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Winter Leagues: Big Game for Sammy Siani; Miguel Andujar Homers


Thanksgiving was a slow day for Pittsburgh Pirates in winter ball, so below you get a recap of the last two days.


In Venezuela, Diego Castillo struck out in the first and played the inning at shortstop, but he was replaced on defense in the second inning with no explanation. A later report said it was a knee issue, with no other details. It will be interesting to see when/if he returns to the lineup. He has a .339 average and a .945 OPS in 17 games.

Ali Sanchez went 1-for-2 with an RBI.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-4 with two singles. He has a .300 average and a .785 OPS in 35 games.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-5 with three strikeouts. He has a .244 average and a .637 OPS in 35 games.


In Australia, Sammy Siani went 3-for-3 with his third double and his first home run. He had a run scored and an RBI. He has a .303 average and a .788 OPS in nine games. See video of the homer below.

Jase Bowen went went 1-for-3 with two stolen bases. He actually tried to steal second, third and home, but was thrown out at home. He’s hitting .263 with a .631 OPS in nine games.

Dylan Shockley went 1-for-3 with a single. He’s hitting .167/.268/.208 in eight games.

Ernny Ordonez went 0-for-2 with a walk. He has a .281 average and a .687 OPS in nine games.

Solomon Maguire went 0-for-3. He is 4-for-14 with four singles and a walk in five games.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-4 with a single and his sixth RBI. He’s hitting .184 with a .589 OPS in 16 games.

Miguel Andujar went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer that brought his team within two runs in the ninth, but they lost 6-5. He’s hitting .292 with an .820 OPS in six games. Home run video is below.

In Venezuela, Ali Sanchez went 0-for-2. He’s hitting .220 with a .531 OPS in 22 games.

In Colombia, Adrian Florencio made his third start. He went three innings, allowing three runs on three hits, two walks and five strikeouts.

Andres Alvarez went 1-for-5 with a single and an RBI. He has a .378 average and a 1.131 OPS in ten games.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He has a .121 average and a .432 OPS.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-2 with two walks, as his team was on the wrong side of a 24-0 loss. He has a .219 average and an .835 OPS.

Oliver Mateo tossed two shutout innings on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. He has allowed one run in six innings.

Here’s Siani’s homer

Andujar’s homer

John Dreker
John Dreker
John started working at Pirates Prospects in 2009, but his connection to the Pittsburgh Pirates started exactly 100 years earlier when Dots Miller debuted for the 1909 World Series champions. John was born in Kearny, NJ, two blocks from the house where Dots Miller grew up. From that hometown hero connection came a love of Pirates history, as well as the sport of baseball. When he didn't make it as a lefty pitcher with an 80+ MPH fastball and a slider that needed work, John turned to covering the game, eventually focusing in on the prospects side, where his interest was pushed by the big league team being below .500 for so long. John has covered the minors in some form since the 2002 season, and leads the draft and international coverage on Pirates Prospects. He writes daily on Pittsburgh Baseball History, when he's not covering the entire system daily throughout the entire year on Pirates Prospects.

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