With d’Arnaud likely starting the season in the minor leagues in order to stall the clock on his major league service time that will stall his arbitration eligibility by one season – John Buck will be the Mets starting catcher until that time has been so deemed.
This means that until then, there is an opportunity for another backup to show what he has on the major league level. That man is likely to be Anthony Recker, who is presently the third Mets catcher on the 40 man roster.
Recker is no spring chicken. He’s 29 years old and will be turning 30 later on this season. He’s been a career minor leaguer with very limited major league action. In parts of two seasons in 2011 and 2012, he’s had a grand total of 66 major league at bats and has 10 hits – a .152 clip with a .282 OBP.
His minor league production has been better. In eight minor league seasons, he’s hit .272 with a .351 OBP with 99 home runs, including .277 with 47 home runs at AAA.
With the very limited opportunity he’s been presented at the major league level, it’s yet to be determined if he can translate anything to the major league level (although 22 of his 66 MLB at bats resulted in strikeouts).
This is his chance to seize the opportunity in the majors.