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A.J. Pierzynski
Full Name: Anthony John Pierzynski
Bats: Left Throws: Right
Height: 6-3 Weight: 218
Born: Dec 30, 1976 in Bridgehampton, New York
College: None
Major League Debut: Sep 9, 1998

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CAREER BATTING STATISTICS
 BATTING
YEAR TEAM LG AVG G AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K OBP SLG
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Min
Min
Min
Min
Min
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
.300
.273
.307
.289
.300
7
9
33
114
130
10
22
88
381
440
1
3
12
51
54
3
6
27
110
132
0
2
5
33
31
0
0
1
2
6
0
0
2
7
6
1
3
11
55
49
1
1
5
16
13
2
4
14
57
61
.385
.333
.354
.322
.334
.300
.364
.455
.441
.439
Totals AVG
.295
G
293
AB
941
R
121
H
278
2B
71
3B
9
HR
15
RBI
119
BB
36
K
138
OBP
.332
SLG
.438

 BATTINGBASERUNNINGMISC
YEAR TEAM LG HBP GDP TB IBB SH SF SB CS SB% AB/HR AB/K
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Min
Min
Min
Min
Min
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
1
1
2
4
11
0
0
1
7
14
3
8
40
168
193
0
0
0
4
1
0
0
0
1
2
1
0
1
3
3
0
0
1
1
1
0
0
0
7
2
-.---
-.---
1.000
.125
.333
--.-
--.-
44.0
54.4
73.3
5.0
5.5
6.3
6.7
7.2
Totals HBP
19
GDP
22
TB
412
IBB
5
SH
3
SF
8
SB
3
CS
9
SB%
.250
AB/HR
62.7
AB/K
6.8


CAREER FIELDING STATISTICS
YEAR TEAM LG POS G Ch PO A E DP FPCT
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
Min
Min
Min
Min
Min
AL
AL
AL
AL
AL
C
C
C
C
C
6
9
32
110

35
37
170
665

33
35
160
611

2
2
10
44

0
0
0
10

1
1
3
7

1.000
1.000
1.000
0.985
-.---
Totals G
157
Ch
907
PO
839
A
58
E
10
DP
12
FPCT
0.989



Biography

When 2001 began, few baseball fans knew how to spell Pierzynski and Mintkiewicz, let alone tell you what position they played. Well, that has changed in a big way. A.J. (the catcher) and his teammate Doug (the first baseman) were two of the biggest reasons why the Twins vaulted to the top of the American League's Central Division during the first half of the season. A.J. played every day against right-handed pitchers and was especially tough in June when he hit a torrid .372, with two home runs and 15 RBI, in 23 games. A free swinger, he generally hits for a high average when putting the first pitch into play. A.J. finished third on the team in doubles (33) as he hit a solid .289, with seven homers and 55 RBI.

A.J., which stands for Anthony John, began 2000 in New Britain (AA), before jumping to Salt Lake (AAA) and finally Minnesota. Recalled by the Twins on August 12, he secured the regular catching job after Chad Moeller went down with a knee injury and didn't disappoint. A.J. hit .333 in September, finishing his first extended bit of major-league action at .307, with two homers and 11 RBI, in 33 games. He also threw out five of the 13 runners (38 percent) who attempted to steal off him. A.J. was a third-round draft choice of the Twins in June 1994 out of Dr. Phillips High School in Orlando, Fla.