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A.J. Pierzynski (C)

Atlanta Braves - 18% owned

Bats: L, Throws: R

He's been rather chilly at the plate since he started the season with a 13-game hitting streak but he still sports a productive slash line which sits at .276/.315/.425 to go along with four homers and 21 RBI.

Fantasy Impact: For most leagues there should be better options on the waiver but for others he is an option as a second catcher.


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Pierzynski hit a pinch-hit home run off D'Backs closer Brad Ziegler in the ninth inning Wednesday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski had the day off with the Braves giving Christian Bethancourt another look. After slowing down from his initial torrid start, Pierzynski has bounced back despite having a decreased role with a four-game hitting streak -- two of those being pinch hits. He feasts on RHPs and should be sat verses lefties (.188 SLG). Although he has the eighth most RBIs among catchers, he is still in a platoon situation with Bethancourt and must be used accordingly.


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It's now a 12-game streak for the 38-year-old, who carries an astounding .408 batting average this season.

Fantasy Impact: Ride the bat while it's hot but don't drop a good player for a mediocre one. Pierzynski will revert to career averages. think .280 not .408. And the Braves have never said what their plans are for 'primary' catcher Christian Bethancourt.


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His stats are just unreal. He has a slash line of .439/.458/.732 and a wOBA of .493, which is ridiculous and a wRC+ of 221. He has taken over the catching position from Christian Bethancourt, although the Braves have made no such announcement. He also scored one run tonight.

Fantasy Impact: In fantasy, you go with the hot hand. Some leagues have two catchers, some only one. He is owned in less than a third of all leagues. Just understand that Pierzynski is nothing more than an average hitter and his numbers will eventually return to the norm.


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Pierzynski is obviously the favored catcher for the Braves, playing almost every game in place of Christian Bethancourt, and taking advantage of that by hitting a cool .382 on the year. He also scored a run today and had no strikeouts.

Fantasy Impact: It would not be a surprise to see Bethancourt sent to Triple-A, just to get regular playing time. The Braves obviously will play the hot hand, even though Bethancourt will get the nod tomorrow.


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The Braves are compelled to play Pierzynski and his hot bat, despite their belief that Christian Bethancourt is the long-term answer at catcher. He carries an amazing .407 batting average into Philadelphia next.

Fantasy Impact: If you decide to pick him up, just do so with the knowledge the run won't last, but it could be a fun ride. He has no long-term fantasy value.


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Pierzynski has the hot bat and the Braves are playing him, but Christian Bethancourt is the future for the Braves. He is batting a torrid .391 and until that subsides, he will continue to see time on the field.

Fantasy Impact: He won't steam-roll through the season like this and whatever temporary reward you gain now will surely fade away in the near future.


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Pierzynski is hitting .400 on the year but his playing time will be limited in the backup role he has with the Braves. It's his second home run of the young season.

Fantasy Impact: He is just a steady player who gets the job done but the drawback is limited opportunities due to his backup role.


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Suddenly the news is all about the Braves. Pierzynski is a strong backup for Christian Bethancourt and those two are both capable hitters.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves are 3-0, it's as if they are all fantasy producers. But they will come down to earth, and Pierzynski has little fantasy value due to his playing time.


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Pierzynski will back up Christian Bethancourt, which allows the Braves tremendous flexibility with Evan Gattis, at a very affordable price of $2 million plus incentives for the 1-yr contract. (Source: Jon Heyman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski will mostly be a non-factor in fantasy circles, but his signing will allow the Braves to play Evan Gattis in LF. The Braves love Gattis' bat, but he is not a natural outfielder. But he will be eligible for both the LF and C positions in leagues for 2015. This makes Gattis more interesting as he could be a mid to late rounder offering a .810 OPS for owners in the C slot.