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Winter Leagues: Pirates Take Over the Sydney Lineup

Here’s a recap of Friday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We could write a Winter Leagues article just on the Sydney Blue Sox game in Australia with all of the Pirates players that saw action for them on Friday. That’s where we start.

In Australia, Jase Bowen (pictured above) and Solomon Maguire each made their winter debut on Friday (technically it’s the end of spring down there). That gave Sydney six Pirates prospects in their lineup by the end of the game. Bowen started in center field and he went 1-for-4 with a two-run triple in the 3-1 win. Maguire entered the game as a defensive substitute in the top of the eighth in left field. He singled and stole a base in the bottom of the eighth.

The entire outfield was Pirates prospects for the last two innings, as Sammy Siani started in left field and moved to right field when Maguire entered the game. Siani went 1-for-4 with a single and a stolen base. He has a .158 average and a .316 OPS in five games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .111 with a .349 OPS in five games.

Ernny Ordonez went 2-for-4 with a run scored. He’s hitting .316 with a .771 OPS in five games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-3. He has a .200 average and a .561 OPS in five games.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 2-for-3 with a double, RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .256 with a .777 OPS in 13 games.

Ali Sanchez went 1-for-4 with a single and run scored. He’s hitting .220 with a .513 OPS in 17 games.

In Puerto Rico, Jeffrey Passantino tossed a scoreless frame, despite allowing two walks and a hit. He allowed two inherited runners to score, while lowing his ERA to 1.50 in six innings.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He has a .206 average and a .665 OPS.

In Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He has a .455 average and a 1.455 OPS in six games.

Francisco Acuna left Thursday’s game after being hit by a pitch, but he was back in the starting lineup on Friday. He went 0-for-3 with a walk, giving him a .133 average and a .567 OPS in six games.

Cristian Charle tossed a scoreless inning, with no hits or walks, and one strikeout.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-2 with a run and two hit-by-pitches. He has a .250 average and a .652 OPS in 31 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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Just me or are 90% of the Bucs fall and winter players performing badly?



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