MMO Spotlight: Josh Satin Has Always Been A Good Hitter
It’s pretty easy rooting for Josh Satin. All the kid has really ever wanted to do is play baseball, and wherever he’s played, he’s excelled. Two things remain consistent about Satin’s baseball run over a lengthy span of years. The kid can hit and more often than not, he’s selected as an all-star.
Satin was a three time all-star selection as a Wolverine for the Harvard Westlake School in California. He continued racking up huge offensive numbers throughout four years of college baseball at the University of California Berkeley setting the school hitting streak record at 27 consecutive games and earning first team All-American and Pac10 status in his senior year.
Over two summers while he attended college, Satin played in the Cape Cod League. You guessed it! Satin was selected as a Cape Cod all-star both years.
Drafted by the Mets in the 6th round of baseball’s amateur draft, Satin has methodically climbed every rung of the Mets farm system ladder. After inking his name on the contract, Satin split time between the Kingsport Mets of the Appalachian League and the Cyclones in Brooklyn hitting a combined .303.
2009 found Satin in the South Atlantic League representing the Sand Gnats in the mid season all-star tilt. Satin got a taste of High-A ball in St. Lucie and liked the flavor finishing his season in limited action batting .364.
Splitting time at St. Lucie and Double-A Binghamton, Satin was a Florida State League All-Star in 2010 and the MVP of the All- Star contest. His combined batting average at both levels was a rock solid .311 with an on-base-percentage of .399 and 39 doubles and 66 walks.
Satin was among the top Eastern League batters in 2012 leading the B-Mets with a .325 batting average and a .423 on-base-percentage in 366 at-bats. Satin’s offensive prowess earned him both mid-season and Post-Season All-Star recognition, and he was also selected as a Topp’s Double-A All-star.
Satin continued to sizzle for Triple-A Buffalo last season hitting .317. His season included two cups of coffee in Flushing.
With Satin’s blistering start for the Mets on his recent call-up, perhaps, Satin is putting to rest the fears that he might not be able to handle major league hitting. In discussing his recent play for the Mets with Brian Lewis of the New York Post here’s what Satin had to say. “It’s definitely a small sample size. I haven’t proven anything. But more so than ever, I’ve let them know I can play at this level. But I have a long way to go to really prove to them I can be a valuable piece of this team in the future when we’re ready to contend, which hopefully is soon.”
Those sound like the words of a young man who is grounded and understands who he is and what he needs to do to get where he wants to be.
And, Satin’s humility while talking to Lewis for the Post piece was refreshing. Satin understands his present good fortune came about because of Ike Davis‘s struggles. And, the unassuming Satin understands Davis is still considered the Met first baseman of the future. Here’s what he told Lewis; “He’s (Davis) a very good player and a good friend of mine, so I want him to do well. If when he comes back, he’s playing and I’m not, that’s fine. Obviously I want to play, but I just want to put myself in the best position to be a part of this team in the future, whatever way that is. If that’s coming off the bench, fine.”
Satin not only barrels up making the contact with the ball on the sweet spot of the bat, he handles himself professionally and hits all the right notes when chatting with the media about his baseball play, what it means to be a teammate, and his role as a New York Met. That’s all-star stuff in and of itself if you ask me.
About the Author: John Bernhardt
John Bernhardt is a retired public school teacher and administrator, who still coaches high school baseball. Growing up in a Yankees household, Bernhardt was an ardent Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra fan. When the Yankees fired Yogi in his first season as the Bomber manager, curiosity turned to passion when the Mets signed Berra as a player/coach and he has pulled for the Mets ever since. In retirement, John writes the sports for a local weekly, The Catskill Mountain News and hosts Tip-Off, a Friday morning sports hour, from 8:00-9:00 on WIOX, 91.3 F.M.
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