Satin Aspires To Be Four-Corners Fill-In For Mets





NEW YORK—Josh Satin, the organization's minor league player of the year, sat almost unnoticed in the Mets clubhouse in September. Plans for his future revolve around developing a wide enough skill set to profile as a utility player.

"I'm realistic," he said. "The two positions I played primarily this year (first and third base) are arguably our two best players—or at least our two best players who are definitely coming back next year," Satin said, referring to Ike Davis and David Wright. "I always pictured myself as the kind of guy who can play four or five different spots, and when you know the guy needed the day off, maybe I'm filling in five out of nine games."

Satin, 26, made just 27 plate appearances with the Mets, going 5-for-25 (.200) with one walk. He started four games at first base and spent five innings at third on the final day of the season, but he has spent the majority of his minor league career at second base.

"Unless you're one of those can't-miss prospects, it's hard to break in at any particular position," Satin said.

He earned a September callup with strong play in the minors. Satin spent most of the season with Double-A Binghamton and the final six weeks with Triple-A Buffalo, batting a combined .323/.411/.495 with 12 homers and 43 doubles.

Satin played shortstop most of his life, but shifted to third base as a freshman at California, and then to second when he injured his shoulder and put off surgery for two years. These days, Satin knows where he stands on the Mets' infield depth chart: behind Davis, Wright and Daniel Murphy on the corners, and behind a host of others at the keystone. That's why Satin was learning to play left field in the Venezuelan League.

"It's kind of the player that I've expected to become in this organization," he said. "I'm not great at any position, but I can play all of them."

METAMORPHOSES

• The Nationals returned big league Rule 5 pick Elvin Ramirez, a hard-throwing righthander, to the Mets following the season. He missed all of last season after having right shoulder surgery.

• New York cleared room on its 40-man roster by releasing righty reliever Ryota Igarashi, after two subpar seasons, and outrighting first baseman Val Pascucci and righthanders Dale Thayer and Manny Alvarez to the minors.