A Closer Look: Joshua Satin

Joshua Satin of the New York Mets is technically too old to be a “prospect.” At age 26, he’s only played twelve games at Triple-A. Satin also doesn’t really have a position. He’s played second base, first base, third base, and even logged two games at shortstop. Given his age, limited upper-level experience, and lack of true position (due to defense), Satin is more or less Minor League fodder. However, the guy can outright hit.

The former sixth round pick owns a career .308/.399/.475 line in four Minor League seasons with the Mets. Before 2010, the infielder never eclipsed double-digit homeruns, but enjoyed a .311/.399/.467 line with 12 homeruns 74 RBI, and 76 runs in 577 plate appearances between Advanced Single-A and Double-A last season. The right-handed hitter was placed in Double-A to begin the 2011 season, and he mashed. Satin hit to the tune of a .325/.423/.538 line with 11 homeruns, 60 RBI, and 60 runs in 404 plate appearances.

Satin’s dominance in Double-A earned him his first trip to Triple-A. In 53 plate appearances, Satin appears to be continuing his offensive prowess. The infielder has posted a .354/.415/.479 line with 1 homerun, 10 RBI, and 6 runs. In addition, Satin has collected a whopping 38 doubles between the two levels.

As great as his hitting has been, the only red flag appears to be his extremely elevated .411 and .457 BABIP in Double-A and Triple-A, respectively, this season. However, considering he’s never had a BABIP below .321, it might not be as unsustainable as it would normally be.

Come September, it would be shocking to not see Satin in the Majors. The infielder doesn’t appear to need more offensive seasoning in the Minors, and his defense will never be a strong suit. With all the success Dan Murphy has enjoyed this season for the Mets, Joshua Satin might become another good hitting/position-less player for the Mets in 2012 and beyond.

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