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matt pagnozzi, 2012 Choice Columbus Clippers

Player: Pagnozzi, Matt

Card: 2012 Choice Columbus Clippers #25

Position: C

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Matthew Thomas Pagnozzi (born November 10, 1982 in Miami, AZ) is a 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.

Matt attended Central Arizona College. The St. Louis Cardinals selected him in the eighth round of the 2003 June amateur draft as the 245th pick overall. He 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. Matt hit his first major league home run on September 28, 2010, against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On September 14, 2011, Pagnozzi was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates. He was 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 was due to the large number of injuries sustained by the team. Matt is on Twitter @MattPagnozzi.

Matt's uncle, Tom Pagnozzi, was a three-time Gold Glove winning catcher for the Cardinals from 1987 through 1998.

(Excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


Image from MLB.com


Matt is part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Matt is also part of the Pittsburgh Pirates Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See Matt’s baseball cards at TCDB

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