Jul 1, 2013; Flushing, NY,USA; New York Mets first baseman Josh Satin (13) singles allowing a runner to score during the ninth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Citi Field. Mandatory Credit: Anthony Gruppuso-USA TODAY Sports

Mets Season in Review: Josh Satin

First of all, let’s just get this out of the way before we get off the ground with this thing, ok?

Alright, good. I feel better now.

Before this year, Josh Satin had been waiting down on the farm perennially hitting in the .300′s. He got 27 Major League ABs in 2011, hitting only .200 in that time. In 2012, he got 1 AB and struck out, opening Josh’s eye…(sorry. I went down that road again, didn’t I?)…leading Josh to completely alter his approach:

So he made some mechanical adjustments. Satin widened his stance to cut down some of his movement at the plate and help him stay balanced.

–Anthony DiComo, “Change in Approach Does the Trick for Satin” 6/29/2013

Satin was hitting .305 with 9 HR and 32 RBI for the 51s when the Mets decided it was time for Ike Davis to work his kinks out on the AAA Las Vegas roster, resulting in Josh’s call-up to the Majors on June 11, 2013.

How He Handled the Bat:

The mechanical adjustment seemed to do wonders. Though it took him a few games to get settled, the hits started coming. His numbers peaked when he went 3-6 in the Mets 5-4 13-inning win over Arizona on July 1. At the end of that day, Satin had a slash of .395/.511/.553. Things did eventually slow down, as did his playing time when Ike Davis returned on July 5, but Satin’s value had been made clear.

He finished the season having collected 221 plate appearances, 190 of which were at bats. He hit .279 with a .376 OBP, slugging .405. He hit 3 HR, had 17 RBI and walked 30 times, though he struck out 56 times for a 25.3% SO rate.

He did, however, collect his first Major League walk-off hit against his hometown Giants to cap a 4-run 9th on September 18…

And then…there was this awkward moment…

How He Handled the Glove:

Nothing really to write home about, but far from a liability. He had only 5 errors in total (3 at 3rd base, 2 at 1st) with a overall fielding percentage of .953, scoring a -1 Defensive Runs Saved.

Projected Role in 2014:

Though there is the….ever-so-slight chance he’s starting at 1st for the Mets in 2014, his lack of power leaves much to be desired, and the Mets will most likely go with either Ike Davis or Lucas Duda at that position. Look for Satin to settle into the role of the solid contact hitter off the bench as well as a utility player able to spell the starters all around the field, a role, as Kevin Burkhardt states in the above “eyebrow” video, Satin would welcome with open arms.

Contract Status and Trade Rumors:

He is pre-arbitration-eligible, and won’t be until 2016. Sure. He could be a throw-in in a trade…..but his name has not come up in any rumors and will most likely not. So, as stated above, expect Satin to fill the super-utility role off the bench for this team next year.

It’s definitely better than that other role he once had…


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  • Reilly

    I disagree, I would take Josh Satin as my starter, over those two underachievers any day. Davis argues every single call with the umpire, like its always a bad call, never his fault. Too much of a whiner, he may end up having success with a small market team, but I just don’t see that happening with the Mets. Duda, on the other hand, will never succeed, period. He’s been given ample opportunity to succeed, as opposed to Satin, and he’s consistently failed. Time to trade him. Once again, what’s wrong with a first baseman like Satin, who could potentially be a .290 hitter, with 15 HR’s and 75-80 RBI’s?

    • Sam Maxwell

      I’m not one to make say that my observation makes it definite, but I don’t think Satin’s power even equates to 15 HR’s in a full-time role. We know what kind of power ike has when he’s right, and you saw in the second half before the unfortunate oblique injury that he had been humbled by his experiences and was arguing less with calls. plus, I don’t see the Mets involving either one in a trade when their value is so low. This offseason will clearly be an interesting one, to say the least.

    • Reilly

      Well said, if we can get two impact hitters, say 2 OF’s or an OF and SS, than we could live with a Satin/Davis platoon.

  • Ken Meoni

    If the Mets don’t pick up Mike Morse, then Satin would be a good platoon with Duda or Davis. The Mets will have to trade one of Duda or Davis. Which ever one they are stuck with, won’t be able to hit south paws and Satin will be needed.

    • Reilly

      Not sure of the attraction of Mike Morse. He’s only played one full season, and while he did have a very good year, most of his career has been as a part timer and/or injured player with some bad years statistically. We would be better serve going after two of the following: Corey Hart, Marlon Byrd, Elvis Andrus, Stephen Drew and ShiSin Choo>

  • Agee’s Catch

    Satin’s better suited as a bench player. Why turn him into something he’s not?