Quad Cities lose Midwest League All-Star pair

The Quad Cities River Bandits offense will be missing two of their brightest stars.

The Quad Cities River Bandits, off to a strong start in the second-half standings in the Midwest League Western Division, suffered a dual setback this week when two League All-Stars were placed on the disabled list.

Utiltyman Colin Walsh and second baseman Luis Mateo have been placed on Quad Cities' seven-day DL, retroactive to July 2. Walsh took a pitch to his right forearm on July 1. Mateo was also hit by a pitch - on his back behind his left shoulder - last Thursday. He played in one game since, but the decision was made to place him on the DL.

Walsh, 22, was the Cardinals' organization's Player of the Month in May. The switch-hitter is third in the league in batting average at .317, and is first in on-base percentage at .427, slugging at .578 and OPS at 1.005. Walsh is also tops in RBI with 64 and is second in home runs with 16.

Mateo, 22, ranks in the top 20 in the league with a .295 average, 18 doubles and 15 stolen bases. The right-handed hitter is 11th in slugging at .483 and 14th in OPS at .831.

As of Thursday, the Bandits with Walsh and Mateo have a 9-4 record and hold a one-game lead over Burlington and Kane County.

Two 2012 draftees have been called upon to replace the pair of disabled players. Anthony Melchionda has been transferred from Batavia to Quad Cities while Brett Wiley has been dispatched from the Gulf Coast League Cardinals.

Melchionda, 22, was the Cardinals' 14th-round selection from Boston College. In his first 14 games in the New York-Penn League, the right-handed hitting shortstop logged a line of .210/.246/.290. Melchionda had four RBI and scored five runs. He fanned 15 times in 62 at-bats but drew just two walks.

Wiley, 20, is a left-handed hitting shortstop taken in the 13th round of this June's draft from Jefferson (MO) College. In 12 Gulf Coast League contests, he posted a .237/.326/.316 line. Wiley scored six runs, drove in three and had a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 9-to-5.

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