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Bienvenido Figueroa

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Bien Figueroa was drafted in the 5th round (130th overall pick) by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 1986 amateur draft.

Figueroa debuted with the Class A Erie Cardinals of the New York-Penn League that same year, and batted .237 with 0 HR and 30 RBI, but was elected to the New-York Penn League All Star team that year. He played with the Class A Springfield Cardinals of the Midwest League in 1987, and batted .278 with 2 homers and 83 RBI and was elected to the Midwest League All Star team. In 1988, Figueroa played with the AA Arkansas Travelers of the Texas League, and batted .278 with 0 HR and 32 RBI. He was promoted to the AAA Louisville Redbirds in 1989 and struggled, batting only .217 with 0 HR and 14 RBI in only 74 games. Figueroa's numbers improved somewhat in 1990, as he batted .240 with 0 HR's and 39 RBI in 128 games. In 1991, Figueroa's numbers slumped back to .204 with 0 HR and 14 RBI as he only played in 97 games. Figueroa had his best year in AAA in 1992, batting .285 with 1 HR and 23 RBI and earned a promotion to the Cardinals where he batted .182 (2 for 11) with 0 HR's and 4 RBI.

Figueroa went on to play with the Montreal Expos, Texas Rangers, and Colorado Rockies organizations in addition with a tour in Taiwan in the CPBL, before joining the Baltimore Orioles in 1996, when he played with the AAA Rochester Red Wings. There, he batted .312 with 1 HR and 16 RBI to finish up his minor league career.

Figueroa became a coach with the Bowie Baysox in 1997, and servedwith them until 1999. In 2000, he was a coach on the Frederick Keys for one year. The Baltimore Orioles returned Figueroa to Bowie for the 2001 season. In 2002, Baltimore named Figueroa manager of the Bluefield Orioles of the Appalachian League, where Figueroa went 45-23 (1st) and led the Bluefield Orioles to the Appalachian League finals. In 2003, Figueroa was promoted to the Baltimore Orioles Minor League Outfield/Baserunning Instructor. In 2004, Figueroa was named manager of the A Delmarva Shorebirds, and led them to a 69-69 record. He was then promoted to manager of the Frederick Keys, where he led them to a 84-63 record, which was good for first place and the first Carolina League Championship since 1990.

His twin sons, Stephen Cole and Justin Correy, were both selected by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 2006 amateur draft. Both were again drafted in the 2008 amateur draft and played pro ball.

[edit] Year-by-Year Managerial Record

Year Team League Record Finish Organization Playoffs
2002 Bluefield Orioles Appalachian League 45-23 1st Baltimore Orioles Lost League Finals
2004 Delmarva Shorebirds South Atlantic League 69-69 5th Baltimore Orioles
2005 Frederick Keys Carolina League 84-63 1st Baltimore Orioles League Champs
2006 Frederick Keys Carolina League 67-74 4th Baltimore Orioles
2007 Bowie BaySox Eastern League 72-68 5th Baltimore Orioles
2008 Connecticut Defenders Eastern League 68-73 7th San Francisco Giants

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  • Orioles Information And Record Book 2001

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