By Ray Hamill — Kokko Figueiredo appears to be enjoying life as a pro.
This summer, the former Fortuna High and Humboldt Crabs player is playing for the Tucson Saguaros in the Pecos League, an independent baseball league with teams around the Southwestern United States.
Figueiredo is batting an impressive .458 for the Saguaros and was recently selected to play in this year’s Mountain Division All-Star game, which will be played in Santa Fe, New Mexico, this coming weekend.
The second baseman is one of only eight rookies to receive all-star recognition.
Figueirdo, who also played for College of the Redwoods, enjoyed a stellar spring playing Division-I ball at North Carolina Central University and has carried that momentum into the pro ranks.
He has played in all 31 games for the Saguaros, who are 21-10.
In addition, Figueiredo has 31 RBIs, with 32 walks to 19 strikeouts, as well as 10 doubles and a pair of home runs.
He has hit successfully in 18 straight games, including getting multiple hits in five of his past seven outings.