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Wulimer Becerra - OF NYM

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Another piece that the Mets got in the RA Dickey deal, Becerra is having a breakout season in A ball. He's a pretty toolsy guy, and put up some good numbers last year in rookie ball, but he's carried it over to Savannah this season.

Wuilmer Becerra has spent most of 2015 mashing, at least relative to league and park, while displaying above average defense in right and solid speed on the basepaths. His .179 isolated slugging percentage is top 10 in the league, and that's been done while playing half his games in Grayson Stadium, which, to be fair, is not as tough on righties as it is on lefties. Still, it's encouraging that Becerra has hit as well as he has to this point.

The fact that Becerra has been able to carry his 2014 performance over to Savannah has raised his stock considerably. Becerra is someone who has a toolsy profile, so whenever the performance starts to firm up for an athletic prospect like that the ceiling tends to jump a little higher. In that sense, he reminds me a bit of Cesar Puello. And although Puello was holding his own at a higher level at a similar age, the profiles line up. I realize comparing him to Puello probably won't get anyone excited considering how that situation's played out, so perhaps a more fun comp would be a late-career Marlon Byrd with more speed. Becerra's performance this season combined with his athletic profile has us all excited for his future.

Wuilmer Becerra was the other, other guy in the R.A. Dickey trade.

Catcher Travis d'Arnaud and righthander Noah Syndergaard were the headliners for the Mets, and veteran backstop John Buck was the throw-in.

Becerra was the longshot.

At the time of the deal with Toronto in December 2012, Becerra had played just 11 games in the Rookie Gulf Coast League. His pro production consisted of eight hits and four doubles in 32 at-bats.

Three years later, the 20-year-old rightfielder still is mostly potential, but it's powerful potential, far closer to being actualized.

In 55 games with Single-A Savannah (32-27, T-1st place in South Atlantic League Southern), Becerra is batting .286 with 16 doubles and seven home runs. His slugging percentage, which has risen each year in the Mets' farm system, sits at .498 following Wednesday's 8-6 win over Virginia.

In the best case scenario, Becerra won't be big-league ready until sometime in 2017 - but that likely suits the Mets just fine, who have leftfielder Michael Cuddyer signed through 2016 and rightfielder Curtis Granderson through 2017.

Jeff Moore of BP said this about Becerra back in ST:

You know Wuilmer Becerra (Mets) as the last guy from the R.A. Dickey trade that you hadn’t heard of, but now he’s 20 and will be heading to full season ball with still raw abilities but has tremendous raw power

Overall, in 77 games in Savannah, he has a .293/.343/.466 slash line with 8 HR's and 9 SB's. I want to see him work on the plate discipline a bit more with his BB% at 6.2% and the K% sitting at 21.5%, but the raw tools are intriguing.

What do you guys think? Has anyone out there seen him play or have some insider information on Becerra?

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2 more hits tonight. AVG up to .416 so far.

Made the BA Prospect Hot Sheet this week:

Team: high Class A St. Lucie (Florida State)

Age: 21

Why He’s Here: .565/.600/.609 (13-for-23), 4 R, 1 2B, 3 RBIs, 2 BB, 2 SO

The Scoop: Power production will determine Becerra’s ultimate ceiling, but the young right fielder is building a track record for hitting the ball hard and going the other way when pitched away. He batted .300 at Rookie-level Kingsport in 2014, then .290 at low Class A Savannah in 2015 and now .405 through 74 at-bats this season at St. Lucie. The 6-foot-4 Becerra has the raw power to turn on the inside pitch, but for now the Mets will happily let him hit develop a feel for hitting now and worry about home runs later.

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