Pirates Winter Leagues: Sammy Siani Continues to Play Well in Australia

Saturday’s action around winter ball for the Pittsburgh Pirates included a doubleheader for Sydney in Australia. Here’s a recap for all of the action around the globe.

In Australia, Sammy Siani helped Sydney to a victory in game one of a doubleheader by going 1-for-3 with his fourth double, two RBIs and a walk. In game two, he went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer, his third homer of the winter. He’s hitting .267 with an .816 OPS in 19 games.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-3 with a single and a walk in game one. In game two, he went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .260 with a .662 OPS in 15 games.

Solomon Maguire went 1-for-3 with a single and an RBI in game one. In game two, he went 0-for-4. He’s hitting .234 with a .505 OPS in 15 games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-3 with a run scored in game one. In game two, he went 0-for-4. He’s batting .102 with a .287 OPS in 14 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 2-for-4 with two singles and a run scored in game one. In game two, he went 3-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. He’s hitting .302 with a .711 OPS in 19 games.

Dylan Shockley only played in the second game of the doubleheader. He went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored and a walk. He’s hitting .208 with a .599 OPS.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-2 with a single and a walk. He played second base, where he committed his eighth error of the winter. He’s now hitting .250 with a .705 OPS in 24 games.

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-2 with a walk. He’s now hitting .288 with a .743 OPS in 16 games.

Yohan Ramirez retired two batters without a run, though he gave up a hit that let in two inherited runners. He has given up one run of his own in nine innings this winter.

Oneil Cruz, who missed a brief time earlier this week with the flu, missed the last two games due to what was called “a dental procedure”.

In Colombia, Andres Alvarez went 0-for-5 on Saturday, after driving in ten runs over his previous two games. He has a .356 average and a 1.085 OPS in 21 games.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-2 in the first game of a doubleheader that his team lost 22-7 in seven innings. The entire difference in the game came in the third inning when the opposition put up 15 runs. He did not play in the second game. He’s hitting .234 with a .797 OPS in 21 games.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-1 with two walks, a run scored and an RBI in the first game of a doubleheader. He went 0-for-4 in the second game. He’s hitting .194 with a .640 OPS in 21 games.

Diego Chiquillo had a rough outing, going 1.1 innings, allowing four runs on two hits, a walk and two hit batters. He has a 6.00 ERA, though he has thrown shutout ball in six of his eight outings.

Oliver Mateo threw a scoreless inning on one hit and one strikeout. He has 20 strikeouts in 10.1 innings.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-4 with a single. He’s hitting .250 with a .656 OPS in 46 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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I wanted Gunnar Henderson! The Bucs NEEDED another GUNNAR!


Cherington made a point after the season that they needed to add OBP to the lineup, and now Castro is 5th in the DWL in OBP. The errors and lack of power are a bit worrisome, but how he’s doing at getting on base has to be encouraging. And this is all in the context that of 78 players BR lists, Castro is 9th youngest.

As an aside, Reds fans must be excited about Elly De La Cruz who is 5th in the league in OPS despite being the youngest (20) player in the league.


How tough is the DWL? Only 5 hitters are batting over .300. Castro is 25th in BA at .250. OBP as you noted is 5th – excellent – in 96 PA, 13 Walks, 5 HBP, 1 Sac Fly, 1 Sac Bunt. If I was his Rep, I would advise that he do a lot of infield drills in Jan/Feb prior to reporting for ST.

Didn’t check on Oneil Cruz, but only 26 AB’s and hitting over .300 and over 1.000 OPS. Mauricio of the Mets and De La Cruz of the Reds are the other two SS on the Tigres.


Thanks for the info, John. It’s also unique that each team signs some MLB players for a month, some for longer. I think Mauricio was playing for two months, Cruz is in his first month, and De La Cruz is into his second month. I think Castro is in his first month.

Don’t they also have a unique playoff system? Can teams add a player from a team that has already been eliminated?

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