Satin Learning What It Takes

Satin will be focusing most on his offense

Josh Satin, the Mets' 2008 6th round pick out of Cal-Berkeley, arrived in Brooklyn excited and ready to get his career underway. However, early on, he realized just how many adjustments would need to be made. He knows to succeed at this level, it will take an intelligent balance of understanding what to improve while not diverting from strong parts of his game.

At first glimpse, Josh Satin offers an element at second base that is currently lacking in the Mets' farm system—a true power hitting second baseman. When looking at Satin, it may not be easy to see where the power comes from, but at 6-foot-2 and 200 pounds, the 23-year-old California native packs good pop.

In his final year at Berkeley, Satin finished second on his club in home runs (18) while leading the Golden Bears with a robust .379 batting average but an even more impressive .723 slugging percentage. After remaining on the radar of a number of teams on draft day, his tools were hard to pass up for the Mets who made Satin the 194th overall pick in June's draft.

Now in Brookly, he hopes to raise his game to another level, but like most rookies who grace the field on Coney Island, it was tough to ignore the aesthetics.

"Playing in Brooklyn is great. There are so many fans, it's a great atmosphere and it's really been a lot of fun for me. I think playing here is a great introduction to what professional ball is like. It's about getting used to the new lifestyle, practicing every day before we play, swinging the wood bats, it's all an adjustment period but playing in Brooklyn really helps make it easier," he explained.

Battling the higher quality pitching is something that all rookies hitters will endure this summer, but Satin expressed what he believed to be a backbone for keeping a stable mindset and approach in the box. Simply put, he knew each night out he would likely face the best of the best he saw in the PAC-10 conference, and beyond, and reacted accordingly, making the transition as smooth as can be.

"The thing about going from college to pro ball is that all the frontline collegiate guys are here. That third starter in college is not here right now. That third starter was someone we could fall back on in college but he's not here right now, it's all very talented guys who deserve to be here."

"In college, those Friday night games were games we had to grind out because we were facing teams' number one guys. Well, that's like that every night now in Brooklyn because we're facing those number one or two guys every night. I just know that the more I face the better pitching, the easier it will become so I've just got to focus and grind out my at-bats."

Lastly, Satin wants to protect himself from mental lapses which can often plague first-year players. That is to guard against changing his style of play or approach because he may be struggling. It is natural for players at this stage to try and do too much, but he knows that is a trap he cannot afford to fall into.

"Staying away from changing my approach when it's not necessary was something I have to keep an eye on. I found myself doing that early on. I think it was just human nature of wanting to impress everyone," he said.

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