We continue our 2014 Mets Season in Review series with catcher, Anthony Recker.
Recker continued in role of reserve catcher for the Mets in 2014. He appeared in 58 games, logging 189 plate appearances. For most of 2014, Recker backed up Travis d’Arnaud. Recker is basically the quintessential backup catcher; he provides generally solid defense, works well with the pitching staff, and provides occasional power at the plate.
Aug 31, 2014; New York, NY, USA; New York Mets catcher Anthony Recker (20) bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during a game at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports
How he fared in 2014:
Recker hit for a .201 average. He had an OBP of .246 and a slugging percentage of .374. He slugged 7 home runs and drove in 27 runs. Recker seemed to have a penchant for hitting the “big” home run. For example, he belted a 3-run home run to give the Mets a win against the Phillies on August 11th, then did the same thing against the Phillies at Citi on August 31st. On September 7th, Recker delivered a key 2-run home run that proved to be the margin of victory in a game against the Reds in Cincinnati. Recker did not get many hits, but he had a way of making them count.
Areas to improve upon:
Recker needs to hit for a higher average to add to his value proposition. He is a career .197 hitter over parts of four seasons in the majors. An average like that will never earn him a starting role, however increasing his average to around .230 could make him even more valuable coming off the bench to spell the starter.
Projected Role in 2015:
There’s a fair chance that Recker will return to the Mets as a reserve catcher. The Mets likely don’t see d’Arnaud nor Kevin Plawecki as a backup. One will probably start, and the other may be traded in a package for a hitter. Recker’s competition at this point appears to be Juan Centeno, whose inexperience may limit him as a competitor for the role.
Contract Status and Trade Rumors:
Recker is still not arbitration eligible. He earned just over $500,000 last year, making him a value for the role he fills for the Mets. His being under team control will be an important factor in the decision to retain or release him. Again, my bet is that the Mets retain Anthony Recker in 2015.