Dodgers Sign Part-Time Taquero With 93-MPH Fast Ball
From taquero to the big leagues.
Just a few months ago, Octavio Becerra was delivering pizzas and working part-time at his tío’s taco shop in Jalisco. Now, the 18-year-old is on his way to pitch for the Dodgers.
#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
“I had just finished pitching when a scout for the Dodgers started asking me all these questions about my pitches," Octavio told Primer Impacto.
"The scout said he’d be back with some news and like an hour and a half later he said they had signed me,” said the teenage southpaw, who is reported to have a 93-mph fast ball.
De taquero y repartidor de pizza a pitcher de las grandes ligas: Conoce la historia de superación y lucha de este joven hispano. pic.twitter.com/6HnWCCN2LD— Primer Impacto (@PrimerImpacto) September 20, 2019
The 5'9", 165-pound Tepatitlan native was ranked #1 in La Liga Mexicana de Beisból coming into the 2019 season, having pitched 17 strikeouts in 18 innings for the Aguascalientes team Los Rieleros.
Although his contract is minor league, the majors are likely just a season away. But, if it doesn't work out, his uncle says he can always go back to delivering pizzas.