Maggie Wiggin, Contributor
Josh Satin believes it is in his best interest to learn how to play outfield.
“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,” Satin told the New York Post. “That’s my hope, that I can show I can play a couple of different spots.”
According to multiple reports earlier this season, Satin had been taking fly-balls and working in the outfield before games, however he has yet to appear in the outfield during a game.
Satin has played 55 games for the Mets this season, 28 at first base and nine at third base. He is hitting .297/.407/.434 overall, and is hitting .343/.436/.522 against lefties.
I really like Satin as a player and I appreciate his dedication to the team and his willingness to do anything to contribute. It’s a great attitude and I think it’s a big part of why he’s playing himself into a bench role for next year. That said, enough is enough with the infielders playing the outfield. It didn’t work for Murphy, it didn’t work for Duda, and while I suspect Satin is a bit more athletic than either of them, I don’t see this experiment ending with anything other than frustration and embarrassment for all involved.
That said, Satin definitely has value for the Mets next year and he should be a solid part of the bench, even without any treacherous expeditions into the outfield. He’s been reliable filling in at both first and third and has played 286 games at second in the minors as well, so he can cover most of the infield.
Additionally, while he’s batting well overall, his numbers against left-handed pitching are fantastic and point to a significant role for him as a pinch hitter who can occasionally spell left-handed infielders (such as Murphy, Ike Davis, or Duda, if they’re around next season) against tough lefty starters. It’s this natural ability to hit lefties that will serve him best in his quest for a spot on the team next year, not shoe-horning himself into a position he’s not comfortable in.
It’s a noble offer. Thanks, but no thanks.
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