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Athletics Nation Oct 13, 2014

Not just lottery tickets: Athletics catchers

Since 2012, the Oakland Athletics filled the batting order not with players it drafted, but players it acquired in trade, as castoffs from other organizations, or occasionally as a free agent. In 2012, of the 1,440 regular season starts available to non-pitchers in an American League batting order, only 220 (15%) were made by players drafted by the Oakland Athletics: Kurt Suzuki (72 starts), Anthony Recker (10), Jemile Weeks (112), and Cliff Pennington (26). The 2013 team say only 17 homegrown starts by non-pitchers out of 1,438 starts (1%): Kurt Suzuki (9), Grant Green (5), and Michael...

Offseason evaluation: Anthony Recker

2014 Season: 58 games: .201/.246/.374 — 7 homers, 27 RBI Evaluation: In his second season as the backup catcher, Recker put together another fine campaign as the No. 2 option. He’s not going to hit for  average and his on-base …

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