Pirates Winter Leagues: Fourteen Pirates Saw Winter Ball Action on Friday

Here’s a recap of Friday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

We start in Australia, where the first game of a doubleheader was a completion of a game that was suspended on November 27th with one out in the bottom of the fourth. The second game was the regularly scheduled contest, which was changed to seven innings.


Ernny Ordonez had the big hit on Friday (see below), driving in both runs of a 2-0 game with his fourth double. Those were the only two runs on the day for Sydney. He went 0-for-2 with a HBP in the opener and 1-for-3 in the second game. He’s hitting .292 with a .697 OPS in 22 games.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-3 in the first game, with a double that he collected before the game was suspended. He went 1-for-2 with a walk and run scored in the second game. He’s hitting .250 with a .647 OPS in 18 games.

Sammy Siani went 0-for-3 in the first game and 1-for-3 with a single in the second game. He’s hitting .254 with a .791 OPS in 22 games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-3 in the first game and 0-for-2 with a HBP in the second game. He’s hitting .211 with a .640 OPS in 20 games.

Jesus Castillo wasn’t in the original lineup back on November 27th, but he took over shortstop when the game resumed and went 0-for-2. He also went 0-for-2 in the second game, dropping him down to an .086 average and a .245 OPS in 18 games.

Solomon Maguire went 0-for-2 with a walk in the first game, and appeared as a defensive replacement in the second game. He is hitting .204 with a .454 OPS in 17 games.

Dominican Republic

Rodolfo Castro had an 0-for-4 night. He has slumped recently to a .224 average and a .623 OPS in 29 games

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-2 with two walks. He is hitting .247 with a .657 OPS in 21 games.

Lolo Sanchez appeared for the second time, but he’s still looking for his first at-bat. He pinch-ran for Andujar and then finished the game in center field.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .233 in nine games, with a .676 OPS.

Shawn Ross struck out as a pinch-hitter. He’s hitting .127 with a .441 OPS in 26 games.


Andres Alvarez went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .369 with a 1.095 OPS in 25 games.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. He’s hitting .203 with a .659 OPS in 24 games.


Fabricio Macias went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .251 with a .664 OPS in 49 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.

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Wilbur Miller

Jarlin? Jarlin??


With the exception of Alvarez, who is extremely advanced for his league, these player stat lines look absolutely putrid.


I was gonna say that, too.

Wonder if it’s a “working on something” thing or just staying tuned in and getting enough play to advance in the next season.

Not sure if Australia is a high level or not.




I feel like I jinxed Castro after singing his praises when his OPS reached .701.


I think he is winding down and his attention is elsewhere – at least I hope so.


Yeah, it has to be hard to essentially play March to December with only a very short break in October. And even more so for someone like Castro–trying to win a position in ST, trying to stick once making the majors, trying to get back once being sent down, and then trying to stick again…that would seem to be a lot of emotional stress. But he’s a starter for his team so I wonder if he gets shut down early.

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