Anthony Recker

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Anthony Recker
Anthony Recker on July 23, 2015.jpg
Recker with the New York Mets in 2015
Atlanta Braves – No. 20
Catcher / First baseman
Born: (1983-08-29) August 29, 1983 (age 33)
Allentown, Pennsylvania
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 25, 2011, for the Oakland Athletics
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .200
Home runs 18
Runs batted in 70
Teams

Anthony Vito Recker (born August 29, 1983) is an American professional baseball catcher and first baseman for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Oakland Athletics, Chicago Cubs, New York Mets, and Cleveland Indians.

Baseball career[edit]

Amateur career[edit]

Born in Allentown, Pennsylvania, Recker was raised by mother Alicia and stepfather Kip.[1] He attended Catasauqua High School, where he also played football and basketball, and later continued his baseball career at Alvernia College, a small NCAA Division III school in Reading, Pennsylvania.[2][3] One of Recker's college teammates was Zach Lutz, and the pair were coached by Lutz's father.[4] While playing for the Crusaders, Recker spent some time on the mound, where he occasionally threw a knuckleball.[5][6] Despite growing up in Pennsylvania, Recker's favorite team growing up was the Oakland Athletics.[7]

Professional career[edit]

Oakland Athletics[edit]

2005 Draft[edit]

Recker was drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 18th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft out of Alvernia College. He began catching and, on occasion, playing first base professionally.

2011[edit]

On August 23, 2011, he was promoted to the major leagues for the first time.[8] He was named to the All-PCL Team in 2011.[9] He made the Athletics' 2012 Opening Day roster, but was optioned to the minor leagues in May.[10]

Chicago Cubs[edit]

2012[edit]
Recker playing for the Oakland Athletics in 2012 spring training

Recker was traded to the Cubs for Blake Lalli on August 27, 2012.[11]

New York Mets[edit]

2013[edit]

On October 24, 2012, Recker was designated for assignment.[12] He was claimed off waivers by the New York Mets the next day.[13]

Recker made the Mets' 2013 Opening Day roster as a backup catcher.[14] Although Recker is a position player, he pitched the ninth inning for the New York Mets to preserve their regular pitchers in a lopsided game on June 30, 2013, where the Mets were defeated by the Washington Nationals by a score of 13-2. The last position player to pitch for the Mets before Recker did so was catcher Rob Johnson on May 18, 2012.[15] He was optioned to the Triple-A Las Vegas 51s on August 19.[16] He was later called back up on August 28 as a back up to Travis d'Arnaud due to the trade that sent catcher John Buck and outfielder Marlon Byrd to the Pittsburgh Pirates.

2014[edit]

Recker made the Opening Day roster in 2014 as a backup to Mets' catcher Travis d'Arnaud.[17] On April 12, Recker hit a solo home run in the top of the 13th off Matt Shoemaker to break the 6-6 tie between the Mets and Angels and win the game for the Mets 7-6.

2015[edit]

Despite an early-season injury to Travis d'Arnaud, the Mets kept Recker as a backup catcher, and promoted prospect Kevin Plawecki to serve as the starter.[18] On May 14, Recker had his first career multi-homer game against the Chicago Cubs, a game that the Mets went on to lose.[19] On November 6, Recker was outrighted off the 40-man roster making him a free agent.[20] Recker hit .125 with two home runs, five RBIs in 80 at-bats in 32 games in 2015. From 2013 to 2015 as a Met, Recker hit 15 home runs in 140 games. However, Recker did manage to hit 8 home runs in just 108 plate appearances while playing for the Las Vegas 51s.

Cleveland Indians[edit]

2016[edit]

On November 27, 2015, Recker signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians, including an invitation to spring training.[21] He appeared in 19 games for the AAA Columbus Clippers.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

2016[edit]

Recker was traded to the Atlanta Braves on May 9, 2016 for cash considerations, and assigned to the Triple A Gwinnett Braves.[22] The Braves promoted Recker to the major leagues after an injury to Tyler Flowers.[23] On December 2, 2016, Recker and the Braves avoided salary arbitration by agreeing to an $800,000 contract for the 2017 season.[24]

Personal life[edit]

Recker married Kelly Shepardson on November 2, 2013.[25] His wife Kelly gave birth to their first child Camden Anthony Recker on December 29, 2014.[26]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Schuler, Jeff (May 10, 2012). "Catty's Anthony Recker has blossomed into major league catcher". Morning Call. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  2. ^ Dhillon, Jagdip (June 16, 2007). "With coaching, Ports catcher is developing his talent". The Record. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  3. ^ Joyce, Greg (September 10, 2014). "Catasauqua's Anthony Recker enjoying full season with New York Mets". The Express Times. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  4. ^ Vorkunov, Mike (February 25, 2014). "Mets Zach Lutz and Anthony Recker go from Division 3 college teammates to big leagues". NJ.com. Retrieved May 11, 2016. 
  5. ^ Carig, Marc (June 30, 2013). "Catcher Anthony Recker pitches in blowout loss". Newsday. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  6. ^ Hutchinson, Dave (June 30, 2013). "Mets catcher Anthony Recker gets chance to pitch in blowout loss". NJ.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  7. ^ Schuler, Jeff (August 23, 2011). "Catty's Recker getting his major league chance with Oakland". The Morning Call. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  8. ^ "A's Select C Anthony Recker from Sacramento". MLB.com. August 23, 2011. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  9. ^ http://www.i70baseball.com/2011/08/29/2011-all-pcl-team-announced/
  10. ^ Schuler, Jeff (January 3, 2013). "Catasauqua's Anthony Recker ready for fresh start with New York Mets". The Morning Call. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  11. ^ "Cubs get Anthony Recker from A's for Blake Lalli". The Morning Call. Associated Press. August 27, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  12. ^ Kruth, Cash (October 24, 2012). "Cubs claim Gutierrez off waivers, designate Recker". MLB.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  13. ^ "New York Mets claim Catasauqua graduate Anthony Recker off waivers". Express Times. October 25, 2012. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  14. ^ Housenick, Mandy (April 13, 2013). "Catty's Recker eager to prove he belongs". The Morning Call. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  15. ^ Iseman, Chris (June 30, 2013). "Mets backup catcher Recker pitches in". MLB.com. Retrieved May 15, 2016. 
  16. ^ Erickson, Kelly (August 19, 2013). "Mets keeping d'Arnaud; Recker optioned". MLB.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ DiComo, Anthony (March 30, 2014). "Mets finalize 25-man roster for Opening Day". MLB.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  18. ^ "Catasauqua grad Anthony Recker to remain in backup role for Mets despite injury to Travis d'Arnaud". The Morning Call. Associated Press. April 21, 2015. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  19. ^ "Recker hits 2 HRs, but passed ball sinks Mets". mlb.com. Retrieved May 15, 2015. 
  20. ^ http://espn.go.com/blog/new-york/mets/post/_/id/113162/anthony-recker-wilfredo-tovar-removed-from-40-man-roster
  21. ^ McCarron, Anthony (November 27, 2015). "Ex-Mets catcher Anthony Recker inks minor-league deal with Cleveland Indians". New York Daily News. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kruth, Cash (May 9, 2016). "Braves acquire catcher Recker from Indians". MLB.com. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  23. ^ Bowman, Mark. "Braves seeking solution to catching duties". MLB.com. Retrieved July 18, 2016. 
  24. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 2, 2016). "Braves agree to deals with Recker, Rodriguez". MLB.com. Retrieved December 3, 2016. 
  25. ^ Keh, Andrew (February 18, 2013). "There Are Rings in Mets' Future". New York Times. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 
  26. ^ Ivice, Paul (February 11, 2015). "First-time dad and Mets No. 2 catcher Anthony Recker looks for ways to improve". Newsday. Retrieved May 10, 2016. 

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