Alfredo Figaro P
Profile: Figaro’s road to Milwaukee has been an interesting one. He was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in June of 2004 and subsequently released four months later after having pitched just seven innings.
The Tigers picked up Figaro in 2005 and he worked his way up through the Detroit system over the next four years, pitching for five different affiliates between Rookie Leagues and High-A.
In 2009 Figaro started the season at AA Erie, where he saw action in 16 games, including 11 starts. He went 6-3 with a 3.60 ERA and struck out 69 hitters which earned him a promotion to the Major Leagues. In 5 games with Detroit, Figaro went 2-2 with a 6.35 ERA.
Figaro pitched in 8 more big league games in 2010 for the Tigers but spent most of the season at AAA Toledo. Following the season, he was released by the Tigers and moved to Japan, pitching for the Orix Buffaloes for the past two seasons. He agreed to a deal with the Brewers in December of 2012, finalizing it in January of 2013 after some issues arose with his rights to Orix. The contract was a Minor League deal which included an invite to Spring Training where Figaro impressed the Brewers staff enough to earn a bullpen spot.
Strengths: Figaro is a power arm with a sinking fastball that he consistently throws in the low-to-mid 90’s. Working out of the bullpen he has been clocked at high as 98 mph. He also throws a handful of other pitches, including a curve, slider and change-up.
Weaknesses: Figaro struggles to throw his off speed stuff for strikes at times and had been hit hard during his previous big league stints with Detroit in 2009 and 2010. He has worked previously as a starter for the most part and will have to adjust to pitching out of the bullpen.
The Future: Having earned a spot on the Brewers opening day roster, Figaro will get his chances out of the pen behind a starting staff with plenty of questions. One of the low men on the totum pole to begin the season, Figaro has the stuff that could make him a key member of the Milwaukee pitching staff in 2013. Given the uncertain nature of the re-worked Brewers bullpen, Figaro has the potential to be a key contributor and could be on a short list to replace John Axford if he reverts back to his 2012 struggles.