Pirates Winter Leagues: Doubleheader in Australia; Walk-Off Winner in Mexico

Here’s a recap of the winter league action for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Saturday. We start in Australia, where all six Pirates players saw action, and five of the six started both games of a doubleheader.

Australia

Sammy Siani went 0-for-2 with a walk in the opener, which was a seven-inning game. He went 1-for-5 in the second game (nine innings), collecting his fifth double. He has a .244 average and a .768 OPS in 24 games.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-2 with a single, walk, run scored and an RBI in the first game. He went 0-for-4 in the second game. He started in right field once and center field in the other game. He’s hitting .242 with a .629 OPS in 20 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI in the first game as the third baseman. He went 1-for-3 with a run scored in the second game as the first baseman. He’s hitting .295 with a .702 OPS in 24 games.

Dylan Shockley went 1-for-3 with a double in the first game, while playing first base. He went 1-for-4 with a double and a run scored in the second game, while playing catcher. He has five doubles this winter. He’s hitting .219 with a .664 OPS in 22 games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-3 in the first game and 0-for-3 with a walk in the second game. He’s hitting .094 with a .265 OPS in 20 games.

Solomon Maguire only played the first game, going 0-for-3 in that contest. He’s hitting .193 with a .431 OPS in 18 games.

Colombia

Andres Alvarez went 0-for-2 with two walks. He’s hitting .362 with a 1.085 OPS in 26 games. Our weekly Pirates Winter Report focused on the work Alvarez is doing in Colombia

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-3 with a double. He’s hitting .207 with a .678 OPS in 25 games.

Dominican Republic

Lolo Sanchez made his first start after two pinch-running appearances. He went 1-for-3 with a single.

Puerto Rico

Shawn Ross grounded out as a pinch-hitter. He’s batting .125 with a .435 OPS in 27 games.

Mexico

Fabricio Macias went 1-for-4 with a walk-off RBI single in his team’s 3-2 win. He has a .251 average and a .661 OPS in 50 games.

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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