Anthony Recker, Catcher, Atlanta Braves
Date of Birth: 8/29/1983
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania
College: Alvernia College
Anthony Recker, catcher for the Atlanta Braves, was first drafted by the Oakland Athletics in 2005. He played in the Athletics' minor league system from 2005 through most of 2012, playing in just five games with the team in 2011. After 13 games with the Athletics in 2012, they traded him to the Chicago Cubs at the end of August. He then played in nine games with the Cubs, spending the rest of his time in the minor leagues.
In October, 2012, Recker was designated for assignment by the Cubs and then claimed off waivers by the New York Mets. In 2013, he played in 50 games with the Mets, finishing the season with 29 hits and a .215 batting average. He finished the 2014 season with 35 hits and a .201 batting average in 58 games.
Recker split his time in 2015 between the Mets and the minors. He played in 32 games with the Mets and he batted just .125.
Recker signed a minor league contract with the Cleveland Indians on November 27, 2015. He was traded to the Braves on May 9, 2016. He spent most of the 2016 season in the minors, joining the Braves for just 33 games.
The Braves designated Recker for assignment on May 20, 2017.
Career batting statistics for Recker through 2016 include:
- 200 games played
- 109 hits
- 70 RBIs
- 192 strikeouts to 60 walks
- .200 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Recker as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 168 games played
- 70 assists
- 1,145 putouts
- 12 errors
- .258 caught stealing percentage
- .990 fielding percentage
Recker and his wife Kelly were married on November 2, 2013. They have one child.