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.
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.
Rob Brender: You’ve hit four homeruns and seven double (this season). Have you noticed that the homeruns have come as a result of your approach at the plate or is some of it because of the altitude?
Josh Satin: I really think it’s learning how to hit better. Homeruns come in certain counts and when you give yourself certain opportunities to take a chance. In previous years, especially the begining of my career, I didn’t really know how to take a chance and never really did, so every homerun I hit was kind of a mistake. It just happened. This is my fifth year in professional baseball so I’ve learned when and how to take a chance better.
Rob Brender: Does playing in the high altitude of Las Vegas give you any added confidence as a hitter?
Josh Satin: I personally don’t think that Vegas has been that much of a hitters park at this point. It hasn’t been that warm. I know it’s going to get better. I think the only advantage so far is the ground is so hard that balls get through. I don’t know if the pitchers have a fear of letting the ball getting in the air. As a hitter, it’s definitely a better feeling knowing that if you square a ball to the opposite field you’re going to get better results. Sometimes last year in Buffalo the wind would blow in from right field off the water and I would get scared to hit the ball the other way because I thought it was an out. It’s definitely a welcomed change that that’s not the case.
Rob Brender: You’ve been playing primarily first base this year. Do you feel like that’s your best position?
Josh Satin: It’s probably my best position but ideally I do not want to be pigeon-holed as a first baseman. That doesn’t give you much room for opportunity in this organization or in most but I would say my best positions are probably first or third. I think I can play second and I want to start to play the outfield more. I’ve been getting reps there in practice for the last two years but haven’t gotten into a game (as an outfielder) yet. In Triple-A this year we don’t really have anyone else who plays first, so that’s where I’m at right now.
Rob Brender: You’ve gotten shots at the big league level in 2011 and 2012 and you’re doing so well offensively this season. Does it make you anxious to get back to the Mets?
Josh Satin: Absolutely, but there’s a fine line. You can’t feel sorry for yourself because there are lots of other people in professional baseball who feel the same way. Then again, sometimes I look around and I’m like ‘damn, this guys in the big leagues with what ever team. I know I’m better then him.’ So it’s hard sometimes but, then again, it’s just the way it is. You can’t feel sorry for yourself. You just have to keep performing.