Q&A with Dan Foli

RHP Dan Foli sat down with me during opening night at KeySpan Park, and talked about the past, present and future. Foli was signed by the Mets earlier this year after he was released by the Cubs. Foli, a former 31st round pick, is the son of former Mets draft pick Tim Foli, who was the first overall selection in the 1968 MLB Amateur Draft. Dan follows Brian Bannister who played for the Cyclones during the 2003 season as the second son of a first overall pick to play for Brooklyn.

NYF: Has your father told you anything on what to expect here in New York, having been drafted by the Mets and playing for them for couple of seasons?

Foli: He played for the Mets when I wasn't born, so I don't know how the atmosphere was back then. However, to come out here, and have a stadium like this, and have the fan support like this, it's awesome.

NYF: KeySpan Park has roughly 8,000 in attendance each night, and is not your typical minor league ballpark. Have you ever played in any other minor league ballpark that has this type of atmosphere?

Foli: Yes, I have actually. I was drafted by the Cubs, and was with them for three years, and played over in Lansing, and Dayton, while we had 8,000 and 9,000 back, and forth so playing in front of a crowd like this is nothing new for me.

NYF: This is your first season with the Cyclones so you have not really seen the crowd's here in Brooklyn, however I'm sure you have been informed of how loud this stadium can get.

Foli: Yes, I have, and I think it will be good for all of us. I really enjoy having the fan support and it makes it a little nicer for us knowing they have these fans behind them cheering them on at this level.

NYF: Do you have any specific goals for this season or the future?

Foli: Just to try and win a championship, play winning baseball here, and try to bring a championship to Brooklyn.

NYF: While with the Cubs you played as high as the Florida State League (Single-A) with Daytona. Do you have any expectations of moving up here in the Mets system, and playing for a Capital City in the Sally League, or the St. Lucie Mets in the Florida State League?

Foli: I would like to, but as long as we are winning, and I am having fun that is the only thing that matters to me.

NYF: With two strikes on a batter, and needing a strikeout what pitch would you most likely be throwing to the hitter?

Foli: I'd probably go with my curveball.

NYF: Would you call yourself an over powering or a control pitcher?

Foli: I am more of a control pitcher that relies on changing speeds with his fastball.

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