Mets OF prospect Wuilmer Becerra continues to raise return value from Dickey trade

One of the most intriguing prospects in the Mets system continues to be outfielder Wuilmer Becerra

He was quietly included in the December 2012 seven-player trade with Toronto that brought Travis d’Arnaud and Noah Syndergaard to the Mets in exchange for R.A. Dickey.

Becerra was just 17 years old playing for Toronto’s rookie level Gulf Coast League squad at the time of the trade. With a mere 11 games and 32 at-bats to his professional credit, perhaps Toronto’s notoriously trade-happy, and now former general manager Alex Anthopoulos thought of him as nothing more than a throw-in and deal sweetener.

In any event, Mets fans seemingly have their next best reason to be thankful Sandy Alderson made that trade.

Becerra presently ranks seventh on the Mets top 30 prospects list.

After playing out an uneventful 2013 season for the Gulf Coast League Mets, Becerra spent the 2014 campaign with the (R) Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League, where he gave the organization its first real indication the return on R.A. Dickey was yet to be fully realized.  In 58 games and 207 at-bats, Becerra slashed .300/.351/.469 with ten doubles, seven home runs, and 29 RBIs.  Defensively, he made just one error in 104 chances playing right field, and registered seven outfield assists.

Last year, Becerra enjoyed another successful season, this time playing for the (A) Savannah Sand Gnats. He played 118 games in his first long-season experience, slashing a respectable .290/.342/.423 over the course of 449 at-bats, with 27 doubles, nine home runs, 63 RBIs, and 16 stolen bases.

Becerra is now 21 years old playing with the (A+) St. Lucie Mets, where he’s presently slashing .371/.418/.435 through 62 at-bats, with four doubles and eight RBIs.  It’s obviously a small sample size, but there’s little arguing he’s trending quite positively for a third straight season.

Shortstop prospect Amed Rosario is another whose season has not gone unnoticed.  Together with starting pitcher Casey Delgado, and relievers Tim Perterson and Kevin McGowen, the St. Lucie Mets are off to a 14-11 start this season, and knotted in a three-way tie for the FSL South Division lead.

I’m not necessarily a fan of fast-tracking prospects through the system.  I’d prefer to let Becerra play out the entire season with St. Lucie. However, there’s no denying he is fast becoming the rare exception who forces organizations to consider otherwise.  If he continues along this rate of development, his ticket to Binghamton could conceivably get punched by Summer.

Assuming all continues going well for Becerra, his projected long-term development fits well into any future Mets outfield scenarios. Curtis Granderson is signed through 2017, while Yoenis Cespedes may or may not remain with the club after this season. Even if Cespedes stays for the full three years, Becerra’s timing is still in line to potentially address the Mets’ future outfield needs.

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