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Here’s a recap of Sunday’s action from all around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We start in Australia once again because the Sydney Blue Sox had six Pirates prospects in their lineup.

In Australia, Jase Bowen went 2-for-4 with two singles and an RBI in his fourth game of the winter. He played right field in this game, giving Sydney a full outfield of Pirates.

Solomon Maguire started in left field and had a 2-for-4 day with two singles and a run scored in his fourth game (third start) of the winter.

After collecting two hits in each game of a doubleheader on Saturday, Sammy Siani finished his weekend with an 0-for-4 game. He has a .233 average and a .533 OPS in eight games. He started in center field between Bowen and Maguire.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-4 with a single. He has a .300 average and a .711 OPS in eight games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-4, giving him a .143 average and a .470 OPS in seven games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-3 with a run scored, giving him a .125 average and a .375 OPS in seven games. All six players for the Pirates were flawless in the field on Sunday.

In the Dominican, Miguel Andujar started at first base, where he went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI, while committing an error. He debuted in winter ball on Saturday.

Noe Toribio made his winter debut in the ninth inning of a one-sided game. He went one inning, allowing a run on a hit, walk and a strikeout. The hit he allowed was an RBI single by Miguel Andujar.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 2-for-4 with his seventh double, 11th stolen base and a run scored. In 32 games, he has a .294 average and a .773 OPS.

In Puerto Rico, Will Kobos tossed a scoreless frame, with no hits or walks, and one strikeout. He had allowed one run in 5.2 innings, while striking out ten batters.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 4-for-5 with his second homer, three singles, two runs and two RBIs. He scored the winning run in the bottom of the tenth, coming home from first base on a single. He was the main subject of our weekly Pirates Winter Report this week.

In Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 0-for-2 with a walk. He has a .429 average and a 1.321 OPS in seven games.

Diego Chiquillo tossed a scoreless inning that included three walks and one strikeout. He has not allowed an earned run yet in limited early season use.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a walk, single, run scored and stolen base. He has a .143 average and a .559 OPS in seven games.

Oliver Mateo pitched for the second day in a row and it did not go well. He walked all three batters he faced and one scored. That was his first run allowed this winter.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He has a .136 average and a .468 OPS in seven games.

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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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skliesen

Paging O’Neil Cruz. Anyone seen Cruz?

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

Sounds like we should trade him now while he’s still got some value

RaisetheJollyRancherGirl

See if we can get Andrew Painter from the Phils or something

AdministrativeSky236

If hes that worried about money, then lets sign him to 7/30 plus incentives to ensure hes set for life and tell him to get his butt on the field

skliesen

Very short sighted if true.

john.benedict

Jared Triolo is a Cruz jet-ski accident or Hayes back spasm from starting on the left side. So far both FO’S have failed miserably when dealing with this kid. Don’t get me wrong, I like Cruz, but hope this FO knows he is not the choice kid to build this team around and the LEAD
That job belongs to Endy Rodriguez, please lock him up and let him go to work on spreading a winning vibe and an understanding losing will not be tolerated, no shot Shelty does it

mpg43952

Good to see so many of the boys playing winter ball!

Anthony

Hopefully they’re not reinforcing bad habits…

AdministrativeSky236

Not related to this awesome update article, but seems like there was an athletic article about the AFL that mentioned hank and nicky sticks, was wondering if anyone knew if there was any good info there

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