Scouting Mets Prospect #50: Josh Satin

Satin's glove is not nearly as good as the bat

The New York Mets selected second baseman Josh Satin in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of the University of California-Berkeley. Not exactly known for his defensive prowess or speed, he does offer the organization some infield versatility and solid overall hitting potential.

Vital Statistics
Name: Josh Satin
DOB: December 23, 1984
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Batting and Power: Satin is one of the consistent hitters in the entire organization. He displays excellent command of the strike zone and innate plate patience. In fact, his patience is so good that it sometimes works against him as he sits a little too long on his pitch and then finds himself behind in counts too often, which has led to higher strikeout totals. He is a very good contact hitter though with excellent gap power and the ability to drive some balls out of the ball park. He is an above average hitter with average power, plain and simple.

Base Running and Speed: Satin is more of a station to station runner who will on occasion pick spots here and there to swipe bases, but his impact in the running game is minimal at best.

Defense: Satin is average at best defensively wherever he plays; second base, third base, first base, etc. He has solid arm strength and decent hands but very little lateral quickness and that lack of agility should limit him to the infield corner spots when he is asked to play in an everyday capacity. He won't hurt his team too much in the field but he doesn't help them much either.

Projection: Satin's meal ticket is his consistent bat, above average gap power, and decent home run production. While he can man a few different positions in the infield, his defensive game is not one that is best suited to man a particular position for long stretches because his lack of range becomes exposed. He would make for an average to above average offensive player at second base akin to a right-handed hitting Daniel Murphy, but his defensive limitations should keep him in reserve bench duty discussions for the time being. Still, the bat could be very productive off the bench.

ETA: N/A. Satin has 26 big league at-bats already over the past two years and should be in the big league pinch-hitting, bench player role discussions for 2013 where he could shift back and forth between Queens and Triple-A Las Vegas.

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