The final pieces of the R.A. Dickey/Josh Thole/non-elite prospect for Travis d’Arnaud/Noah Syndergaard/John Buck/non-elite prospect deal were just announced. The Mets will send C Mike Nickeas, a career .180/.241/.238 hitter in 191 PA and the owner of a -0.9 bWAR to Toronto.
The non-elite prospect coming back to the Mets is Wuilmer Becerra. Becerra, a right-handed hitting outfielder, is listed at 6’4″, 190 and signed with the Blue Jays for $1.3 million last July. Writing for Baseball America at the time of his signing, Ben Badler praised his “plus-plus speed” and continued: “For some scouts, Becerra was one of the better righthanded hitters on the international market last year, though there was some disagreement about scouts on his bat. Becerra has a good combination of size, strength and raw power, and some scouts felt he had good plate coverage and feel for hitting. Others contend he’s not as sharp in game situations as he is in BP because he tends to get around the ball with length to his stroke and an uppercut swing, which isn’t uncommon for Latin American amateurs.”
In 11 games for the GCL Blue Jays, Bucerra hit .250/.359/.375 with four doubles, four walks and seven strikeouts while playing both corner outfield spots.
His season ended early, when according to Baseball America’s Nathan Rode, he was “Hit in the face with FB. Broken jaw. Wired shut. Was easing back into baseball activities at instructs.”
Jays Journal had Becerra ranked as the Jays’ #30 prospect this off-season and described the ball off the face scene as “very scary.”
Obviously, Becerra’s years away – the Mets will likely have him play in either the GCL or the Appalachian League, but he’s a very interesting lottery ticket in to add to the more well known d’Arnaud and Syndergaard at the top.
Enjoy this video of Becerra hitting.