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A.J. Pierzynski    \peer-ZIN-skee\

Anthony John Pierzynski

Position: Catcher
Bats: Left, Throws: Right
Height: 6' 3", Weight: 235 lb.

Born: December 30, 1976 in Bridgehampton, NY
High School: Dr. Phillips HS (Orlando, FL)
Drafted
by the Minnesota Twins in the 3rd round of the 1994 amateur draft.
Signed June 9, 1994. (All Transactions)
Debut: September 9, 1998 (Age 21.253)
Rookie Status: Exceeded rookie limits during 2001 season [*]
Teams (by GP): WhiteSox/Twins/Rangers/Giants/RedSox/... 1998-2014
2014 Contract Status: Signed thru 2014, 1 yr/$8.25M (14) (details) [*]
Service Time (01/2014): 13.100, Free Agent: 2015 [*], Agents: Steve Hilliard [*]
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Standard Fielding

Adv Fielding w/ run summary
Year Tm Lg Age Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
1998 MIN AL 21 C 6 4 2 37.0 35 33 2 0 1 1.000 -1 -32 8.51 5.83 .990 7.13 7.05 0 4 4 1 20% 31% 0
1999 MIN AL 22 C 9 6 5 58.0 37 35 2 0 1 1.000 0 0 5.74 4.11 .991 6.98 6.87 1 3 1 1 50% 33% 0
2000 MIN AL 23 C 32 27 18 236.2 170 160 10 0 3 1.000 0 0 6.46 5.31 .991 6.93 6.85 2 10 10 6 38% 30% 0
2001 MIN AL 24 C 110 102 95 901.2 665 611 44 10 7 .985 1 1 6.54 5.95 .990 7.17 7.11 4 35 44 21 32% 29% 2
2001 MIN AL 24 DH 1 1
2002 MIN AL 25 C 124 118 103 1035.2 801 757 41 3 3 .996 -1 -1 6.93 6.44 .993 6.96 6.89 2 49 45 19 30% 32% 0 AS
2003 MIN AL 26 C 135 131 120 1165.2 894 843 45 6 6 .993 -1 6 -1 6 6.86 6.58 .991 6.79 6.72 5 48 46 20 30% 30% 0
2004 SFG NL 27 C 118 117 102 1022.0 754 697 56 1 6 .999 -4 -2 -5 -2 6.63 6.38 .993 7.45 7.40 9 36 51 15 23% 28% 0
2005 CHW AL 28 C 128 124 115 1117.2 852 803 48 1 8 .999 -5 3 -5 3 6.85 6.65 .992 6.79 6.72 7 45 79 23 23% 30% 1
2006 CHW AL 29 C 132 126 119 1125.0 860 795 62 3 4 .997 -5 -3 -5 -3 6.86 6.49 .992 7.09 6.99 10 44 90 25 22% 30% 0 AS,MVP-30
2007 CHW AL 30 C 130 116 111 1058.0 844 796 46 2 6 .998 -1 4 -1 5 7.16 6.48 .991 7.28 7.20 14 32 62 20 24% 27% 0
2008 CHW AL 31 C 131 127 122 1134.1 976 913 54 9 8 .991 -8 -9 -8 -10 7.67 7.38 .991 7.26 7.19 5 38 96 21 18% 27% 0
2009 CHW AL 32 C 131 124 117 1104.0 934 879 50 5 8 .995 -4 -5 -4 -5 7.57 7.09 .992 7.48 7.39 7 44 99 30 23% 26% 1
2009 CHW AL 32 DH 1 1
2010 CHW AL 33 C 127 123 114 1092.2 931 865 61 5 5 .995 1 0 1 0 7.63 7.29 .990 7.44 7.37 3 49 75 27 26% 26% 2
2011 CHW AL 34 C 120 112 107 1008.0 886 817 65 4 4 .995 -5 -9 -6 -11 7.88 7.35 .992 7.61 7.57 4 45 94 24 20% 28% 0
2011 CHW AL 34 DH 7 7
2012 CHW AL 35 C 126 121 111 1071.1 976 899 71 6 8 .994 3 -5 3 -5 8.15 7.70 .993 7.99 7.94 8 54 76 27 26% 25% 1 SS
2012 CHW AL 35 DH 5 5 SS
2013 TEX AL 36 C 119 111 107 1005.0 959 892 65 2 8 .998 7 -3 8 -3 8.57 8.04 .993 8.21 8.18 6 45 49 24 33% 26% 0
2013 TEX AL 36 DH 12 12
2014 TOT MLB 37 C 86 80 78 720.0 657 618 34 5 3 .992 -6 -11 -9 -18 8.15 7.58 .993 8.27 8.26 5 28 50 11 18% 27% 0
2014 BOS AL 37 C 64 60 58 540.0 495 464 28 3 2 .994 -4 -6 -8 -13 8.20 7.69 .993 8.22 8.21 5 20 38 9 19% 27% 0
2014 BOS AL 37 DH 5 5
2014 STL NL 37 C 22 20 20 180.0 162 154 6 2 1 .988 -2 -5 -13 -33 8.00 7.27 .992 8.41 8.40 0 8 12 2 14% 27% 0
17 Seasons C 1764 1669 1546 14892.2 12231 11413 756 62 89 .995 -29 -32 -2 -3 7.35 6.90 .992 7.38 7.31 92 609 971 315 24% 28% 7
6 Seasons DH 31 31
17 Seasons TOT 1764 1669 1546 14892.2 12231 11413 756 62 89 .995 -29 -32 -2 -2 7.35 6.90 .992 7.38 7.31 92 609 971 315 24% 28% 7
Lg Pos G GS CG Inn Ch PO A E DP Fld% Rtot Rdrs Rtot/yr Rdrs/yr RF/9 RF/G lgFld% lgRF9 lgRFG PB WP SB CS CS% lgCS% PO Awards
Note: Complete player games played data.
Fielding stats are a combination of official records and RetroSheet records. Both are likely to have substantial errors and will not match perfectly.
View Complete Notes on Fielding Data
Leagues historically made no effort to balance team, league, and player fielding stats. Since 1990 or so, computers have made this feasible, but prior to that there are hundreds or thousands of discrepancies each year in games played (even whether a player played a position), putouts, assists, double plays and errors.
  • Pre-1938 SB & CS data for catchers is estimated from catcher assists, games started and opposition stolen bases.
  • From 1938 on SB, CS, Pickoff, & WP data for catchers and pitchers is taken from play-by-play accounts in the retrosheet files. There are several hundred games without pbp from 1938 to 1973 and for those we may not have any data.
  • CG & GS come from the retrosheet data and should be complete and pretty accurate from 1914 on.
  • Innings played (like SB and CS) come from the retrosheet play-by-play data and should be considered mostly complete from 1938 to 1973 and complete from then on.
  • Stats (PO,A,G, etc) for LF-CF-RF positions (since 1914) is taken from play-by-play or box score data as available.
  • Stats (PO,A,G,etc) for C,P,1B,2B,3B,SS,OF positions is taken from the official reported totals and may have been corrected at various times since their publication.
  • For detailed information on which games retrosheet is missing play-by-play from 1938 to 1973, please see their most wanted games list
  • For detailed information on the availability of data on this site by year, see our data coverage page

Sabermetric Fielding

Year Tm Lg Age Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP
1998 MIN AL 21 C -1 -32 -1
1999 MIN AL 22 C 0 0 0
2000 MIN AL 23 C 0 0 0
2001 MIN AL 24 C 1 1 1
2002 MIN AL 25 C -1 -1 -1
2003 MIN AL 26 C -1 -1 -1 6 6 1 6 -1
2004 SFG NL 27 C -4 -5 -4 -2 -2 0 2 -3
2005 CHW AL 28 C -5 -5 -5 3 3 1 -5 0
2006 CHW AL 29 C -5 -5 -5 -3 -3 0 5 -2
2007 CHW AL 30 C -1 -1 -1 4 5 0 7 0
2008 CHW AL 31 C -8 -8 -8 -9 -10 1 -5 -3
2009 CHW AL 32 C -4 -4 -4 -5 -5 0 0 1 1
2010 CHW AL 33 C 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 4 2
2011 CHW AL 34 C -5 -6 -5 -9 -11 0 -1 -2 -3
2012 CHW AL 35 C 3 3 3 -5 -5 -1 2 2
2013 TEX AL 36 C 7 8 7 -3 -3 1 -2 0
2014 BOS AL 37 C -4 -8 0 -4 -6 -13 -3 -2
2014 STL NL 37 C -2 -13 0 -2 -5 -33 0 -1 -3
17 Seasons C -29 -2 0 -29 -32 -3 0 2 9 -12
17 Seasons TOT -34 -3 0 -34 -32 -2 0 2 9 -12
Lg Pos Rtot Rtot/yr Rtz Rtzhm Rtzrd Rdp Rof Rctch Rdrs Rdrs/yr Rpm Rdp Rbnt Rof Rhr RerC RsbC RsbP

Appearances

Year Tm Lg Age G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
1998 MIN AL 21 7 4 7 6 0 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
1999 MIN AL 22 9 6 9 9 0 9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2000 MIN AL 23 33 27 33 32 0 32 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0
2001 MIN AL 24 114 103 114 110 0 110 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 10 0
2002 MIN AL 25 130 118 130 124 0 124 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 11 0
2003 MIN AL 26 137 131 137 135 0 135 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2004 SFG NL 27 131 117 131 118 0 118 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 0
2005 CHW AL 28 128 124 128 128 0 128 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0
2006 CHW AL 29 140 126 140 132 0 132 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 0
2007 CHW AL 30 136 116 136 130 0 130 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 0
2008 CHW AL 31 134 127 134 131 0 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 0
2009 CHW AL 32 138 125 138 131 0 131 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 11 0
2010 CHW AL 33 128 123 128 127 0 127 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0
2011 CHW AL 34 129 119 129 120 0 120 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 8 0
2012 CHW AL 35 135 126 135 126 0 126 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 9 0
2013 TEX AL 36 134 123 134 119 0 119 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 12 11 0
2014 BOS AL 37 72 65 72 64 0 64 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 6 0
2014 STL NL 37 27 20 27 22 0 22 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
17 Seasons 1862 1700 1862 1764 0 1764 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 31 138 0
Lg G GS Batting Defense P C 1B 2B 3B SS LF CF RF OF DH PH PR
Appearances table is calculated solely from full RetroSheet play-by-play data available from 1973 on. A combination of RetroSheet (starting with the 1914 season) and non-RetroSheet data is used for other seasons.

Advanced Fielding -- C*

Pitching Stats Putouts Assists Errors Double Plays
Year Tm Lg Age PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%
1998 MIN AL 21 151 2.43 3.16 3 100% 0 0 33 3 1 1 28 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
1999 MIN AL 22 276 7.45 7.60 0 0 0 35 0 0 0 35 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
2000 MIN AL 23 1016 4.34 4.87 3 67% 0 0 160 2 0 3 155 10 0 0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 1 0%
2001 MIN AL 24 3833 4.50 4.82 35 89% 0 0 611 25 3 11 571 44 5 0 0 15 10 0 2 8 1 7 0 0 0 7 86%
2002 MIN AL 25 4371 4.08 4.42 38 97% 0 0 773 30 1 15 727 25 7 0 0 1 3 0 0 3 0 3 0 0 0 4 75%
2003 MIN AL 26 4915 4.15 4.39 48 90% 0 0 843 30 4 12 796 45 9 0 1 14 6 0 3 3 1 7 0 1 3 11 82%
2004 SFG NL 27 4407 4.23 4.68 42 93% 0 0 697 24 4 8 661 56 13 0 2 23 1 0 0 1 0 6 0 2 3 13 92%
2005 CHW AL 28 4663 3.74 3.95 38 92% 0 0 803 26 2 9 764 48 9 0 1 16 1 0 0 1 0 8 0 0 2 9 89%
2006 CHW AL 29 4852 4.47 4.82 30 93% 0 0 796 17 1 7 771 61 9 0 0 29 3 1 0 2 1 4 0 0 0 6 83%
2007 CHW AL 30 4551 4.41 4.81 38 97% 0 0 796 26 5 8 757 46 11 0 0 15 2 0 0 2 0 6 0 0 1 4 100%
2008 CHW AL 31 4865 4.17 4.65 34 88% 0 1 913 23 3 12 875 54 7 0 1 30 9 0 2 7 1 8 0 1 3 8 75%
2009 CHW AL 32 4735 4.08 4.57 21 100% 1 0 879 14 4 7 854 50 8 0 0 18 5 0 2 3 0 8 0 1 1 6 100%
2010 CHW AL 33 4650 3.95 4.22 36 89% 0 1 865 19 3 9 834 61 10 0 0 26 5 0 1 4 0 5 0 0 1 12 83%
2011 CHW AL 34 4283 4.04 4.31 33 82% 0 0 817 15 1 6 795 65 13 0 0 36 4 0 0 4 0 4 0 1 1 12 67%
2012 CHW AL 35 4523 4.06 4.23 30 93% 0 0 899 22 7 8 862 71 7 1 0 34 6 0 0 6 1 8 0 2 2 7 71%
2013 TEX AL 36 4206 3.60 3.93 18 94% 0 0 892 9 2 17 863 65 6 0 1 38 2 0 2 0 0 8 0 0 0 6 100%
2014 BOS AL 37 2304 4.12 4.43 8 100% 0 0 464 3 0 6 455 28 3 0 0 13 3 1 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 1 100%
2014 STL NL 37 761 4.20 4.35 9 100% 0 0 154 7 1 5 141 6 3 0 0 3 2 0 0 2 0 1 0 1 1 3 100%
17 Seasons 63362 4.13 4.46 464 92% 1 2 11430 295 42 144 10944 739 120 1 6 317 62 2 12 48 5 90 0 9 18 110 84%
MLB Averages 4.29 4.67 92% 85%
Lg PA ERA RAvg Fld F2O% XI FC Tot Cgt Frc Tag SO Tot 1B 2B 3B K23 Tot Cch Fld Thr ROE Tot 263 n23 GB bFld bF2O%

Advanced Fielding -- C Baserunning*

Year Tm Lg Age PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev
1998 MIN AL 21 0 4 56 4 1 1 20% 3 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 8 1 1.82 0.56
1999 MIN AL 22 1 3 120 1 1 1 50% 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 7 2 0.13 0.56
2000 MIN AL 23 2 10 393 10 6 5 38% 9 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 27 7 1.24 1.68
2001 MIN AL 24 4 35 1355 44 21 18 32% 38 20 6 0 0 1 2 0 117 27 1.36 1.25
2002 MIN AL 25 2 49 1555 45 19 15 30% 42 16 3 2 0 1 0 0 126 26 1.33 1.58
2003 MIN AL 26 5 48 1678 46 20 17 30% 43 16 2 3 1 1 0 0 132 28 1.10 1.19
2004 SFG NL 27 9 36 1640 51 15 11 23% 42 13 8 2 1 0 0 0 113 19 1.32 1.33
2005 CHW AL 28 7 45 1643 79 23 20 23% 72 22 7 1 0 0 1 0 161 31 1.21 1.37
2006 CHW AL 29 10 44 1757 90 25 20 22% 78 23 12 2 0 0 0 0 164 29 1.28 1.13
2007 CHW AL 30 14 32 1712 62 20 12 24% 55 18 7 2 0 0 0 0 141 27 1.50 1.22
2008 CHW AL 31 5 38 1725 96 21 11 18% 78 19 18 1 0 1 0 0 167 27 1.28 1.11
2009 CHW AL 32 7 44 1762 99 30 20 23% 75 28 24 2 0 0 1 0 187 41 1.42 1.46
2010 CHW AL 33 3 49 1687 75 27 16 26% 61 23 13 3 1 1 2 0 163 37 1.41 1.32
2011 CHW AL 34 4 45 1583 94 24 13 20% 84 19 10 3 0 2 0 0 194 34 1.35 1.46
2012 CHW AL 35 8 54 1556 76 27 19 26% 65 25 11 1 0 1 1 0 178 38 1.51 1.48
2013 TEX AL 36 6 45 1522 49 24 17 33% 42 23 6 1 1 0 0 0 139 29 1.35 1.27
2014 BOS AL 37 5 20 838 38 9 9 19% 35 8 3 1 0 0 0 0 74 10 1.37 1.07
2014 STL NL 37 0 8 250 12 2 0 14% 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 27 2 2.06 1.20
17 Seasons 92 609 22832 971 315 225 24% 834 282 132 25 5 8 7 0 2125 415 1.35 1.32
MLB Averages 29% 1.28 1.24
Lg PB WP SBO SB CS CSctch CS% SB2 CS2 SB3 CS3 SBH CSH PO PCS RBA RK SBlev CSlev



* - Disclaimer & Completeness Note

* Many Detailed Statistics are based on play-by-play accounts accumulated by RetroSheet. These totals may be incomplete (3.6% of all plays from 1938 to 1973 are missing or have incomplete accounts, click link for year and team summary of data completeness) for some players prior to 1974 and even complete seasons may not match the official totals due to errors in both the official totals and the play-by-play accounts. Pre-1954 seasons have a substantial numbers of games missing play-by-play accounts and should be viewed as essentially incomplete.

Appearances on Leader Boards, Awards, and Honors

Stats are Year-Value-Rank · Glossary

MVP (yr lg (rk, shr))
2006 AL (30, 0%)
0.00 Career Shares (1750th)

Silver Sluggers
2012 AL (C)

Weekly Awards (yr-week lg award)
2008 Apr 6th AL Player of the Week

Putoutss c a p y
Active  11,413 (7th)

Def. Games as C s c a p y
2002 AL  124 (5th)
2003 AL  135 (4th)
2007 AL  130 (3rd)
2008 AL  131 (3rd)
2009 AL  131 (3rd)
2010 AL  127 (1st)
2012 AL  126 (3rd)
2013 AL  119 (4th)
Active  1,764 (1st)
Career  1,764 (15th)

Putouts as C s c a p y
2002 AL  757 (4th)
2003 AL  843 (4th)
2005 AL  803 (3rd)
2006 AL  795 (4th)
2008 AL  913 (2nd)
2009 AL  879 (2nd)
2010 AL  865 (1st)
2012 AL  899 (3rd)
2013 AL  892 (4th)
Active  11,413 (1st)
Career  11,413 (5th)

Assists as C s c a p y
2006 AL  62 (3rd)
2008 AL  54 (4th)
2009 AL  50 (5th)
2010 AL  61 (2nd)
2012 AL  71 (1st)
2013 AL  65 (2nd)
Active  756 (1st)
Career  756 (84th)

Errors Committed as C s c a p y
2001 AL  10 (3rd)
2008 AL  9 (2nd)
2012 AL  6 (4th)
Active  62 (4th)

Double Plays Turned as C s c a p y
2005 AL  8 (1st)
2008 AL  8 (3rd)
2009 AL  8 (2nd)
2010 AL  5 (4th)
2012 AL  8 (1st)
2013 AL  8 (1st)
Active  89 (1st)
Career  89 (73rd)

Passed Balls s c a p y
2004 NL  9 (3rd)
2005 AL  7 (4th)
2006 AL  10 (5th)
2007 AL  14 (1st)
2012 AL  8 (5th)
Active  92 (2nd)

Stolen Bases Allowed as C s c a p y
2005 AL  79 (4th)
2006 AL  90 (2nd)
2008 AL  96 (2nd)
2009 AL  99 (2nd)
2010 AL  75 (3rd)
2011 AL  94 (3rd)
2012 AL  76 (3rd)
Active  971 (1st)
Career  971 (39th)

Caught Stealing as C s c a p y
2009 AL  30 (3rd)
2010 AL  27 (4th)
2012 AL  27 (3rd)
2013 AL  24 (2nd)
Active  315 (1st)

Caught Stealing %s c a p y
2013 AL  32.9 (5th)

Total Zone Runs as C s c a p y
2013 AL  7 (2nd)

Range Factor/9Inn as Cs c a p y
2012 AL  8.15 (5th)
Active  7.35 (23rd)
Career  7.35 (46th)

Range Factor/Game as C s c a p y
2003 AL  6.58 (4th)
2005 AL  6.65 (5th)
2008 AL  7.38 (2nd)
2010 AL  7.29 (2nd)
2012 AL  7.70 (4th)
Active  6.90 (19th)
Career  6.90 (34th)

Fielding % as C s c a p y
2002 AL  .996 (4th)
2004 NL  .999 (3rd)
2005 AL  .999 (1st)
2006 AL  .997 (3rd)
2007 AL  .998 (3rd)
2009 AL  .995 (5th)
2010 AL  .995 (2nd)
2011 AL  .995 (1st)
2012 AL  .994 (4th)
2013 AL  .998 (1st)
Active  .995 (5th)
Career  .995 (7th)

Youngest s c a p y
1998 AL  born 1976-12-30 (6th)

             

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