Posted by Mack Ade at 4:00 PM
My rankings is solely subjective and based on nothing more than what is in my head at time I’m writing this. I’ve followed the Mets minor league players for many years and I feel I can recognize talent at various levels of their development. What I have failed at is how to determine when this talent seems to diminish. It’s amazing how many first round picks never make it in this game.
I’m old school, so you won’t seem much SABR-discussion here, I do research and, when I find a good quote or two, I’ll add them to my analysis, but, like I said in the beginning of this post, most of this us subjective.
Let’s get started.
#11 – OF – Wuilmer Beccera – 20-years old – 6-4, 190, R/R
Traded to the Mets along with P Noah Syndergaard, C Travis d-Arnaud, and C John Buck for Cy Young Award winning pitcher R.A. Dickey, C Josh Thole, and C Mike Nickeas.
International free agent – Caracus, Venezuela - $1.3mil bonus
2012 – GCL Mets - 32-AB, .250/.359/.375/734, 0-HR, 4-RBI
2013 – GCL Mets – 173-AB, .243/.351/.295/646, 1-HR, 25-RBI
2014 – K-Port - 207-AB, .300/.351/.469/819, 7-HR, 29-RBI
The final verdict on this trade is still out… Nickeas never hit above .200 since leaving the Mets and is now a free agent… Thole had 133 at-bats last year (.248) and is nothing more than a catching partner for Dickey… and Dickey is a combined 28-26 for two years and has never come close to his award winning season (20-6) in 2012 for the Mets.
On the Mets side, Buck is long gone, but the next 18 months should grade out both Syndergaard and d’Arnaud, but, in the long run, the best player in this trade could turn out to be the throw-in in the deal, Bucerra.
Everyone in the Mets organization loves this kids and critics have nothing but positive things to say. The only thing close to negative was his lack of pop which may be starting to turn around after hitting seven home runs for Kingsport last year. He also played as a teenage and hit .300.
Players this young are all ceiling and projection. My guess is he will play for Brooklyn this summer which will give him a little taste of life in the big city.
I would love to project him to end 2015 in Savannah, but that’s a tough call. Let’s first see what he does for the Cyclones.