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Cole Figueroa becoming offensive force for Yankees' affiliate

Steve Tolleson steals second base as Yankees shortstop

Steve Tolleson steals second base as Yankees shortstop Cole Figueroa right, fields the late throw during the sixth inning of a spring training baseball game in Dunedin,Fla., Saturday, March 14, 2015. Credit: AP / Kathy Willens

Second baseman Cole Figueroa was batting .184 on May 11.

His average hadn't risen above .235 since the fourth game of the season for Yankees' Triple-A affiliate Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and he had only two extra-base hits.

So it was fairly surprising that the 27-year-old minor league journeyman worked his way back from oblivion and was named the International League's Offensive Player of the Week for the week ending May 31.

Figueroa went 2-for-3 with a double during the RailRiders' 3-2 win over Pawtucket on Tuesday and doesn't seem ready to sink below the Mendoza line anytime soon.

Since May 12, Figueroa has batted .421 (24-for-57) and has a hit in 12 of 16 games, eight of which are multi-hit games. During that span, he's hit six doubles and two home runs and has four walks and only four strikeouts. In 16 games, he's driven in 14 runs and scored six. On May 27, Figueroa had his signature moment, going 5-for-5 with a double, home run and five RBIs.

His season average stands at .271. His slugging percentage has risen from .204 to .361.

Brendan Ryan, rehabbing a calf injury, was 1-for-3 with a walk and started at third base for the RailRiders (27-26, T-2nd place in International League North, 1.5 games back).

Elsewhere in the minors


(28-24, 3rd place in Eastern League Eastern, 4 games back)

Second baseman Ali Castillo was 4-for-5, and first baseman Dante Bichette went 1-for-4 with a triple and a walk as the Thunder beat Binghamton, 6-4.


(25-26, 3rd place in Florida State League North, 6.5 games back)

Tampa's game vs. Lakeland was postponed because of rain.


(25-27, T-3rd place in South Atlantic League Southern, 6 games back)

Catcher Isaias Tejeda was 2-for-4 with two doubles and designated hitter Chris Breen went 2-for-3 with a walk, but the RiverDogs fell to Augusta, 3-0.


(2-1, T-2nd place in DSL Boca Chica South, 1 game back)

First baseman Nelson Alvarez was 2-for-4 with a double and two walks and catcher Carlos Gallardo went 2-for-4 with a double, but the Yankees fell to the DSL Mets 1, 4-3, in 12 innings.


(2-1, T-1st place in DSL Boca Chica North)

Designated hitter Erick Mendez was 1-for-2 with a home run and a walk and shortstop Yonauris Rodriguez, third baseman Griffin Garabito and leftfielder Brayan Emery each doubled as the Yankees beat the DSL Marlins, 8-7.


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