Marlon Byrd may be gone, but he still may have a big impact on the Mets going forward. You see, Before departing the Mets in a trade to the Pirates last week, the veteran Byrd told his Southern California neighbor Josh Satin that he will spend time this offseason teaching him to play the outfield, according to the New York Post.
Satin, who has been mainly a corner infielder throughout his pro career, understands that the more versatile he can make himself, the greater the odds are that he can stick with the Mets next season.
Personally, he’s already done and shown enough to warrant a guaranteed spot on the 25 man roster, but whatever…
“Realistically, I know the only way I’m going to be able to be on this team in the future is being able to play multiple positions,” said Satin, who stroked two doubles in the Mets’ 13-5 loss to the Braves yesterday. “That’s my hope, that I can show I can play a couple of different spots.”
In my opinion, Satin and his propensity to demolish lefthanded pitching has earned at least a share of the first base job next season. Throw in the fact that he can also spell David Wright at third base and what you have is Justin Turner on the outs…
As to playing the outfield, why not?
Satin is a grinder and a perfectionist and knows what his limitations are. If he feels he can give the Mets another reason to keep him handy, then by all means go for it.
Personally, if there’s one player on this team who can pull it off, it’s him. And if it’s Marlon Byrd doing the training, then it’s all the better. Obviously, the idea isn’t that wild as the Mets had already been contemplating Satin in the outfield months ago after they called him up and finally saw for themselves what a great bat they had hiding in the minors being blocked by Ike Davis and David Wright for the last four years.
With just 145 at-bats under his belt this season, Satin has a .297/.407/.434 batting line with an .841 OPS and 139 OPS+ for the Mets. Against lefthanded pitching, he’s a one-man wrecking crew batting .343/.436/.522 slash that screams for his bat in the lineup whenever a southpaw is on the mound.
Satin is just another player I’m looking forward to see more of in 2014, and if he can handle himself well in left or right field, more power to him. I’ve been all over him like white on rice since the season started and couldn’t believe he didn’t make the team out of spring training.