After 11 appearances and 13.0 solid innings of work in the AFL to date, Cody Satterwhite is at least getting a few pats on the back for his work in the Fall League so far. The 26-year old missed 2010 and 2012 with injuries, and he missed a large portion of 2011 with shoulder injuries as well. He was a second-round pick for the Detroit Tigers in 2008 with a hard sinking fastball and was once looked at as a player with high potential.
Satterwhite was playing with an independent team, the Sioux City Explorers, before signing with the Mets on July 2nd. The Mets added him to their St. Lucie squad where he made 16 appearances for them. He enjoyed success there with a 2.78 ERA and a 2-2 record. He struck out batters at a healthy rate, 9.1 K/9, which was in line with his career mark of 9.7 K/9. He was actually really impressive in his work with the Explorers, as he owned an ERA of 0.65 in 27.2 innings.
Satterwhite was a smart guy to take a flier on — if he can stay healthy, he always had the potential to be a solid relief pitcher. He was a highly touted pitcher out of High School and early in College. There were questions about his command, but he had three potential secondary offerings to go with his fastball. He can still get his fastball into the mid 90s, so we’ll see what happens to Satterwhite next year. He turns 27 in January, and the Mets can push him all the way up to Triple-A so he has some time against more experienced competition. If he holds his own, it never does hurt to have a little pitching depth on hand.