- Don’t Trust Anthony Recker
The Atlanta Braves again seem to be settling for a minor league player with Anthony Recker instead of going out and shoring up their bench. It is these type of decisions for those that are paying attention that point to the Braves not gearing up to compete but remaining patient and continuing to wait on their farm to develop and help them compete.
While that is a solid strategy the Braves have a unique situation with Tyler Flowers, Flowers is a borderline starting catcher who can start the majority of the time split time with another catcher or be the guy. Either way the Braves will be sending out two different catchers with regularity. Anthony Recker should not be one of those guys regardless of the resurgence he had over thirty games with Atlanta.
He is a career Mendoza line hitter who has already been moved on from by several organizations and for good reason. He is a borderline major leaguer and shouldn’t be a starting player for a contending team. If the Braves are wanting to take the next step they need to finish the bench backing up key positions both in the outfield and behind or ahead of Tyler Flowers. These moves may not be flashy but they are important and will allow any star players that the Braves do bring in or develop to make a difference.