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Kibler, Figaro Named to MWL Post Season All-Stars

August 26, 2008 - Midwest League (MWL) - West Michigan Whitecaps News Release


COMSTOCK PARK, MI - West Michigan Whitecaps pitchers Jon Kibler and Alfredo Figaro have been two of the top pitchers in the Midwest League all season. Today, it became official when the Midwest League announced Kibler and Figaro have been named to the post-season All-Star team. The post-season All-Star team was selected by the Field Managers of all 14 Midwest League teams.

The MWL Post Season All-Star team selects a player for every position, including a right-handed and left-handed starting pitcher and two relievers. Kibler is the lefthander with Figaro being named the righthander. This is the first time in Whitecaps history that West Michigan boasts two starting pitchers in the post season team. Kibler and Figaro are also the first starting pitchers to be named to the team since starter Jon Connolly in 2003.

Kibler has been the best pitcher in the Midwest League this season, leading the league in wins (14), ERA (1.75) and innings pitched (154.1). The former Michigan State product has been even more outstanding at Fifth Third Ballpark, posting a 10-2 record with 1.46 ERA. Kibler fired two complete games this season and was named the Midwest League Pitcher of the Week twice along with the Tigers Minor League Pitcher of the Month in May.

Despite being promoted to High-A Lakeland on July 29, Figaro put together one of the top seasons in Whitecaps history. Figaro went 12-2 with a 2.05 ERA in 19 starts, including two complete-game shutouts. Figaro's 12 wins and 2.05 ERA still ranks second in the Midwest League behind only his teammate Kibler. He also led the league in innings pitched (123.0) and shutouts (2) at the time of his promotion.

Kibler and Figaro provided one of the best one-two punches in Whitecaps history and in the Midwest League.

For a full All-Star roster, please see the Midwest League attachment with this release and for more information on the post-season honors, contact the Whitecaps PR Department at 616-726-7052.


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