Once again, it has been a strange week in baseball in the Quad Cities. The River Bandits' win/loss record hasn't changed dramatically, but there have been a few bumps along the way.
Readers may have noticed that Thomas Eager started on Monday afternoon and pitched to only one batter. After walking the first man he faced, Eager was pulled from the game. Some assumed that he was hurt. In truth, his start was the result of a mental error on the part of Manager Steve Dillard.
Monday was supposed to have been Eduardo Sanchez's start, with Eager as the tandem reliever. When Dillard turned in the official lineup, he had Eager listed as the starter. When the Kane County Manager caught the error, Eager had to quickly warm up and pitch to one batter before being replaced by the "starter" Sanchez. Don't you just love minor league baseball?
The Bandits are hovering just
above .500, holding on to third place in the Western Division. They are
currently in a four-game homestand before making another eight-game trip to
This week's feature player is one of the "veterans" who has been here since the beginning of the season. Mike Folli gives us a closer look at who he is and how he sees the game of baseball.
Jon: Mike, what part of your game are you working on to improve the most this season?
Mike: I'm trying to develop my right-handed hitting.
Jon: Where did you go to school?
Jon: What's your favorite color?
Mike: Black, I think.
Jon: Among your teammates, who would you say has a playing style that is most like yours?
Mike: Charlie Kingrey and I are both hard-nosed players. I'd say our style is a lot alike.
Jon: What has been the best moment of your life in baseball so far?
Mike: My junior year of high
school we were the state champions in
Jon: You've been in the
Mike: It's a real good opportunity to meet lots of people. I'm playing against other guys who are going to make the Majors, so that's been fun.
Jon: Who was your baseball hero when you were growing up?
Mike: Mark McGwire.
Jon: Outside of baseball, who was your sports hero?
Mike: The Great One, Wayne Gretzky.
Jon: That's right, you played hockey, too, didn't you?
Mike: I did. I was being scouted
Jon: What's your favorite food?
Mike: Sushi, but it's hard to find
Jon: What was your favorite team when you were a kid?
Jon: Do you have any superstitions?
Mike: Oh, I have lots; mostly my daily routines.
Jon: When you get the call to the Majors, what number do you want to wear?
Mike: I've always worn number
four. In college, last year in
Jon: What's your favorite
Mike: The new G2 Gatorade—good stuff.
Jon: What's your favorite off-season pastime?
Mike: I just like to relax and spend time with my family.
Jon: Do you have any tattoos?
Mike: None, yet. But I noticed
that there are a lot of places in
Jon: Do you have any fears or phobias?
Mike: I can't stand spiders.
Jon: If you were a car, what kind would you be?
Mike: Hmmm, I'd have to say a Ferrari.
Jon: What's your favorite baseball movie?
Mike: Field of Dreams.
Jon: Do you have a favorite brand for sports gear?
Jon: What would be your choice for an intro song if you could have one?
Mike: I'm not sure what song, but it would be country.
Jon: What else would you like Scout.com readers to know about Mike Folli?
Mike: Well, not many people know
that I played hockey. I was recruited by
Deal this week
Paul Vasquez has had a tremendous
week. In 11 at bats in
No Deal this week
Matt Arburr had a great April and a very lackluster May. He has only nine hits for the month. Tommy Pham was at the top of my watch list when he first arrived to help the Bandits, but he has gone into a deep slump, recently recording a 1-for-26 slide. Osvaldo Morales has been with the Bandits for 22 games and he has struck out 36 times.
On the watch list
On a side note, the Rasmus Report
I was able to attend a couple of
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