Pirates Winter Leagues: Three Pirates Hit Home Runs on Sunday

They played a doubleheader in Australia on Sunday, and all six Pittsburgh Pirates saw action. Sydney had just two hits in the second game. Both games were seven-inning contests. The playoffs continued in Puerto Rico and Mexico.


Sammy Siani went 1-for-3 with his eighth double and a run scored in game one of Sunday’s doubleheader. He had a rough second game, going 0-for-3 with three strikeouts. He has a .294/.366/.532 slash line through 32 games. He leads his team with his .898 OPS

Jase Bowen went 0-for-3 in both game one and game two. He has a .230/.297/.350 slash line through 28 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-3 with his first home run in game one, which was a walk-off shot. He had one run and one RBI. He went 1-for-3 in game two, collecting a single. He’s batting .274/.317/.354 through 32 games.

Dylan Shockley went 1-for-2 in game one with a solo homer, his third of the season. He went 0-for-3 in the second game. He has a .213/.311/.382 slash line in 29 games.

Jesus Castillo went 0-for-2 in game one, then walked in both of his plate appearances in the second game. He’s hitting .132/.225/.165 in 28 games. 

Solomon Maguire went 0-for-2 in game one, and he was 0-for-2 with a walk in the second game. He has a .238/.282/.313 slash line in 26 games.

Puerto Rico

Josh Palacios went 1-for-3 with a two-run homer and a walk in his team’s 3-2 loss. He homered in the first inning, then his team was unable to score again. He went 1-for-4 with a double in the playoff opener yesterday.

Tsung-Che Cheng went 0-for-2 with a sacrifice bunt in his team’s 2-1 loss. He went 2-for-3 in the opener.


Fabricio Macias went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored. He went 9-for-23 with a two doubles and a walk in six playoff games. His team lost the game 3-1 and they were eliminated from the playoffs.

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Off topic, but the Marlins just signed Cueto for their pitching staff. Maybe they are freeing up pitching to go after Reynolds!


Supposing Shim was to be #1 Korea signing who hits 100 etc does sign with Pit – is he FCL, DSL, or straight to Bradenton?


Jesus wept, the Brew crew signed JVM! Start printing the Series tix!


So your telling me we might see JVM at PNC this coming season after all?

Wilbur Miller

More likely at Indy. The Brewers are a major league team.


I have faith that he will find his way onto the Brew Crew big league roster and we can watch him screw up for the other team at PNC 😁

Wilbur Miller

The twittle machine is reporting that the Pirates are “about to sign” the primo Korean pitcher, Shim something-something. “About to” probably means Sunday. (I’m not sure whether they actually do the big signing day on a Sunday or hold off until Monday.)
In any event, the Pirates do seem to be establishing a presence in Asia. Their recent signings — Chen, Cheng and Chang — weren’t BS, Yoslan Herrera type signings. So far, they’ve all been remarkably similar to what was advertised.

Last edited 20 days ago by Wilbur Miller

I am a big fan of this

Wilbur Miller

They’ve been signing huge numbers of guys for several years now and I’m not sure that’s the best approach. If they’re blowing most of the pool on several top guys, that might work out better.

Wilbur Miller

Some of that was just incompetence in scouting and development. Remember Julio De La Cruz? Got the same bonus as MDLC, same year, I think even the same birthday. He never remotely resembled a $700K guy. Mistakes like those two and Heredia were the norm with the last FO. I think these guys have a much better handle on it, to the extent you can in the int’l Wild West.


Is Shim 6’4″, 215 lbs. (i.e., am I looking at the right guy on the list of top international prospects)? That’s quite the physique for an 18-year-old and suggests upside to be a power pitcher. Is that how he’s projected?


Is there a scouting report on him? I’d love to know what pitches he already throws.


So maybe hits 105-107 by the time he finishes filling out??
Just kidding!
Seriously though, does the kid know where it is going?

Last edited 19 days ago by robertkasperski

Thanks for the additional info. Crossing the fingers that he does sign then 🤞🤞🤞

Last edited 19 days ago by robertkasperski

I trust you and your sources but until that signature is on a Pirates Contract, no guarantees, lol! 🤞🤞🤞

Last edited 19 days ago by robertkasperski
Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

I’m still pulling for Macias cause of that arm

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