A.J. Pierzynski
A.J. Pierzynski

A.J. Pierzynski (C)

Free Agent

Bats: L   Throws: R

A.J. Pierzynski was placed on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

Fantasy Impact: There have been rumors of his retirement, and he's likely to be shutdown for the remainder of the season. It's been an impressive career overall for the 39-year-old backstop, but he's struggled this season to the tune of a .547 OPS.

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The Braves managed to secure a victory despite the continued poor play from catcher, A.J. Pierzynski. He went 0-for-4 in the game after getting two hits the day before.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski is still way off the fantasy radar with continued poor outings. He's only batting .197 and has yet to go yard this season. He may serve as a decent replacement on your starters off day but that's about all your gonna get out of Pierzynski.

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Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with a RBI double and a run scored in the Braves' 3-0 win over the Mets on Tuesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski got the start over Tyler Flowers against RHP Matt Harvey. His third double of the year came in the sixth driving in Kelly Johnson. He should continue to get playing time as Flowers' hot start nose dived into slashing .105/.190/.105 over his last seven games. Pierzynski still is nothing more than a cheap DFS play.

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A.J. Pierzyski went 0-for-4 on Sunday. The Braves tried to mount a comeback but fell short, losing 3-2. Atlanta will host the Boston Red Sox Monday night.

Fantasy Impact: The 39-year-old veteran can't seem to find his way out of his early season slump. He's batting .233 with four RBI and one SB. Pierzynski is not a desirable fantasy asset at this point.

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Pierzynski went 2-for-4 with two singles in the Braves' 3-0 loss to the Nationals on Wednesday night.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski is splitting time with Tyler Flowers in a straight up catching platoon. The veteran can still occasionally rake but he's no-where near worth owning or even using in DFS formats.

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David O'Brien of the AJC is reporting that Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers will share catching duties this year. When asked about it, Pierzynski said the ideal split would be 80 games each. (Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski's fantasy value will take a major hit with this news. He is coming off a good year in which he had a .300/.339/.430 slash line with nine homers and 49 RBI in 113 games. Obviously, those in deeper leagues will need to adjust their rankings.

A.J. Pierzynski went 2-4 on Monday against the Mets. Pierzynski was a lone bright spot for the Braves in their scoreless loss.

Fantasy Impact: The Atlanta Braves continue to struggle to produce runs. However, Pierzynski continues to be a productive option when in the lineup. Pierzynski is currently batting .294.

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Pierzynski went 3-4 on Tuesday against the Blue Jays. Pierzynski helped rally the Braves in the last inning, leading to a walk off win.

Fantasy Impact: When Pierzynski is in the starting lineup, he is usually a productive option behind the plate.

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A.J. Pierzynski was out of the lineup again Sunday, giving way to Christian Bethancourt.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski continues to see frequent rest as the Braves give plenty of playing time to the younger Bethancourt, who is expected to be the team's future at the position. This limits Pierzynski's upside over the remainder of the season. Those using him in daily lineups will want to make sure to confirm his playing status before lineups lock.

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Pierzynski produced one of only two Atlanta Braves hits, against the Nationals on Thursday.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski has been continually in and out of Atlanta's lineup, as they try to give their youngsters plenty of opportunity. When Pierzynski plays, he is typically a productive option.

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A.J. Pierzynski went 1-for-4 with an RBI during Sunday's loss to the Yankees.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski continues to provide value in a shallow position. The veteran has maintained a solid average this season (.293), and has continued to get on base at a better-than-average rate.

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Pierzynski will catch and bat clean-up for the Braves on Saturday. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski is batting .289 in limited action this season and stands as a nice bat to plug into fantasy lineups.

A.J. Pierzynski goes 0-for-4 in the loss to the Marlins ending his 13 game hitting streak.

Fantasy Impact: A.J. Pierzynski will still be a viable option at catcher for DFS players. Look for him to be a nice low owned option for a few games until another hitting streak is started.

Pierzynksi went 3-for-4 including his 17th double of the year in the Braves 9-3 loss to the Phillies.

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski is a great matchup option in daily leagues as he continues to punish RHPs to the tune of .301/.458/.788 on the season. Not bad for a platoon catcher. Make sure you check lineup before first pitch to make sure the veteran isn't given a day of rest.

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In another phenomenal pitching match up for the Braves they could still only muster up one run. That run came off an A.J. Pierzynski RBI single in the 3rd inning.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves have no offensive rhythm at all right now. With players that can put the bat on the ball this team still cannot find a way to score runs. Fantasy point production seems to be dropping with each passing game which is a cause for concern among fantasy players.

AJ Pierzynski will be batting fifth tonight against RHP Aaron Harang and the Phillies tonight. (Source: Atlanta Braves on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Pierzynski has some sneaky value related to DFS leagues while facing RHPs. If you are looking for a cheap option tonight, AJ can be your guy if you want to squeeze some cash and use elsewhere in your lineup.

In another game where the Braves offense was out of sync, the one player that has been consistent for them went without a hit. A.J. Pierzynski finished the night going 0-for-2 with a walk. The hitless night dropped his batting average to .277 with a .316 OBP.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves offense still shows no signs of consistency. Right now the Braves are a team to avoid in any DFS line-up.

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The Braves Catcher was 1-for-2 in the loss to the Cubs Saturday. The bright spot was that the hit also broke up the no-hitter that Cubs pitcher Jon Lester was throwing.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves offense is just out of sync. DFS players will start targeting pitchers that play against the Braves and for good reason. A cheap GPP pitcher would be ideal going against the Braves right now.

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A.J. Perzynski provided a RBI in the loss to the Rockies Sunday going just 1-for-4 with a strikeout.

Fantasy Impact: The Braves showed no offensive spark in their trip to Coors Field, losing all 4 games. For the DFS player that likes to stack teams at Coors Field, the Braves were a huge disappointment in this 4 game series. The Braves will have some time off for the All-Star break before starting back up again Friday against the Cubs.

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A.J. Pierzynski with another solid outing on Tuesday night going 3-for-4 with a home run in the Braves win.

Fantasy Impact: DFS players that usually cannot find value in the catcher position can start to look at A.J. Pierzynski to fill that void. He will have low ownership for now, but will start to gain ownership momentum if he stays on this hot streak.

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A.J. Pierzynski went 3-for-4 in the Braves loss to the Phillies. The Braves catcher finished with two singles and a double.

Fantasy Impact: For the DFS player, catcher is a spot that people look to fill with decent production. Today's performance by A.J. Pierzynski surely will help his case in future DFS lineup decisions.

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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.