Matt Pagnozzi
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Matt Pagnozzi
Matt Pagnozzi
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Pagnozzi with the St. Louis Cardinals
Born: (1982-11-10) November 10, 1982 (age 37)
Miami, Arizona
Batted: Right Threw: Right
MLB debut
September 29, 2009, for the St. Louis Cardinals
Last MLB appearance
September 7, 2014, for the Milwaukee Brewers
MLB statistics
Batting average.272
Home runs1
Runs batted in13

Matthew Thomas Pagnozzi (born November 10, 1982) is an American former professional baseball catcher who played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals, Colorado Rockies, Pittsburgh Pirates, Houston Astros, and Milwaukee Brewers.

Pagnozzi attended Highland High School in Gilbert, Arizona, and then Central Arizona College. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the eighth round of the 2003 June amateur draft as the 245th pick overall.[1]


St. Louis Cardinals

Pagnozzi made his professional baseball debut with the New Jersey Cardinals of the New York-Penn League. By 2008, he had advanced to the Memphis Redbirds, the AAA affiliate of the St. Louis Cardinals. In September 2009, the Cardinals called him up to the major leagues when rosters expanded. He made his MLB league debut on September 29, 2009, appearing as a pinch hitter and drawing a walk.[2] Pagnozzi hit his first major league home run on September 28, 2010, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Colorado Rockies

On November 29, 2010, Pagnozzi signed a minor league contract with the Colorado Rockies.[3] He was purchased on June 17, 2011.[4]

Pittsburgh Pirates

On Wednesday September 14, 2011, Pagnozzi was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates had previously tried to acquire Pagnozzi in June 2011, after catchers Ryan Doumit and Chris Snyder went down with injuries. Those talks failed, and the Pirates instead received Michael McKenry from the Boston Red Sox.[5] Pagnozzi was set be the 52nd player to appear in a game for the Pirates in 2011, breaking the franchise record of 51 players set the year before. The record number of players to appear on the team is due to the large number of injuries sustained by the team in 2011.[6]

Cleveland Indians

Pagnozzi signed a minor-league contract with the Cleveland Indians on December 2, 2011. His contract included an invitation to major-league spring training.

Atlanta Braves

On December 4, 2012, Pagnozzi signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves with an invitation to spring training. He was expected to provide depth at catcher and serve as a back-up to Gerald Laird while Brian McCann missed the month of April with injury, but Pagnozzi was passed on the depth charts due to the emergence of Evan Gattis.[7] As a result, Pagnozzi spent the majority of the 2013 season with AAA Gwinnett.

Houston Astros

On September 3, 2013 Pagnozzi was traded to the Houston Astros for cash considerations.[8] He was outrighted off the roster on October 2, 2013 and elected free agency the next day.[9]

Milwaukee Brewers

Pagnozzi signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers on December 4, 2013. He played the entire 2014 season with the Triple-A Nashville Sounds, before having his contract purchased by the Brewers on September 1. He was outrighted off the roster on October 2, 2014, and elected free agency on October 12.[10]

Arizona Diamondbacks

On November 6, 2014 Pagnozzi signed a minor league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

Personal life

His uncle, Tom Pagnozzi, was a three-time Gold Glove winning catcher for the Cardinals from 1987 through 1998.[11]


  1. ^ Matt Pagnozzi at The Baseball Cube
  2. ^ Box score Sept. 29
  3. ^ Renck, Troy E. (November 29, 2010). "Rockies consider adding pitcher Carl Pavano". The Denver Post. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Jose Morales: Rockies place C Morales on 60-day DL". Rotoworld. Retrieved 2011.
  5. ^ Rob Biertempfel (September 16, 2011). "Pirates kick tires on another catcher". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Archived from the original on January 31, 2013. Retrieved 2011.
  6. ^ Rob Biertempfel (September 16, 2011). "52 play for Pirates". Pittsburgh Tribune Review. Archived from the original on September 9, 2012. Retrieved 2011.
  7. ^ O'Brien, David (December 4, 2012). "Braves sign catcher Pagnozzi for depth". Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Archived from the original on March 5, 2013. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved .CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. ^ October 2013 minor league transactions
  10. ^ Creech, Edward (October 12, 2014). "Minor moves: Reimold, Wilson, Cedeno, Bianchi, Pagnozzi". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved 2014.
  11. ^ profile

External links

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