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In the ninth inning last night, with the Mets down 4-1, I tucked my phone in my pocket and headed to the grocery store to pick up some breakfast essentials (granola, Honey Nut Cheerios, bananas, and almond milk) and ice cream. I saw Josh Satin's game winner just after scooping up bananas. That's Satin pictured at right as a Savannah Sand Gnat in 2009.

The Mets put together a remarkable comeback by as anonymous a group of major leaguers as possible.

Eight Mets batted in the team's 9th inning. As a group, these eight had a combined 4.9 fWAR in 2013 and 2.5 fWAR for their careers. Six of the eight Mets who batted in the frame had fewer than 385 career plate appearances. The only ones who had more than 400, and both have more than 1,111, are Lucas Duda and Omar Quintanilla, who both have negative career fWAR totals. Six of the eight had a career fWAR total at or below 0.5.

Tags: Analysis, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Rob Brender, a contributor to MetsMinorLeagueBlog.com, spoke with Las Vegas 51s 1b Josh Satin about his early-season success and what he needs to work on to get back to the major leagues.

Rob Brender: You're having a great season so far, batting .346, which is second on the team to Andrew Brown (.357 BA). You must feel pretty good about the way you're swinging the bat?

Josh Satin: ?Yeah, I changed a few thing up last year to make myself feel more consistent. I was a little too hot and cold last year and even previous years. I like where I'm at right now. I'm still working on a few things but I like where my swing is right now.

Tags: Joshua Satin, Rob Brender
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AAA: @ Fresno Grizzlies (SF) 6, Las Vegas 51s 3

Bad: Chris Schwinden did not give his 51s a chance in this one: 4 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 6 ER, 0 BB, 3 K, 3 HR.

Good:?Josh Satin?(pictured) homered again, his third already in a 2-for-4 night while lifting his batting average to .483/.516/.862 (!) after a week's worth of play.

Tags: Joshua Satin, Las Vegas 51s, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Fresno Grizzlies 4, Las Vegas 51s 1

The Zack Wheeler show made its second stop of the 2013 season in Fresno on Tuesday. The results: 5.1 IP, 8 H 4 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 6 K. Wheeler threw 68% of his pitches (62 of 93) for strikes. The 22 year old has now walked six batters in 8.2 innings this year a rate of 14%.

For some reason, despite installing the new Flash player, my computer was not cooperating last night, and I could not pull up the video feed of Wheeler's start and the 51s. Oh well. Marc Carig in Newsday points out that five of the eight hits Wheeler allowed came on two strike counts. Carig reports that this was "an indication of the pitcher's difficulties in putting away opposing hitters. He could also blame his lack of fastball command, which was enough to get him in trouble despite secondary offerings that were mostly sharp."

Tags: Joshua Satin, Las Vegas 51s, Zack Wheeler, Toby Hyde
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The Mets have invited five non-roster minor leaguers to spring training: RHP?s?Rafael Montero?and?Cory Mazzoni, C?Juan Centeno, INF?Josh Satin?and OF?Matt den Dekker?to Major League Spring Training.

None are likely to make the team's 25-man roster out of camp. None.

Position Players

Tags: Analysis, Cory Mazzoni, Joshua Satin, Juan Centeno, Matt den Dekker, Rafael Montero, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 10, @ Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs 1 (7 innings)

The Bisons' offense took care of business early, scoring seven runs in the second and third innings before rain washed out the last two frames.

2B Josh Satin (.302/.406/.474 - 107 games; pictured) had a perfect night, going 3-for-3 with two doubles, a walk and an RBI.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Wilmer Flores, Toby Hyde
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Well, so much for all of that. David Wright will play for the Mets Saturday in Philadelphia. While the Mets were deciding what to do with Wright, INF Josh Satin was placed on the team's Taxi Squad. The Bisons' press release explains, "Beginning in 2012, Major League teams can place minor league players on a 24-hour taxi squad for potential promotion. This allows other moves to be made so that minor league teams can remain at full strength for their games."? So the Bisons added Jean Luc Blacquiere to the team's active roster.

In related news, 3B Zach Lutz doubled to extend his hitting streak to nine straight games for the Buffalo Bisons.

The B-Mets lost 5-3 when the bullpen gave up three runs on five walks in four innings. Juan Lagares picked up three hits.

Tags: Game Time, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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David Wright has a "small fracture in the middle joint of his right pinky." It sounds neither serious nor fun. Wright is heading to see a hand specialist today, Wednesday, and Terry Collins seems to hope that he will be back by Friday.

And if that doesn't happen? The people want to know about contingencies.

Kevin writes:

Tags: Analysis, Joshua Satin, Majors, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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We've gone through catcher, first base, second base and shortstop, so lets slide over to third base to finish up the infielders in the Mets minor league system.

At the big league level, even coming off the worst season of his professional career, the Mets are set with David Wright. ?I am willing to bet a full paycheck (of mine, not Wright's) that Wright, who from 2006-2008, was one of the very best players in baseball, will be the Mets third baseman to begin 2012. ?I believe that he will Met for Opening Day 2013, too, but after that, it's unclear whether he and the Mets will be right for each other. ?Moving Citi Field's walls in will help him, although by how much is difficult to say. ?For the Mets to be contenders in 2012, Wright would need to turn back the clock four years,?shucking?aside the concussion related problems, and yes, more recently, his broken back.

Secure in the knowledge that thirdbase is occupied, at least for the next year, and likely two, lets take a look at guys who played third base in the minors.

Tags: Eric Campbell, Joshua Satin, Season Review, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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Our season review shifts to second base, the most interesting of the three positions we've covered so far.

At the big league level, Mets' keystoners put together a .663 OPS, 20th-best in all of Major League baseball. ?However, that number is dragged down by 39 plate appearances from Brad Emaus (.147/.256/.147 - .403 OPS) and 35 PA from Willie Harris (.619 OPS). The Mets of course began the season with Emaus playing nearly every day, but after that brief experiment turned sour, went with the sweeter flavors of Daniel Murphy, Ruben Tejada and Justin Turner. ?If one includes only the contributions of Murphy, Tejada and Turner, the Mets' secondbase OPS rises to .688, which would have been good enough for 15th in baseball.

Second base does not appear to be an area of immediate need with some depth, and offensive and defensive minded options already lined up for 2012. ?If the Mets re-sign Jose Reyes, and if Daniel Murphy is healthy, those three players will again compete for reps with Murphy offering the most offense and Tejada the best defense.

Tags: Analysis, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens, Toby Hyde
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Syracuse Chiefs 3, @ Buffalo Bisons 1

3B?Josh Satin?on his final night in 2011 as a Bison: 2-4, 2B.

He was told after the game that had earned a look in the big leagues when the Mets purchased his contract and added him to the Major League roster. ?In 38 games with Buffalo, the 26-year old Satin hit .317/.381/.393 with 14 walks and 33 strikeouts after bopping .325/.423/.538 in 94 games in AA. ?Satin played 10 games at first for the Bisons, seven at second base, and 22 at third.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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@ Toledo Mud Hens 7, Buffalo Bisons 6

The usual suspects:SS Jordany Valdespin: 2-5, 2B, 3 K. For those keeping score at home, that's two walks against 14 strikeouts in 15 games in AAA as part of a .250/.269/.391 line.

3B Josh Satin: 2-4, R, 2 RBI. He's sitting at .331/.394/.411 in 32 games in AAA and doing so with a .421 BABIP. ? His extra-base hit rate has dropped in half, from 11.9% in AA to 5.8% in AAA and his walk rate has dropped from 14% to 9%. ?There really is a difference between AA and AAA. ?We're not dealing with comfortably large data sets, but I think it's important to note that Satin's power and patience indicators have dropped significantly with the move from AA to AAA.

Tags: Chris Schwinden, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Buffalo Bisons 6, @ Columbus Clippers 4?

The top three hitters in the Bisons' lineup, 2B Jordany Valdespin, 3B Josh Satin and 1B Zach Lutz all had two hits.

The 23-year old Valdespin, who is hitting .236/.259/.364 in his first 13 games in AAA, was 2-4 with a double and three RBI. ?He drove home one run on a sac fly when Fernando Perez scored from second base. ?Valdespin has five extra base hits in his 13 games in AAA, four doubles and a homer, but has drawn just two walks and fanned 11 times.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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@ Syracuse Chiefs (Was) 3, Buffalo Bisons 2 (11 innings)

- Josh Satin was 1-5 and scored a run to extend his hitting streak to 15 games. He's hit safely in 16 of 17 in AAA. He's also drawn seven walks in 17 games and is hitting .353/.413/.485 in 17 games as a Bison.

- Fernando Martinez was 2-for-5. Since taking an 0-for-4 in his first game back from the disabled list on July 30, he is 10-for-28 (.357) in his last seven games with five doubles, two walks and four strikeouts. The 22-year old has had a nice week. Now he just needs to do it again. I think there are many, many Mets fans who have given up on Martinez, a move that seems natural, but he's still only 22.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Fernando Martinez, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Sunday hurt. ?The Mets lost Daniel Murphy for the season with an MCL tear and Jose Reyes with a "minor" left hamstring pull.

Ruben Tejada will be coming back from Buffalo to play short in Reyes' absence. ?He's the only choice as the only player who is on the 40-man roster who can handle shortstop every day in the majors. ?For what it's worth, Tejada has really struggled at the plate in the 15 games since returning to Buffalo in July going .193/.254/.211 with one extra-base hit. ?On the plus side, it's only 15 games, so in the grand scheme of things, it really doesn't matter.

What happens if the Mets decide to place Reyes on the disabled list? ?It might well be Mike Baxter or Josh Satin time.

Tags: Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Mike Baxter, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Pawtucket 11, Buffalo Bisons 1

Josh Satin, playing first base, was 1-4 with a double to run his AAA hitting streak to 13 games. The 26-year old is hitting .412 (21-51) over his streak, which is the second-longest active streak in the International League.

Saturday, Zach Lutz was activated from the disabled list. The Bisons also swapped catchers by adding Mike Nickeas, who was returned from the Mets (displaced by Nick Evans) and sending Dusty Ryan back down to AA Binghamton. Lutz was 1-3 in his return to Buffalo.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Zach Lutz, Toby Hyde
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AAA: @ Pawtucket Red Sox 6, Buffalo Bisons 5

Fernando Martinez smacked three doubles in the Bisons 6-5 loss to Pawtucket. ?Martinez now has five extra base hits in his last three games (4 2B, HR). ?Over his last 10 games Martinez is hitting .273/.429/.576 with four doubles, two home runs, 7 BB, and 9 K.

Josh Satin: 2-3, 3 runs scored, BB. ?Satin has a 12-game hitting streak where he is hitting .426 (20-47).

Tags: Collin McHugh, Fernando Martinez, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens
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Saturday: Buffalo Bisons 2, @ Lehigh Valley 1Sunday: Buffalo Bisons 7, @ Lehigh Valley 1

Fernando Martinez returned. ?The Fragile one was 0-4 Saturday before going 2-for-4 with a run scored Sunday. ?The 22-year old is hitting .254/.327/.400 in 53 games this year after hitting .253/.317/.455 in 71 games in AAA last year.

With a single Saturday, and a double Sunday,?Josh Satin has played in 10 games in AAA, hit in nine of them and rides an eight-game hitting streak. ?A natural second baseman, he's played nine games at third for Buffalo and one at first. ?He just keeps hitting. ?Maybe he's an MLB bench piece.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Fernando Martinez, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Scranton/WB Yankees 6, @ Buffalo Bisons 3

So the Bisons lost their third straight, but guess who's hitting again? If you said 3B Josh Satin, you win. After going 3-for-4, the 26-year old has hit safely in five straight games and is sitting at .346 (9-for-26) with a double and a home run after one week in AAA. ?Guy just hits.

Mark Cohoon was ok, but nothing more: 5 IP, 6 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 2 BB, 3 K

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde

Pawtucket Red Sox 7, @ Buffalo Bisons 6

In his third AAA game, Josh Satin hit his first AAA homer as part of a 1-for-5 afternoon. ?The 26-year old played 3B Sunday. ?The Mets are pretty set at that position. ?If you count yourself a Satin fan, and after hitting .325/.423/.538 in 94 games in AA this year, he now apparently has fans, ask yourself the question, where does he fit?

Dale Thayer gave up the go-ahead HR in the ninth: 1 IP, 3 H, 3 R, 3 ER, 1 BB, 0 k, 1 HR.

Tags: Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde

Binghamton Mets 11, @ Reading Phillies 1Bats!

  • Josh Satin was 3-5 with a double and an RBI to finish his 2011 AA tour at .325/.423/.538. Yeah, I said finished. At 1 AM Friday morning, Adam Rubin tweeted that Satin had been promoted to AAA.
  • Jordany Valdespin (.304/.349/.493) was 3-4 with two solo homers, and now has blasted 13 long balls. ?I hate to nit-pick, but he was caught stealing again, and is now 5-for-12 in July. ?He was 24-for-30 in the season's first three months. ?I can't explain it. ?Can you? ?Since June 1, he's hitting a silly .348/.386/.584 with 11 home runs and seven walks in 47 games. Yeah, seriously, he has hit a home run more often than he has drawn a walk in the last month and a half. ?Valdespin played second while 26-year old minor league free agent Niuman Romero played short.
  • Matt den Dekker: 1-4, HR, BB, K.... That's three bombs in two games for den Dekker.
Collin McHugh: 5 IP, 4 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 K, and 1-for-2, sacrifice bunt, RBI. ?He was more than good enough, but it was his quip via twitter that summed up his night best:?
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde

Binghamton Mets 7, @ Portland Sea Dogs 2

SS Jordany Valdespin was 3-5 with a double to inch back within a hair's breadth of .300 at .299/.343/.471 in 89 games. ?Since June 1, the ?23-year old is hitting .339/.375/.546 with nine doubles and nine homers in 174 AB over 45 games. ?Go gaga over the average and power. ?However, recognize that it comes with two areas where Valdespin must improve: a 3.7% walk rate and a 66% (18 SB/27 AT) stolen base percentage since June 1. ?In particular, Valdespin is 5-for-11 in July. ?Before July, he was running wild at an 80% ?(24 SB/30 AT) clip. ?Did he become less selective, or is this small sample size silliness?

Meanwhile, Josh Satin (.322/.421/.538), playing 2B again, was 2-4 with a walk. ?He extended his consecutive games on base streak to 43 straight. ?Yeah, 43 straight. ?The next best streaks in the Eastern League this year? 27.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brandon Moore, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Josh Satin, currently hitting .316/.414/.532 for AA Binghamton, hit for the cycle last night. ?He was 4-4 with a walk, two runs scored and two RBI in the BMets' 5-3 win over Bowie.

A second baseman by trade, Satin has also played nine games at first this year and 22 at third. ?Scouts generally don't look kindly on his defensive work.

However, at this point, the 26-year old Satin has proved conclusively he can hit at AA, going a combined .312/.404/.499 between this year and last year.

Tags: Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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Binghamton Mets infielder Josh Satin has been named the Eastern League Player of the Week.? For the week Satin was 9-14 (.643) with 4 doubles, a home run, 3 RBI, one stolen base, and three walks.

Satin led the Eastern League last week in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage and OPS and tied for first in doubles and extra-base hits.

For the season Satin is hitting .354/.436/.563 with four doubles, two home runs, and eight RBI.

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There was a flurry of Mets minor news over the last couple of days.? With official rosters trickling in, we can now form rotations and lineups based on who is going where.? Here are some of the most newsworthy notes:

  • Josh Stinson (pictured), who many thought would be headed to AAA, will get the ball on opening day for the Binghamton Mets.
  • Rounding out the rest of the B-Mets rotation behind Stinson will be Mark Cohoon, Brad Holt, Robert Carson, and Brandon Moore.
  • B-Mets manager Wally Backman says Eric Campbell will hit third and Josh Satin will play second base and bat fourth.
  • Jeurys Familia apparently will be headed back to St. Lucie (A+), instead of moving up to Binghamton.
  • With news that Satin will be the B-Mets starting second baseman, it reveals that Reese Havens, who would be slated to Binghamton, is not healthy enough to start the season.
Tags: Binghamton Mets, Brad Holt, Brandon Moore, Eric Campbell, Jeurys Familia, Josh Stinson, Joshua Satin, Mark Cohoon, Reese Havens

The Arizona Fall League finished up its season over the weekend so it's time to examine what happened out in the desert for Mets farmhands.

Keep the League environment in mind. This is an offensive friendly league where the ball carries well, and the infields are hard and fast.? The AFL hit .283/.357/.431 and scored 12 runs per game in 2010.? By contrast, the National League hit .255/.324/.399 and scored 4.3 runs per game.? The AFL had a .330 BABIP, the NL .299.

The level of play in the AFL is inconsistent: there are guys who will play in the big leagues, and be impact players in short order, and there are guys who will be below average players in AA.

Tags: Arizona Fall League, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Toby Hyde
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So I've slacked really hard on my position-by-position review of the Mets farm system.? Well, that and the team went out and hired a new General Manager and reshaped the entire front office, which is kind of a big deal.? I'm using these to start lining up my thinking for my overall rankings.? I want to finish the infield with shortstops and third baseman this week and finish the series the week after.

So, today we move on to second base.? Second base was a black hole for the Mets in 2010. By Fangraphs' WAR, the team's -0.4 WAR was the second-worst in all of baseball, ahead of only the Cleveland Indians.? The Mets' keystoners combined on a .269 wOBA, making their offensive contribution dead last in all of baseball. ? Since the Mets derived so little value from secondbase in 2010, it should be the easiest place to improve in 2011.

Is Ruben Tejada, who turned 21 four days before Halloween, the solution?? In 2010, while hitting .213/.305/.282, he was certainly part of the problem.? Did you realize that he hit .296/.377/.352 against lefthanders in 61 PA and an anemic .185/.282/.259 against righthanders in 194 PA?? In 2009, his OPS was 69 points better against lefties than righties in AA and in AAA it rose to 80 points before it exploded in the big leagues.? Also, while many Mets fans had understandably tuned out in September, Tejada hit .281/.354/.439 while playing everyday for the first time.? His BABIP was a healthy .321 and while his line drive rate nearly matched his other full big league months, his flyball rate of 53.8% was his highest of any major league month, while his ground ball rate of 27% was below 39% for the first time in a MLB month.? Is this all small sample size noise, or did Tejada really make an aggressive adjustment in September that helped him hit the ball in the air more?? Are more flyballs even desirable for a hitter like Tejada?

Tags: Alonzo Harris, Jordanny Valdespin, Joshua Satin, Reese Havens, Ruben Tejada, Toby Hyde
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Satin GraduatesJosh Satin had graduated from the Arizona Fall League's Taxi Squad to the varsity.? Taxi squad players are only allowed to play on Wednesdays and Saturdays.? However, Jordanny Valdespin strained his forearm, so the Mesa Solar Sox needed a second baseman.? In nine games, Satin is hitting a robust .438/.526/.594 with two doubles, a home run, five walks and 12 strikeouts in 32 AB.? How unsustainable is that line? He's running a .684 BABIP.? Satin, who will be 26 two days before Christmas, hit .308/.395/.472 and looks destined for a 2B/utility role at AAA in 2011.

STS on Armando Rodriguez Mike Newman of Scouting the Sally.com writes up a scouting report on RHP Armando Rodriguez. Mike is not a fan, concluding:

"I just don?t know how I can possibly project 90-92 MPH with fringe breaking stuff as a future big leaguer.? In trying to run the big league scenarios for a pitcher with his arsenal through my head, I just don?t see where he fits into a major league pitching staff.
Tags: Arizona Fall League, Armando Rodriguez, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde

AAASaturday: @ Buffalo Bisons 5, Pawtucket Red Sox 4 (7 innings)Sunday: Pawtucket Red Sox 9, Buffalo Bisons 2 (7 innings)Pawtucket Red Sox 7, @ Buffalo Bisons 5 (7 innings)

So we start with injuries.? Fernando Martinez couldn't go in game two Sunday with a right knee injury while 2B Justin Turner left game one after two pitches and according to Bisons.com "could miss significant time."

According to his post-game comments, Manager Ken Oberkfell first noticed that Martinez was hobbling running out a ground ball and then saw that he wasn't moving well in the outfield.? After game one, when asked, Martinez told the coaching staff that indeed his knee was bothering him.? The 21-year old Martinez is dangerously close to making 2010 a lost year.? In 71 games in AAA he's hitting .253/.317/.455 with 16 doubles and 12 home runs and 17 walks against 65 strikeouts.? He was 3-18 (.167) in his seven MLB games.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Fernando Martinez, Joshua Satin, Justin Turner, Lucas Duda, Toby Hyde
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AAA: Buffalo Bisons 6, @ Syracuse Chiefs 2

Apparently Buffalo manager Ken Oberkfell isn't convinced that Lucas Duda can hit.? So, Duda, from the eighth spot in the Bisons' batting order went 2-4 with a solo homer, his seventh in his last ten games.

After hitting six bombs in 45 games in AAA, Duda has eight in 21 in AAA.? He's hitting a combined .300/.406/.582 for the year and .329/.395/.750 in 21 games in AAA.? Three of his eight homers have come against lefties against whom he's hitting .200/.286/.640 compared to .392/.448/.804 versus righties.

Tags: Binghamton Mets, Buffalo Bisons, Joshua Satin, Kirk Nieuwenhuis, Lucas Duda, Sean Ratliff, Toby Hyde
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Monday, the SAL named LHP Jimmy Johnson, RHP Jeff Kaplan, OF Sean Ratliff and 2B/1B Josh Satin to the Southern Division All-Star team.? The game will be played on June 23rd, at the home of the West Virginia Power.

Satin (.310/.409/.411) is tenth in the SAL in batting average and third in OBP.

Ratliff (.304/.346/.487) is tied for fourth in the league with 16 doubles.

Tags: Awards, Daily Recap, Jimmy Johnson, Joshua Satin, Sean Ratliff, Toby Hyde
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As a follow up to my monthly recap feature, I?m doing interviews with the Players of the Month for each team. I named 24-year old Josh Satin who hit .362/.438/.420 in the season?s opening month, my April Player of the Month for Savannah (link). The Mets sixth round pick a year ago, Satin was a Baseball America All-American in his senior year at Cal, joining Xavier Nady as the only Freshmen All-American and All-American in school history.

I really enjoyed talking to Satin, who?s very articulate about hitting. He?s passionate about hitting in a way that reminded me of talking with Daniel Murphy when he was a minor leaguer. I love it when guys keep notebooks.

If you read to the end, there?s a great story about Wilmer Flores.

Tags: Interview, Joshua Satin, Toby Hyde
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This week's mailbag focuses on the secondbase position in the Mets system at the A-ball level.? I run mailbags pretty much whenever I feel like it, but at a minimum, I will aim for at least once weekly this season.? As always, you can use the comments section for questions, or email me directly.? I prefer to use the comment section for quicker responses.....

A few points before we get started about secondbase.? First, secondbase is kind of the hybrid position.? Guys who play second usually end up there for one of the following reasons: they lack the overall athleticism (hands and feet) for SS, they don't have the arm for either position on the left side of the diamond, or they don't have the power to profile as the typical 3B.? While it's easy to write about what secondbasemen are not, they also have to cover a fair amount of range on the infield, possess sure hands and the toughness to hang in at the bag on doubleplays.? Secondly, whereas minor league shortstops who don't become starters can find a home as a 2B or utility player, the same is not the case for 2B who usually lack the versatility to handle other positions capably.

Nate W asks:

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A+: Fort Myers Miracle (1) @ ST. LUCIE METS (8)LHP Angel Calero continues to impress, this time allowing just one run and four hits - with two walks and three strikeouts - over six innings to get the win (1-0). He has a 0.82 ERA over his first two starts (1 ER / 11.0 IP). OF Brahiam Maldonado was the offensive star going 3-for-4 with a homer and five RBI. C Francisco Pena and OF Kirk Nieuwenhuis also went 2-for-4.

A: SAVANNAH SAND GNATS (18) @ Augusta GreenJackets (3)It was all about the offense for the Gnats and LHP Robert Carson was the beneficiary, tossing six shutout innings for his first win. He allowed just one hit and one walk while fanning three. Meanwhile the offense exploded, with seven players having multiple RBI's. 3B Joshua Satin was 4-for-4 with 3 runs and 2 RBI. SS Wilmer Flores was 2-for-4 with a double and 3 RBI. DH Jefry Marte was 1-for-6 with 2 runs, a triple, and 2 RBI.

Tags: Angel Calero, Daily Recap, Joshua Satin, Wilmer Flores