SDI Prospect Rankings – #13 Jairo Beras
Last year was an important one for the young outfielder Jairo Beras. He took a big step from being a project to being a player. Signed to a huge bonus in 2012, Beras didn’t play his first professional game until 2013 due to a birth certificate misunderstanding. In his first two years in the system, his numbers weren’t all that impressive. The hot streaks weren’t very hot and the cold streaks lasted quite a while. It was to be expected from a guy as raw as Beras. Listed at 6’5″ 178 pounds, Mark Parker of the Hickory Daily Record who covers most every game said he’s closer to 6’6″ 190 pounds after adding some muscle this season.
Despite the numbers, the first half was rough for Beras. He only played in only 25 games partially due to a hamstring issue and partly due to benching for a lack of effort. After the All-Star break, Jairo Beras’ caught fire like he was the Human Torch. In the second half Jairo had himself a 21 game hit streak. His defensive consistency improved as well during the second half, showing off that cannon of an arm a couple of times from right field. Much of this season turnaround is credited to Jairo’s refocusing on taking his career seriously once he became a father during the season as he told Mark Parker here. Beras played in 63 games in the second half, finishing that half slashing .303/.343/.457. If you’re more of a visual learner, here is Beras’ heat map for the year
While that slugging percentage isn’t fantastic, more extra base hits will come as he continues to fill out his lanky 6’6″ frame, not every future slugger is going to be Joey Gallo. What was most encouraging, and what led to the success with the stick, was the dramatically improved pitch recognition and patience at the plate. If he keeps up this progress he’ll be a offensive juggernaut of a right fielder in no time.
As for next year look for him to start the season in High Desert with a chance at seeing Frisco before the year is over, but probably not before the All-Star break. I’m hoping, as are the Rangers, that this year’s big strides were signs of things to come and not just one half season fluke. If those changes were legitimate he could start to make a splash on the national prospect scene.
With the two top slugging prospects (Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara) on the cusp of graduating the system, Beras will soon be the biggest named slugging prospect remaining in the system. His advanced age of 21 is one of the few knocks on his status as a prospect. However with a solid 2016 campaign I believe that Jairo Beras will be well worth the wait.