7. Wuilmer Becerra, OF
Height: 6'4", Weight: 190 lbs
Acquired: Trade with Toronto, December 2012
2015: Low-A Savannah, 487 PA, .290/.342/.423; 6.8% walk rate, 19.7% strikeout rate
Becerra had a good year in 2015. He was able to maintain a similar level of production as he put up in the rookie Appalachian league in 2014 all while playing in a pitcher's park and against older competition. He even lowered his strikeout rate to just under twenty percent from about twenty-four percent in 2014, an indication that he is making adjustments and developing at the plate. He still doesn't walk much, so I imagine that will be a point of emphasis in the coming year. Defensively, Becerra gives you a strong arm in right with decent speed, and he profiles to be about average there. He's probably going to be more of a level-a-year guy, so I wouldn't expect to see him in the majors any time soon.
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Here's Jeff on Becerra from our Midseason Top 10 last year:
"The jump to full season ball is a big one, and Becerra has maintained his power and the still developing approach has held its own against better and older arms. The tools package is still there too. Becerra is a good runner with enough arm for right field, and the power potential to be an everyday guy there. He's a long way away and still struggles with spin, but the potential here is as big as any position player in the Mets system right now." - Jeff Paternostro
The Mets took a risk and left Wuilmer Becerra exposed to the Rule 5 draft this offseason, and it paid off as Becerra went undrafted. Realistically, it wasn't much of a risk at all. Becerra, while a good prospect, would probably be a disaster at the major league level today. That said, with a good 2016 season and continued development of his approach and power, the Mets might have to add him to the 40-man roster after this season.