Australia was once again the main focus for winter league action on Sunday. All six Pittsburgh Pirates on the Sydney Blue Sox saw action. Here’s a recap.
Sammy Siani had a nice game in the 2-1 loss. He went 2-for-3 with an RBI on a sacrifice fly. He is now hitting .295/.376/.547 in 28 games. Siani ranks tenth in the league in OPS. He was the subject of our weekly Pirates Winter Report article this week.
Jase Bowen went 1-for-4 with a single. He is now hitting .241/.302/.379 in 24 games.
Dylan Shockley went 1-for-3 with a single. He is now hitting .205/.308/.346 in 25 games.
Ernny Ordonez went 0-for-4. He is now hitting .270/.318/.320 in 28 games.
Solomon Maguire went 0-for-3. He is now hitting .236/.276/.319 in 22 games.
Jesus Castillo went 0-for-3. He is now hitting .134/.220/.159 in 24 games.
The playoffs started in Mexico on Sunday night. Fabricio Macias finished the regular season by hitting .252/.298/.358 in 60 games, with 14 doubles, three triples and a homer. His OPS was eight points below the league average. In the first playoff game, he went 2-for-4 with two singles, as his team lost 2-1.
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.