Atlanta Braves Acquire Catcher Anthony Recker


The Atlanta Braves have acquired Cleveland Indians catcher, Anthony Recker. Who is he and what does this mean for the Braves?

On Monday, May 9, the Cleveland Indians traded minor-league catcher, Anthony Recker, to the Atlanta Braves.

The Braves acquired Recker through cash considerations. He will report to the Gwinnett Braves team, since the Atlanta Braves major league team is already preoccupied with both Tyler Flowers and A.J. Pierzynski.

Who is Anthony Recker?

Recker, 32, began his baseball endeavors at Alvernia College in Reading, Pennsylvania.

In 2005, he was drafted by his favorite team, the Oakland Athletics, in the 18th round of the Major League Baseball Draft. He began his professional career as a catcher and occasionally playing first base.

It wasn’t until August of 2011 when Recker first saw the major leagues. That same year, he was named to the All-PCL team.

In 2012, he was traded to the Chicago Cubs in exchange for Blake Lalli. Oddly enough, Lalli is currently a catcher and first baseman for the Gwinnet Braves.

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Recker was claimed off waiver by the New York Mets in late 2012, and saw his first game with the Mets in April of 2013.

He had his first career multi-homer game against his former team, the Chicago Cubs, though the Mets ended up losing the game.

In his 32 games played in 2015, Recker hit .125 with a total of two home runs.

Later in 2015, Recker became a free agent, and signed a contract with the Cleveland Indians.

What does this mean for the Atlanta Braves?

No one wants to focus on the fact that they have had the worst start in all of franchise history this season.

Recker holds a lot of potential, especially since Flowers and Pierzynski have been less than impressive so far.

So far this season, Recker has batted .246, had two home runs and 10 RBI in the 19 games he played for the Cleveland Indians.

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There is one stigma that looms over Recker and a future with the Atlanta Braves. He’s notorious for not hitting well in the major leagues.

This could be more of the same for the Atlanta Braves, with more undeveloped potential.