With Ike Davis back from exile and installed right back into the four spot in the lineup, Josh Satin became an odd man out. That’s not a new situation; Josh has been the odd man out for years now. Satin is 28, and unless you count 27 plate appearances in 2011 as a fair audition, he has never been given a chance to show if he can play in the major leagues. When you see Satin you can see why, he is not fast, and he does not have above-average power. Defensively it will be hard for Satin to play anywhere but a corner. What has kept him around in the minors this long is an ability to work counts and get on base. But here is the thing; he plays for an organization that preaches endlessly about working counts, pitch recognition, and the importance of getting on base. But Satin, with a .399 lifetime minor league OBP has never been considered an option. I find it curious, and then it makes me wonder, do we really value OBP? This Satin thing has me thinking about it, and honestly, it confuses me.
Now it’s hard to talk about Satin right now without bringing up Ike Davis. Ike Davis is the anti-Satin. Davis has big power, he hit 32 home runs just last year. He also had a .308 OBP last year. He has followed that up with the miserable year we have seen so far, the one that finally led to his being sent down and Satin getting his shot. A shot that Satin seized and used to show that maybe (yes, of course only maybe) he could do similar things in the majors to what he has done in the minors. But it didn’t matter, not even a little bit. As soon as Davis hit just enough to possibly justify a promotion, he is back. This once again confuses me. Not so much that a team would try so hard to salvage Davis’s power, I like power quite a bit and get that. But that this team, the one that I thought was being molded for patience and approach, would be so starry eyed over Davis.
We know Billy Beane had a similar situation on his hand in 2002. It’s become quite the famous one, where Beane, who valued OBP, wanted Scott Hatteberg to play and Carlos Pena to sit. Now Josh Satin, with what is definitely known as a small sample size, may not turn out to be Scott Hatteberg. The only way we can find out, though, is to get him major league at bats. Davis, on the other hand, has been around long enough to show that Pena is a good comparison. So, if it sounds like a big complaint from me, actually it is not. I’m not Beane. It’s just weird to me because I thought the whole premise behind Alderson was that he shared Beane’s values. We are seeing that in this case he does not.
Now look, I would never pretend that I was ever clamoring for Josh Satin. There have been others who have, the staff of Mets 360 has mentioned Satin many times, and Jeffrey Paternostro of Amazin’ Avenue has been on nothing short of a personal crusade for Josh for a long time. With what Satin has done so far they look pretty savvy. I would read their posts and find them intriguing but could never quite get there. He is still a corner, and I still like my corners to hit for power. I have respect for OBP but am more wary than some as to its relative importance.
I find it interesting that Sandy Alderson might be more like me than I thought.
Now that would be a scary thought.