The Dodgers have reportedly signed Mexican southpaw Octavio Becerra to a minor league deal. Becerra is just 18 years old. He is the Mexican League’s most highly-touted prospect.
#NOTA El pitcher zurdo Octavio Becerra, ha sido firmado por los @LosDodgers @Dodgers el prospecto Número 1 de la @LigaMexBeis inicia su camino rumbo a las Grandes Ligas.#PasiónRielera #RieleroSoyO https://t.co/0Mjr5LQ6jS pic.twitter.com/JZ3UcjaIoK
— RielerosDeAgs (@RielerosDeAgs) August 1, 2019
Becerra has thrown just 18 1/3 innings for the Aguascalientes of the Mexican League across two seasons, posting a 9.82 ERA and 2.40 WHIP. Take these stats with a grain of salt considering Becerra is playing in a league where the average age is 29.6 years old at just 18.
The scouting report available on Becerra is very limited at the moment. From what we know, the southpaw is 5’9 and weighs 165 pounds. He hails from Tepatitlan, Mexico.
Becerra is a young international signing amongst a plethora of others from the past calendar year under Dodgers’ scouting director Billy Gasparino.
He was ranked as the #1 prospect in La Liga Mexicana de Beisból coming into the 2019 season. That is a high-profile signing considering his potential and experience in one of the world’s premier leagues outside of the United States.