In four seasons in the minors Josh Satin has a .307/.397/.467 line, including a .325/.423/.538 line at Double-A last year. He’s a little bit like Daniel Murphy in that he can hit but he’s not an exceptional fielder. Also like Murphy, Satin has experience playing numerous positions, having played 1B, 2B and 3B last year in the high minors.
Satin is getting an extended look in Spring Training, with 20 ABs so far this year, just three away from a team-leading total. He has not been overly impressive, with a .573 OPS, but a simple two-hit game would do wonders for his overall line with this small of a sample size. Regardless, his most likely destination is Triple-A. However, one has to wonder if he would make the major league bench stronger with his inclusion.
His career path is somewhat similar to Justin Turner, who happens to be the man whose spot on the Mets Satin is after. Last year Turner did not make the club out of Spring Training, but he came up early in the year, got hot at the right time and ended up with 487 PA. Turner held his own with the bat but because he was such a poor defensive player, he wound up with a 0.3 bWAR, essentially a replacement player.
This year in camp, Turner is being groomed as a super sub, seeing action at 1B in addition to his usual time at 2B and 3B. So let’s see – Turner is a guy who can hit but not field, one the team is trying to work in all over the infield. That sounds a lot like Satin. The question is which one of the two is a better hitter? Turner gets the nod right now due to his major league success last year. But it wouldn’t surprise me if the answer turned out to be Satin in the long run.
NEW RELIEVERS ARE STRUGGLING: Much was made this offseason how the trade of Francisco Rodriguez last year at the All-Star break really hurt the team’s record. Sandy Alderson thinks the team would have finished over .500 if they didn’t trade their closer and he spent nearly all of the team’s available money on the bullpen, bringing in Frank Francisco, Ramon Ramirez and Jon Rauch. The Mets are pinning high hopes on that trio, but the early results are a bit ugly. They have combined to allow 17 hits and 3 walks in 9.2 IP with a 9.31 ERA. On the bright side, they have combined for 9 strikeouts.
RACE TO REPLACE BYRDAK IS ON: Assuming the Mets pick a lefty to fill Tim Byrdak’s spot on the roster, rookie Josh Edgin is making a strong case that he should be the man. In 3 IP, Edigin has 5 Ks, has only allowed 1 H and has yet to give up a run. After being viewed as an org solider, Edgin turned heads last year by posting a 1.50 ERA with 27 saves split between two Class-A clubs. He also notched 76 Ks in 66 IP. Drafted as a senior out of Division II Francis Marion in 2010, Edgin turned 25 in the offseason. But any lefty who can throw 90 mph is worth watching and an opportunity exists now that did not at the start of camp.
BACKUP OUTFIELD SPOTS IN DOUBT: The Mets figured to decide on their fifth outfielder during Spring Training. That plan got knocked over when Scott Hairston, who figured to be the fourth outfielder, came down with an oblique injury that has kept him off the field. Fortunately, both guys expected to battle for the fifth spot are having strong camps, so if Hairston is not ready to go on Opening Day, the Mets appear covered.
Adam Loewen leads all players on the team with 23 ABs and Mike Baxter is right on his heels with 21. Loewen has an .838 OPS while Baxter checks in with a .745 mark. That would appear to be a big edge for Loewen but a further look into the numbers shows some weird things going on with the 6’6 converted pitcher. Loewen is 7-23 with a HR and 11 Ks. That means his .304 Spring AVG. is built on a .545 BABIP.
GORSKI GETS SHOT IN MAJOR LEAGUE GAME: I am on the Darin Gorski bandwagon and ranked him as the team’s eighth-best prospect heading into the 2012 season. Last year Gorski had a breakout season at Hi-A but most people dismissed it because he wasn’t highly regarded coming into the year and he was old for his level. But Gorski is a lefty with three pitches, including a 90-mph fastball. He saw action in a major league game, pitching against the Tigers last week. Some defensive miscues led to a bases-loaded situation, but Gorski escaped without allowing a run by striking out the final batter he faced with a 92-mph fastball. He is not a soft-tossing lefty.