NEW YORK -- Two new Mets joined the team prior to Thursday's game against the Marlins at Citi Field, as right-handed pitcher Josh Stinson and infielder Josh Satin suited up for their first Major League games.
Manager Terry Collins is more than familiar with both players from his time coaching in the Mets' Minor League system.
"I know what to expect from them," Collins said. "Hopefully they carry over what they did to get here. That was my message to them when they walked in today. 'What got you here will keep you here.'"
Collins said Stinson will not have a defined role out of the bullpen, rather he will be used as needed. Stinson began the year as a starter at Double-A Binghamton and earned a promotion to Triple-A Buffalo. He struggled there, and was sent back to Binghamton to work as a reliever. There, Stinson went 4-3 with six saves and a 3.99 ERA in 27 games this season. A 37th-round pick in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, the 23-year-old Stinson posted 39 strikeouts and 16 walks in 47 1/3 Double-A innings this year.
"Josh Stinson's got an outstanding arm," Collins said. "He's got two plus pitches, a great sinker, a good slider. He's got to throw them for strikes."
Satin might have a tough time finding playing time with the Mets seemingly set for the remainder of the year at all three positions he plays -- first, second and third base. Already 23 when he entered the Mets' Minor League system out of the University of California in 2008, Satin has worked his way through the Mets' organization despite not originally being thought of as a Major League prospect.
The 26-year-old began the year at Binghamton before being promoted to Buffalo after playing in 94 games. In 38 games at Buffalo, Satin batted .317 with a .381 on-base percentage and a .393 slugging percentage. He knocked in 16 runs at Buffalo and hit one home run in 160 plate appearances.
"I explained to him that I've made a little bit of a commitment to Nick [Evans] at first base to let him play a lot," Collins said. "I told him I'd try to get him some playing time here and there, and he understood."
"I just told him that I was very, very, very proud of the fact that he's here. I think it's one of the great stories in our game. For a guy who was pretty much maligned because people didn't like his swing and people didn't like the fact that he didn't really have a position, and yet all he's done is battled and battled and battled and got here."