A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 days ago

Pierzynski extended his season-opening hitting streak to six games Wednesday, going 3-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in a loss to the Mets.

Whenever he's gotten in the lineup, Pierzynski has just hit, hit and hit some more -- he's gone 9-for-23 (.391) so far with three homers and a 2:2 BB:K. NL-only owners are surely paying close attention.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 days ago

Pierzynski will be out of the lineup Sunday against the Blue Jays.

Pierzynski had drawn the previous two starts behind the plate with right-handers starting for the opposition, but Christian Bethancourt will reenter the lineup Sunday while lefty Daniel Norris takes the hill for the Jays. Given their usage trends over the past handful of games, it appears the two catchers may have fallen into a soft platoon, with Pierzynski receiving the larger share of the at-bats by virtue of being the left-handed batter. That arrangement could make Pierzynski a worthy addition in two-catcher or NL-only formats, if he's still available.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 1 week ago

Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with his second home run of the season in the Braves' 8-2 loss to the Marlins on Tuesday.

The 38-year-old has now homered in two of his first three starts to begin the season. Meanwhile, Christian Bethancourt is just 4-for-18 in the early going, but Bethancourt has hit safely in each of his last four games. For now, the team seems content to go with the younger, more defensively gifted Bethancourt as its primary option, but Pierzynski could make it more of an even timeshare if he keeps producing at the dish.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski provided all the game's offense Wednesday, hitting a two-run homer off the Marlins' Tom Koehler to deliver a 2-0 win. He also drew a walk.

A nice game for Pierzynski, who slotted fifth in the lineup in his season debut. He'll continue splitting time behind the plate with Christian Bethancourt until one of them pulls away with the primary job.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 2 weeks ago

Pierzynski will bat eighth for the Braves on Wednesday against the Marlins, David O'Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Pierzynski remains in a split with Christian Bethantcourt for reps behind the plate. He will finally get his first chance of the season Wednesday, but the situation figures to remain fluid moving forward.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 3 weeks ago

Pierzynski is batting .344 (11-for-32) with one double, two RBI, four walks and one strikeout through 13 spring training games.

Less than a week now before Opening Day, and manager Fredi Gonzalez still hasn't indicated how the playing time behind the plate will be split during the regular season. Christian Bethancourt homered Monday, giving him seven extra-base hits this spring to Pierzysnki's one, but Pierzynski has a 4:1 BB:K while Bethancourt is sitting at 0:7. Given where the Braves are at as an organization, it would make sense if they gave the youngster the majority of the starts early on, though it's still possible Bethancourt and Pierzynski are deployed in a relatively even timeshare.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 4 months ago

Pierzynski agreed to a one-year deal with the Braves on Wednesday, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.

Pierzynski will give the Braves a veteran presence behind the plate to spell the youngster in Christian Bethancourt. The two figure to share time behind the plate, and the Braves now have the luxury of having both a left-handed and right-handed catcher.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski is in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Giants.

Pierzynski will get the start in place of Yadier Molina, who is sidelined with an oblique injury. Pierzynski will catch John Lackey and bat sixth against Giants starter Tim Hudson.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 6 months ago

Pierzynski will be on the Cardinals' NLCS roster, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

Pierzynski was left off the team's 25-man roster in the NLDS, but he'll take the spot of Sam Freeman this round. He likely won't see a lot of playing time, if any, but his inclusion on the roster is at least noteworthy after his limited playing time down the stretch.

A. J. Pierzynski C ATL 7 months ago

Pierzynski was not included on the Cardinals' NLDS roster, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Pierzysnki barely played in September, logging all of 14 at-bats after Yadier Molina's return from the DL, so this by no means comes as a surprise. Tony Cruz will serve as the lone backup to Molina in the NLDS, and while Pierzynski could still be an option should the team advance, he may have played his last game with the Cardinals and perhaps in the majors.