Figueroa Taken in Major League Draft
Gator sophomore shortstop Cole Figueroa was taken in the sixth round of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft on Thursday by the San Diego Padres. The 2007 first-team Freshman All-American and member of the Southeastern Conference All-Freshman Team was tabbed with the 195th choice.
Figueroa was a starter in all 58 games this season for Florida and led the Orange and Blue in total bases (119), runs batted in (57), multiple-hit games (24), multiple-RBI games (15), home runs (nine) and sacrifice flies (seven). He rated second on the squad with a .350 batting average and was the runner-up in hits (78), runs (61), doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.534). Figueroa was also 20-for-24 on stolen-base opportunities for the second-highest total on the club.
He was chosen as the SEC Player of the Week for the first time in his career on May 19 after helping the Gators to a perfect 4-0 week, highlighted by a three-game sweep of No. 13 Vanderbilt that secured the third seed for the SEC Tournament. Over the four victories, Figueroa went 8-for-17 (.471) with a team-high seven RBI and scored five runs. Against the Commodores, he hit .500 (6-for-12), totaled a team-best six RBI, drew three walks and belted a couple of homers.
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