Paco Figueroa

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Biographical Information[edit]

Paco Figueroa played his first season in AA in 2007. He is the twin brother of Danny Figueroa.

Paco was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 42nd round of the 2001 amateur draft, six rounds before they picked his twin brother. He opted for college instead. He hit .300/.401/.406 as a freshman shortstop. He batted .265 with a .394 OBP as a sophomore. In his junior season, he moved to center field to fill in for the injured Danny. He led the #4 team in the nation with a .373 average; he had a .480 OBP and .549 slugging percentage and also stole 18 bases. He was 2 for 3 in the 2004 College World Series. He scored 70 runs in 58 games in 2005 and batted .361/.438/.532 with 24 stolen bases in 31 tries. He tied his twin brother for the team lead in runs.

Paco Figueroa was picked by the Baltimore Orioles in the 9th round of the 2005 amateur draft, 34 rounds before Baltimore took Danny Figueroa. Paco was signed by scout Nick Presto for a $25,000 bonus and debuted with the Delmarva Shorebirds and hit .307/.419/.380 in 40 games. IN 2006, he moved up to the Frederick Keys and batted .284/.358/.380. He stole 20 bases in 33 tries and finished 5th in the Carolina League in average. He made the league All-Star team at second base.

Figueroa batted .264/.383/.349 in the 2006 Hawaii Winter League for the Honolulu Sharks and stole 11 bases in 15 tries. He was 10th in the HWL in average, fifth in stolen bases, tied Darren Ford for third in runs (20), tied Rodney Choy Foo for third in OBP and tied Mike Stodolka and Scott Kazmar for the HWL lead in walks (19). Figueroa made the league All-Star team as the utility man as Choy Foo got the nod at second base.

Figueroa hit .280/.365/.364 for the 2007 Bowie Baysox and stole 15 bases in 26 attempts.

Figueroa became a coach with the Aberdeen IronBirds in 2013, Delmarva Shorebirds in 2014, and Frederick Keys in 2015. He coached for Spain in the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. He later served as minor league hitting coordinator for the Los Angeles Dodgers, then in 2019 was named as first base coach and outfield and baserunning coach for the Philadelphia Phillies.

Sources: 2003-2007 Baseball Almanacs, The Baseball Cube, 2007 Orioles Media Guide, Miami Hurricanes website

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