Interview With Prospect Michael Schlact

Sam BornsteinContributor IJuly 30, 2010

ARLINGTON, TX - JULY 23:  Fans watch a game between the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and the Texas Rangers on July 23, 2010 at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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These 10 questions are just everyday questions. Please enjoy it!

Sam Bornstein: What Does it feel like to pitch in the Minor Leagues?

Michael Schlact: I am very blessed to have this opportunity to chase my dream of being a Major League Pitcher. Being able to pitch in the Minor Leagues is the stepping stone to realizing it. It's great to be able to be paid to do what I Love!

SB: If someone on your team gets promoted to the next team/higher class team in the Minor Leagues, how do you feel?

MS: First and foremost, I am very happy for them. We are teammates. I think if you're jealous or mad, you have the wrong mindset about the situation.

SB: What does it feel like to sign a Contract worth that much money?

MS: It is about the chance to realize my dream. Being drafted out of high school was an unbelievable opportunity. Being able to get paid was just a plus.

SB: What do you do to prepare for games?

MS: I usually just relax. I'll watch TV, cook lunch with my wife, and head to the field a few hours before game time. Once I'm there, I listen to country music and just get focused on the team I'm facing.

SB: What do you do in the off-season?

MS: I give pitching lessons to kids in the area that I live in. Besides working out, running and lessons, it's a full off-season!

SB: What was your favorite MLB Team growing up?

MS: I was always a Huge Atlanta Braves fan growing up. I have great memories of being at Braves games with my family.

SB: Is there a prankster in the Locker Rooms?

MS: There are always guys that try and be pranksters. I wouldn't point out one guy in particular, because that's when they come after you!

SB: When the Manager comes out to talk to you on the mound, what does he say?

MS: If the Manager is coming out to talk to me, he usually is pulling me. So depending on how the game has gone, it's different each time. On an average trip to the mound, he'll just come out and give me a breather, or talk to me about the next hitter.

SB: When someone on the team is traded, how does everyone feel about it?

MS: That's only happened a few times in my career. There isn't one feeling I have about it. I think that I'm happy for the guy, because generally that means another team had interest in him. It also means that the player that's been traded will get a fresh look and new chances.

SB: What is your favorite kind of pitch to use?

MS: I am a sinkerball pitcher. I love to pitch off my fastball.

SB: Who do you think is going to win the AL West?

MS: It's baseball. You never know what will happen. I think if the Rangers play like they are capable of playing, they should. There is unbelievable talent in that clubhouse!

SB: Did you like a Minor League team better than another Minor League team?

MS:I have never been one to care about where I'm playing. Some towns are better than others, some stadiums are better than others. But it's about the opportunity, and putting in time to get to the Big Leagues.

SB: Thank you for sharing your time with me! Have a good day!

MS: Thanks! You too!