Bats: R Throws:R
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 190 lb
Acquired: Via Trade from TOR (w/ N. Syndergaard, T. d'Arnaud, J. Buck for RA Dickey, J. Thole, M. Nickeas)
2014: (Rk) .300/.351/.469, 7 HR, 29 RBI, 7 SB (70%), 14 BB, 55 K
2013: (Rk) .243/.351/.295, 1 HR, 25 RBI, 5 SB (45%), 20 BB, 60 K
Once the Mets got their hands on him, he was re-assigned to the Gulf Coast League so that the front office could get an idea of what they hand. Despite a somewhat lackluster 2013 season, Scouts saw what made him one of the best right-handed hitters from that international class. Becerra brings a good combination of physical size, strength and raw power, and some scouts outside the organization felt he had good plate coverage with his swing and an excellent feel for hitting.
In 2014, Becerra was assigned to the more advanced Rookie Appalachian League and became one of the top hitters that season. His led the Kingsport Mets in SB and was 2nd on the team in OPS, HR, AVG, RBI, and doubles. Amazin Avenue's Jeff Paternostro, got a first hand look at him last season was was quite impressed;
Paternostro references his K/BB ratio...this was one of Becerra's main areas of concern so far during his time as a Met. While he has improved his K rate from 29% to 24% year over year, his BB rate also dipped from 9.7% to 6.1%. As Paternostro references in his write up, Becerra has a number of significant, albeit fixable, flaws in his swing. Flipping back and forth between a leg kick and a toe tap, a lengthy hand load, and a tendency to lunge at pitches low in the zone.
Defensively, the organization seems keen on taking advantage of his plus, potentially 70 grade, arm strength by playing him exclusively in RF. Despite his larger frame, Becerra is a pretty graceful runner and could potentially have enough speed to sneak in 10-15 SB a year. If he can fix his mechanical issues, without sacrificing his power, and continue to improve on his zone recognition skills, Becerra could develop into a potential 15 HR/15 SB MLB player and shoot up this list extremely fast. For now though, I'll hold off on upping his ceiling until I see have he performs in a full season league.
Floor: Hits the AA prospect wall and gets stuck in Binghamton
Anticipated Assignment: (A) Savannah starting RF