The 2010 season has seen limited success in the minor leagues for the New York Mets. Many pitching prospects have underachieved. And narrow focus has been placed on top prospects like Ruben Tejada, Jenrry Mejia, and Fernando Martinez.
What about the significantly lesser-known names? Of the less-regarded prospects in the Mets organization, there have been several who have stood out. Second baseman Joshua Satin is one of them.
A California native, Satin was selected by the Mets in the sixth round of the 2008 MLB Amateur Draft. He's logged some great hitting numbers in the Mets farm system, as he is a career .303 hitter and has shown good discipline.
The right-handed hitting Satin began the year at Class A St. Lucie, and has since earned a promotion to AA Binghamton, where he has spent half the year.
It is almost difficult to think of Satin as a prospect at this point. The 25-year-old is getting to the point where he is just another minor league player. But this burst of solid hitting should start getting him some attention.
To say that Satin has hit regularly doesn't really sum his game up enough. He hit .316 with a .406 OBP in 58 games at St. Lucie.
Since his promotion, the hits have kept coming. In 56 games with Binghamton, Satin has posted an even higher batting average of .325 and a .417 OBP.
Not a big power guy, Satin has hit three home runs in the last week. He's hitting all forms of pitching, batting .324 against lefties and .325 and right-handers.
With Binghamton, he has also hit .387 with runners in scoring position.
His game may strike some as being one-sided, but he made a seamless transition between levels this year. Any team would look favorable upon the kind of hitting he has put together.
If Satin can keep his bat hot, the Mets will have another name added to the minor league middle infield logjam. It will give the team more flexibility for talking trade in the offseason.
The Mets are hoping that Joshua Satin can develop further. He has to get some recognition soon at this rate.
See this article and other Mets minor league reports from Matt in the Mets Gazette