Satin Getting More Aggressive

BUFFALO, NY - With the Buffalo Bisons playing the first game of a two game series against Pawtucket in the "Futures at Fenway" series in Boston over the weekend, Bisons' first baseman Josh Satin had the chance show his stuff in a big league park. While the 27-year-old liked the idea of playing in Fenway Park, the end goal is to be playing in big league parks on a full-time basis.

"It's all right," he said, referring to playing at the big league home of the Boston Red Sox. "It's something where I've never been there, so it's pretty cool. But, it's just another game, really. The ultimate goal is to be playing at places like that every day. It's nice to see it, but that's not the end-all."

Despite struggling for the first two months of the season, Satin has turned things around, and has become a consistent bat in the Bisons' lineup.

He's hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 55 runs batted in with a .457 slugging percentage. The California native also rode a 10-plus game hitting streak through the beginning of August, but has cooled down a bit as of late.

"At the beginning of the year I was struggling," he said. "For the first month or two, I wasn't where I'm normally at. It's just been hard work. These guys here, Wally [Backman] and George [Greer] worked with me, and by the beginning of June I figured it out."

"A consistent swing is where it begins," Satin said. "Just to have a consistent swing, and therefore consistent at-bats and consistent production is really the key."

Satin had to adjust to the higher level of pitching at the Triple-A level, and that's helped him be a dependable hitter as well.

"At this level, when you get higher, everyone's throwing strikes with much different pitches," he said. "You can't really be just free-swinging at fastballs and whatnot.

"You need more balance, and I'd say more compact with your swing. That's what we worked on, and that's what helped me. Just making everything more simple to where I‘m not getting in my own way."

Although Satin has found his way and is having a decent season offensively, Bisons' manager Wally Backman would like to see more from the first baseman.

"Sat's had a pretty good year offensively," said Backman, who coached Satin last year in Double-A Binghamton before he was called up to Buffalo. "It's not as good as I've seen him have in the past. You know, his average is up, but I don't think he drove in the runs that he could have drove in.

"He hasn't hit as well with runners in scoring position as he did last year, and probably the previous year. For consistency, he's hit right around .300 all year round. He's had a good year, but I wouldn't say it's been an exceptional year for him."

Backman would like to see Satin do more with his at-bats, and be more aggressive at the plate. Satin has a tendency to take pitches, waiting for the perfect count, instead of going after pitches and making things happen, Backman said.

"I was just talking to Josh about it," he said. "It's about being ready to hit every pitch. It's getting up at an at-bat and it's hit, hit, take. There's been times when he's been up there and he's just basically in the take mode, trying to work himself into a fastball count. Good hitters create their own counts."

Despite the criticism, Backman has noticed improvement in that facet of Satin's game, including being more aggressive with runners in scoring position.

"He's been much better the last six weeks," he said. "He's been more aggressive, and it shows. He's drove the ball better and drove in more runs."

For Satin's part, the dwindling season is a work in progress, and there's always work to do to get better.

"It's never perfect," he said. "One week it seems like it is, and the next it's not. Hitting is a crazy thing. Last week, for example, I couldn't get out, and this week is a different story."

While continuing to improve on the mechanics of the game is important, the mental aspect is equally as important, or more so, Satin said, to making the jump to the next level, where playing in places like Fenway Park on a regular basis is a reality.

"I think, personally, the key to being a better hitter, especially at this level, is being able to step out of the box in between a different pitch, and say, ‘look, let's get back to this,'" he said. "That's an ongoing process throughout anyone's career.

"It's really, truly finding yourself. I'd be surprised if the best hitters in baseball didn't know themselves perfectly."


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\r\n \r\n\r\n\"It's all right,\" he said, referring to playing at the big league home of the Boston Red Sox. \"It's something where I've never been there, so it's pretty cool. But, it's just another game, really. The ultimate goal is to be playing at places like that every day. It's nice to see it, but that's not the end-all.\"
\r\n
\r\nDespite struggling for the first two months of the season, Satin has turned things around, and has become a consistent bat in the Bisons' lineup.
\r\n
\r\nHe's hitting .292 with 13 home runs and 55 runs batted in with a .457 slugging percentage. The California native also rode a 10-plus game hitting streak through the beginning of August, but has cooled down a bit as of late.
\r\n
\r\n\"At the beginning of the year I was struggling,\" he said. \"For the first month or two, I wasn't where I'm normally at. It's just been hard work. These guys here, Wally [Backman] and George [Greer] worked with me, and by the beginning of June I figured it out.\"
\r\n
\r\n\"A consistent swing is where it begins,\" Satin said. \"Just to have a consistent swing, and therefore consistent at-bats and consistent production is really the key.\"
\r\n
\r\nSatin had to adjust to the higher level of pitching at the Triple-A level, and that's helped him be a dependable hitter as well.
\r\n
\r\n\"At this level, when you get higher, everyone's throwing strikes with much different pitches,\" he said. \"You can't really be just free-swinging at fastballs and whatnot.
\r\n
\r\n\"You need more balance, and I'd say more compact with your swing. That's what we worked on, and that's what helped me. Just making everything more simple to where I‘m not getting in my own way.\"
\r\n
\r\nAlthough Satin has found his way and is having a decent season offensively, Bisons' manager Wally Backman would like to see more from the first baseman.
\r\n
\r\n\"Sat's had a pretty good year offensively,\" said Backman, who coached Satin last year in Double-A Binghamton before he was called up to Buffalo. \"It's not as good as I've seen him have in the past. You know, his average is up, but I don't think he drove in the runs that he could have drove in.
\r\n
\r\n\"He hasn't hit as well with runners in scoring position as he did last year, and probably the previous year. For consistency, he's hit right around .300 all year round. He's had a good year, but I wouldn't say it's been an exceptional year for him.\"
\r\n
\r\nBackman would like to see Satin do more with his at-bats, and be more aggressive at the plate. Satin has a tendency to take pitches, waiting for the perfect count, instead of going after pitches and making things happen, Backman said.
\r\n
\r\n\"I was just talking to Josh about it,\" he said. \"It's about being ready to hit every pitch. It's getting up at an at-bat and it's hit, hit, take. There's been times when he's been up there and he's just basically in the take mode, trying to work himself into a fastball count. Good hitters create their own counts.\"
\r\n
\r\nDespite the criticism, Backman has noticed improvement in that facet of Satin's game, including being more aggressive with runners in scoring position.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's been much better the last six weeks,\" he said. \"He's been more aggressive, and it shows. He's drove the ball better and drove in more runs.\"
\r\n
\r\nFor Satin's part, the dwindling season is a work in progress, and there's always work to do to get better.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's never perfect,\" he said. \"One week it seems like it is, and the next it's not. Hitting is a crazy thing. Last week, for example, I couldn't get out, and this week is a different story.\"
\r\n
\r\nWhile continuing to improve on the mechanics of the game is important, the mental aspect is equally as important, or more so, Satin said, to making the jump to the next level, where playing in places like Fenway Park on a regular basis is a reality.
\r\n
\r\n\"I think, personally, the key to being a better hitter, especially at this level, is being able to step out of the box in between a different pitch, and say, ‘look, let's get back to this,'\" he said. \"That's an ongoing process throughout anyone's career.
\r\n
\r\n\"It's really, truly finding yourself. I'd be surprised if the best hitters in baseball didn't know themselves perfectly.\"
\r\n
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