Josh Satin had a huge week for the Las Vegas 51s, which gives him today’s MMN Player of the Week Award! Josh Rodriguez, last week’s winner, did his best to try and become MMN’s first back-t0-back winner, but I couldn’t give it to him. A huge shout out to J-Rod for extending his hitting streak to 19 games this week, though.
Satin was a constant bother to opposing pitchers this week, hitting at a .440 clip (11-for-25). Those 11 hits only included one double and one home run, but he also scored four times, collected five RBIs, and drew six walks. This hot streak included three straight multi-hit games as well, and he’s been a major reason as to why the 51s went 6-1 this week, including their current five-game win streak.
What had impressed me most about Satin’s week was his plate discipline. During a three game span from the 28th to the 30th, he went a ridiculous 9-for-14 (.643 BA). In the next game against Reno, he went 0-for-1, but drew three walks. Despite feeling locked in at the plate, the first baseman wasn’t willing to sacrifice going out of the strike zone to keep his hot streak alive.
Although he currently doesn’t reside on the 40-man roster, there has been some chatter about how Satin is deserving of a chance at the major league level if the Mets decided to demote Ike Davis (which looks unlikely now). Out of those eligible and still in Vegas, Stain’s .312 batting average ranks second to only Andrew Brown‘s .371 mark. His nine home runs are the most on the squad, and his 32 RBIs trail only Wilmer Flores, who has driven in 38 teammates so far this season.
Now that Ike’s bat has started to show a little life, it doesn’t seem like Satin will have any chance at getting promoted to the big leagues any time soon. It’s unfortunate for him because he’s proven he does deserve a chance. However, it’s important for him to continue performing well so Davis can hear footsteps behind him. He shouldn’t feel like his job is safe, and Satin is doing the best he can to remind Ike of that on a nightly basis.
Congratulations to Josh on winning our third MMN Player of the Week award! Let’s hope he continues to be a main contributor as we see the Las Vegas 51s continue to climb in the Pacific Coast League standings.