Anthony Recker signed a minor league contract with the Indians prior to the 2016 season and spent all of April with their Triple-A affiliate before being shipped to the Braves to provide depth behind A.J. Pierzynski and Tyler Flowers. He hit to a decent pace with Triple-A Gwinnett before being promoted to the Braves in July after Flowers was placed on the disabled list. The veteran catcher started 26 games for the Braves and put together the best offensive season of his MLB career. In 112 plate appearances, the 33-year-old cut his strikeout rate in half (from 38 percent to 19.6 percent) and posted the highest walk rate (14.3 percent) of his career. Despite his improvements at the plate, Recker is best reserved for deep two-catcher leagues, as he does not project to see more than a start or two per week behind Flowers.
Recker was recalled from Triple-A Gwinnett on Sunday. Recker was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett roughly two weeks ago, but the Braves have decided to roster three catchers to open the 2017 season. The 33-year-old's opening stint with the big-league club may be short-lived, and he isn't likely to see much playing time.
Recker was optioned to Triple-A Gwinnett on Monday. This isn't entirely surprising, as the 33-year-old dropped to third in the catcher pecking order after the Braves acquired Kurt Suzuki in the offseason. Recker is just a .200/.284/.350 career hitter, so he'll serve as organizational depth in 2017.
Recker agreed to a one-year, $800,000 contract with the Braves on Friday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports. The 33-year-old will provide low-cost catching depth for the Braves, perhaps serving as the primary backup to Tyler Flowers to begin 2017. He enjoyed his best offensive season in 2016, batting .278/.394/.433, but he's a .200/.284/.350 career hitter and has never logged more than 189 plate appearances in a season.
Recker went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in the seventh inning off Mets starter Bartolo Colon, sparking a comeback for a 4-3 win. Colon had been dominating the Braves lineup through six innings, but Recker turned around and cut the lead to 3-2 with his second home run of the season. The veteran catcher is hitting a solid .286 on the year, although he's scored just four runs in 81 at-bats.
Recker (personal) went 2-for-4 with a pair of RBI singles in Saturday's 7-3 victory over the Nationals. The backstop made a successful return from the paternity list, driving in Adonis Garcia with a fifth-inning hit and adding a seventh-inning single that plated Matt Kemp and extended the Atlanta lead to the final margin of 7-3. Recker has hit safely in four of the six September games he's been active for, with five RBI over that span.
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