After a solid start to his career with the Texas Rangers this season, longtime White Sox catcher A.J. Pierzynski/baseball heel began to cool off pretty dramatically at the plate, eventually needing a stint on the disabled list.
Since his return, though, Pierzynski has been one of the top hitters on the team and has been one of the few guys producing at the plate.
In fact, since his return from the DL on May 21, he's made 14 starts and played in 17 games with some pinch-hitting appearances. In that stretch, Pierzynski is hitting .367 with seven doubles and five RBIs. After Monday's 2-for-4 night, Piezynski now has eight mult-hit games in that time. Prior to his DL stint, he was hitting .263 and now has his season average up to .303, good for second on the team among regulars behind Adrian Beltre.
Pierzynski is a free agent after this season after signing a one-year deal in the winter, and with the Rangers' catching prospects such as Jorge Alfaro performing in the farm system, it's unclear what the future holds for the 16-year veteran Pierzynski, but it's pretty clear he is enjoying his time in Texas and the Rangers are certainly enjoying his production and the way he works with the team's pitchers.