Winter Leagues: Busy Opening Day in Australia for One Team

Here’s a recap of Thursday’s action in winter league ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Australian league had their Opening Day on Thursday.

In Australia, the Sydney Blue Sox went heavy with Pirates in their Opening Day lineup.

Jesus Castillo (pictured above) batted lead-off and went 1-for-4 with a single. The 19-year-old shortstop from Venezuela won the batting title in the FCL this year with a .352 average.

Ernny Ordonez went 0-for-3 with a HBP in the cleanup spot

Sammy Siani went 0-for-4 while batting fifth

Dylan Shockley batted sixth and he went 0-for-3 with a walk and three strikeouts.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 0-for-4, giving him a .200 average and a .545 OPS in nine games.

Ali Sanchez caught the last three innings and he went 0-for-1 with a run scored.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-3 with a walk. In 24 games, he has a .291 average and a .754 OPS.

Fabricio Macias went 1-for-5 with a single. He’s now hitting .260 with a .672 OPS in 24 games.

In Puerto Rico, Brad Case made his third appearance and for the third time he retired all three batters he faced.

Jeffrey Passantino tossed a scoreless frame as well, with one hit and one strikeout. He has allowed one run in three innings.

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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