worse time to have his worst season at the plate, because the winter market was awash in mediocre catchers. While part of the problem was a stone-cold start that not even a geologist could get into, Pierzynski is an older contact hitter without much else to add beyond batting lefty. Although he isn't one of the best throwers, having Danks and Buehrle around helps nuke opposing running games. Instead, AJP's value is tied to his durability as a receiver, because guys who can start 120 games a year aren't omnipresent. In light of Flowers' flop, a short-term return to the South Side for two years and $8 million wasn't the worst outcome—the Sox are familiar with his charms, and if he loses a few more at-bats to Castro at home, maybe everyone comes out feeling good.
2010 Consistency and catching rarely go together, which is why a guy like Pierzynski might be more valuable than he looks. In the last six years he's never slugged lower than .403 or higher than .436, while his on-base percentages have only ranged from .308 to .333. Just as importantly, he stays healthy, with no major time lost during the stretch, a pretty remarkably achievement for a catcher. In the end, he's an average offensive catcher with a below-average arm, but his teammates love him, and he could be back as Tyler Flowers' backup after his current contract expires at the end of the year.
2009 It’s curious that a player as disliked as Pierzynski can still manage to be overrated. A heady player, his value is almost completely tied up in his ability to catch 130-plus games and deliver 40-odd extra-base hits annually. Since the Twins traded him, he’s hit an extremely consistent .274/.317/.417 while averaging 134 games per year. There’s something to be said for reliability, but his middling power is undermined by the fact that he’s never drawn more than 20 unintentional walks in a season, and his steady presence behind the plate is diminished by his poor throwing arm (21.6 percent of opposing runners caught stealing over those five seasons, and just 18 percent last year). The result is a 32-year-old catcher with no room for decline. He's signed through 2010; his next team will get burned if it expects him to keep on keeping on.
2008 Pierzynski's the catcher people love to hate, but also exactly the sort of guy Sox fans can relate to. Sure, he's obnoxious, combative, and vowel-challenged, but those things go over just fine in Bridgeport. Although he's been a useful enough hitter in his Chicago career, his two-year, $12.5 million extension which kicks in after this season was a contract too far for the Sox. A platoon wouldn't help Pierzynski appreciably at the plate beyond keeping him fresh; he's a spray hitter with line-drive power who kills you with double-play grounders. His receiving skills are also losing something to Father Time, which is another argument for the effective veteran caddy the Sox don't have.
2007 Pierzynski is best known for his Zelig-like propensity to find himself in situations where he just doesn`t belong, such as on the receiving end of Michael Barrett`s right hook, or on Joe Cowley`s MVP ballot. He`s perhaps more remarkable, though, for an extremely unusual statistical profile. Most players who put the ball in play as often as Pierzynski tend to be Juan Pierre types who run pretty well. Pierzynski, on the other hand, runs like Juan Berenguer . . . after a big meal. He remains a valuable asset to the White Sox, but may need to work deeper into the count as he ages, as his profile is not very well hedged against any decline in bat speed.
2006 How many other players would have bothered to run on that dropped third strike? Eliminate the 30 percent who are too lazy, the 40 percent who are too bashful, and the 29 percent who are too mature to try a stunt like that, and you`re left with? A.J. Pierzysnki, Orlando Hudson, and Milton Bradley by our count. Pierzynski`s career perfectly illustrates the point that clubhouse chemistry is a distillation of winning, and not the other way around. Performance-wise, he`s a risk, but he seldom strikes out so he should get that batting average up a few points. His contract extension ($3 million for five years) drew some criticism, but league average catchers don`t grow on trees.
2005 Two unfair but true rules of baseball: 1) What you do in April gets scrutinized a lot more than what you do in June or July; 2) hard-nosed players who produced are called gamers—hard-nose players who don't are thrown under the bus. After a brutal April in which he hit .246/.267/.250, one teammate said: "He's the cancer in here. The pitchers aren't happy with him. If they can trade him, that would be fine with me." Pierzynski played at his career norms the rest of the season, but when an arbitration decision came due at season's end, the Giants decided they didn't need his personality anymore. You could forgive the Giants for not wanting to pay the $5 million or so it would have cost to retain him. Pierzynski's a better player than half the starting catchers in baseball, and he's a great short-term fix for the White Sox's continual catching problems. Meanwhile the Giants will pay $10.5 million over three years to a more genial and helpless Mike Matheny.
2003 One of the game’s great carmine kiesters, A. J. Pierzynski is never going to win a popularity contest around the league, but he doesn’t need to. Nobody liked Clint Courtney either, but 50 years later, everybody still talks about him. Pierzynski is a good catcher—his percentages throwing out runners aren’t amazing, but the Twins control the running game as well as anybody—and as a guy who can make contact and drive the ball, he’s a pest at the bottom of the order. As the man who holds the job until/if/when Joe Mauer is ready, he’s the best placeholder in the game.
2002 He was presented with an opportunity, and he seized it. Pierzynski is essentially the same ballplayer as Shea Hillenbrand in Boston. He will hit for a reasonable average, show some line-drive power, but draw only three walks a month, so he will have to hit .300 or close to it to help the team and keep his job. Depending on the skew of the new management regime, even that might not be enough. Pierzynski had a nice 2001 season, though, and it moved him into the column of MLB-approved catchers. Ask the next guy how much money that's worth.
2001 A.J. Pierzynski has the Greg Myers skill set: he’s a left-handed-hitting line-drive machine with a strong arm. He’d make a nice caddy for LeCroy if LeCroy wins the job and a nice platoon mate for Ardoin if LeCroy doesn’t. If the Twins keep Moeller, Pierzyski could get 400 plate appearances. The Twins are divided into a group of left-handed hitters who get on base, left-handed hitters who hit for good averages, and Ron Coomer. Pierzynski just adds another body to group two.
2000 He’s a young catcher with a reputation for good glove work. Pierzynski would make an ideal caddy for LeCroy if the Twins trade Javier Valentin. He will end up catching somewhere in the major leagues someday.
1999 Big guy, but he hits like Joel Skinner. Pierzynski could be the Twins' starting catcher on Opening Day, but he's just keeping the seat warm for Matt LeCroy. If it was me, I'd push Chad Moeller to the majors, get a veteran caddy for him, keep Pierzynski at Triple-A to back up LeCroy, and plan for LeCroy to be my catcher in 2000.
1998 Pierzynski continues to show improvement. The consensus is that Javier Valentin is the Twins’ catcher of the future, but Pierzynski is a year younger and ready to step up if Valentin falters.
1997 A good catching prospect with the misfortune of being in an organization with a better one (Jose Valentin). He’s a good prospect in his own right, having shown good power at an early age.

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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 Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 9465 75 -1.7 -1.3 5238 -0.5 -0.1 -0.1 -1.8 -1.4
2009 9628 4 1.6 1.1 5465 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1 1.5 1.1
2010 9479 17 -5.0 -3.7 5250 -5.3 -1.3 -1.7 -6.3 -5.4
2011 8617 10 3.5 2.9 4838 -0.3 -0.1 -0.2 3.4 2.7
2012 9571 -61 -7.7 -5.6 5032 -4.0 -1.2 -1.6 -8.9 -7.3
2013 8514 -70 -8.7 -7.1 4695 4.0 1.2 1.7 -7.5 -5.4
2014 6142 -39 -4.4 -5.0 3373 2.6 0.7 1.6 -3.7 -3.5
total 61416 -64 -22.4 -2.6 33891 -2.9 -0.5 -0.1 -22.9 -2.7

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