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Are the White Sox going to let A.J. Pierzynski walk?

Nov 4, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

A.J. Pierzynski

Jim Bowden reports — that always sounds weird, by the way — that the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J. Pierzynski. And maybe they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years when he doesn’t really deserve them.  But it does leave me wondering what the Sox plan on doing at catcher.

Why? Because while everyone has assumed for a couple of years that prospect Tyler Flowers would take over behind the plate once A.J. was gone, he didn’t have a great year in Charlotte, regressing pretty substantially after an outstanding 2009 split between Triple-A and Double-A.  I saw him once when the Knights came to Columbus and, while I’m no scout, he had some pretty terrible-looking at bats.

Catcher take awhile to develop, but Flowers is going to be 25 in January.  Can he be trusted to simply step in and competently handle the catching duties for the White Sox? And if not, who is going to be there to pick him up when he falters?  A.J. Pierzynski? Someone else?

  1. jemassociates - Nov 4, 2010 at 8:06 PM

    “…he has decline a great deal”

    Really? Where?

    A.J.’s career BA is .284. In ’09, he hit .330, in ’10, .270. Together the two years equal his career BA.

    He’s average 9.2 HRs over his career. In ’10, he hit 9, in 10 less games than ’09, when he hit 13. He also drove in seven more runs in ’10 than ’09. Where’s the “great decline.

    In ’10, he threw out 26% of the runners who tried to steal, his best since ’03. His career throw out rate is 25%. And his fielding average in each of the last two years was .995, exactly at his career average.

    Maybe he should go before what you call his “great decline” sets in but it’s not here yet.

  2. rottmom - Nov 4, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    they are talking about Flowers declining, didn’t you read the article

    • jemassociates - Nov 5, 2010 at 7:33 AM

      I suggest you read it.

      “…the White Sox have not yet offered a contract to free agent catcher A.J Pierzynski. And may be they shouldn’t, because he has declined a great deal and he probably wants multiple years….”

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