Becerra Transitioning

Outfielder Wuilmer Becerra became one of the newest members of the Blue Jays when he signed with the organization at the July 2nd deadline. Becerra, the 16-year-old shortstop from Venezuela , is currently in Dunedin for Instructional League play to learn his new position.

"I am very happy to sign with the team," Becerra said with the help of a translator. "Building up to July 2nd, I wasn't sure [if they had interest in me], but after it, when I put it together, I'm excited."

Becerra spent time down at the Blue Jays' Dominican complex between late July and part of August. He arrived towards the end of the Dominican Summer League before eventually returning home to Venezuela until instructs. At the complex, he said he was focused on the basics of the game.

"I was working on reading fly balls, defense, running the bases — fundamentals of the game," he explained.

The righty said he is very happy to be in America for Instructs and that he enjoys it here. During the first couple weeks of Instructs, Becerra has seen some in game action, mainly checking into the middle of games to play the outfield. He feels that it's his defensive skills that need the most improvement.

"Reading the fly balls in the games," he said. "When I was a prospect in Venezuela, I played shortstop, third base and I'm used to playing those positions."

But standing at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Becerra has more of an outfielder's body, and that's where the Jays want him playing. It's something new for him, but he said he enjoys being in the outfield. While he is making that transition, his offense is his comfort zone.

"My bat speed in games [is my biggest strength]," he said. "I trust my bat in the games."

And he has made the most of his opportunities thus far. Becerra had a hit in the first game of Instructs, then stroked a double and scored a run a few games later. With limited reps in a short period of time, every at-bat counts for the players on the instructs roster.

With the move to America, Becerra is seeing mainly new competition. Though there are players who are only a couple years older than him, some already have much more professional game experience. He said the competition does pose a challenge, but he is working to get better.

"It's not easy, but it makes me work harder to rise to the next level."

Only 16-years-old and signed as a professional baseball player, Becerra has a lot of upside but also a long way to go if he intends on becoming a major leaguer. He already does have his goals in place, however, in terms of what kind of player he plans on becoming.

"I want the bat of [Detroit first baseman] Miguel Cabrera. It's not my position, but I really look up to Miguel Cabrera," he said. "I want to have the defensive skills of [Seattle centerfielder] Franklin Gutierrez."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"I am very happy to sign with the team,\" Becerra said with the help of a translator. \"Building up to July 2nd, I wasn't sure [if they had interest in me], but after it, when I put it together, I'm excited.\"
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\r\nBecerra spent time down at the Blue Jays' Dominican complex between late July and part of August. He arrived towards the end of the Dominican Summer League before eventually returning home to Venezuela until instructs. At the complex, he said he was focused on the basics of the game.
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\r\n\"I was working on reading fly balls, defense, running the bases — fundamentals of the game,\" he explained.
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\r\nThe righty said he is very happy to be in America for Instructs and that he enjoys it here. During the first couple weeks of Instructs, Becerra has seen some in game action, mainly checking into the middle of games to play the outfield. He feels that it's his defensive skills that need the most improvement.
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\r\n\"Reading the fly balls in the games,\" he said. \"When I was a prospect in Venezuela, I played shortstop, third base and I'm used to playing those positions.\"
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\r\nBut standing at 6-foot-4, 190 pounds, Becerra has more of an outfielder's body, and that's where the Jays want him playing. It's something new for him, but he said he enjoys being in the outfield. While he is making that transition, his offense is his comfort zone.
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\r\n\"My bat speed in games [is my biggest strength],\" he said. \"I trust my bat in the games.\"
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\r\nAnd he has made the most of his opportunities thus far. Becerra had a hit in the first game of Instructs, then stroked a double and scored a run a few games later. With limited reps in a short period of time, every at-bat counts for the players on the instructs roster.
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\r\nWith the move to America, Becerra is seeing mainly new competition. Though there are players who are only a couple years older than him, some already have much more professional game experience. He said the competition does pose a challenge, but he is working to get better.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's not easy, but it makes me work harder to rise to the next level.\"
\r\n
\r\nOnly 16-years-old and signed as a professional baseball player, Becerra has a lot of upside but also a long way to go if he intends on becoming a major leaguer. He already does have his goals in place, however, in terms of what kind of player he plans on becoming.
\r\n
\r\n\"I want the bat of [Detroit first baseman] Miguel Cabrera. It's not my position, but I really look up to Miguel Cabrera,\" he said. \"I want to have the defensive skills of [Seattle centerfielder] Franklin Gutierrez.\"
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