Pirates Winter Leagues: Sammy Siani Finishes Off a Strong Weekend

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.

Australia

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.

Mexico

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.

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Wilbur Miller

Hard not to remain skeptical of Siani, but the numbers are impressive. I thought for sure he’d have to return to GBO, but maybe he’s playing his way to Altoona. There’s no point sending guys to winter ball if you ignore what they do there.

emjayinTN

Does the franchise “send” these players to the DR, Ven, Colombia, PR, Mex, or Australia? Or, is it the country or foreign team that extends invites to the individual players for a certain contractual period of time?

Either way, Hudson Head and Sammy Siani are two solid young CF’s.

Wilbur Miller

John would know better than me. I think the winter league team has the final say, but I’m pretty sure the ML team will try to find slots for guys, and also plays a role in pushing players to go to winter ball, and maybe in shutting them down at some point.

emjayinTN

Thank you for the info.

PirateRican21

The videos show what might be a different approach, he alway seems as an all or nothing kind of guy, videos seams like he’s letting the ball travel a little deeper and still doing damage to center and left field.

Last edited 1 month ago by PirateRican21
TNBucs

I’ve found it interesting to track Hudson Head and Siani as both are 2019 draftees who signed for similar bonuses. Head was clearly the better looking prospect at the end of last season but, for me, Siani’s performance in Australia has allowed him to at least catch up if not pass Head. Fair assessment?

Wilbur Miller

It’s interesting because they’re different physically, with different swings, but to me at least the same problem, which is hesitance in making swing decisions.

emjayinTN

Head is at least a half season ahead of Siani, playing the whole season at A+ while Siani split the year between A and A+. Head should start at AA while Siani, with just a .201 BA at A+ should begin the year back at A+.

The work in the Australian Winter League should not count for anything simply because the comparative rating of the league was about the same as A ball in MiLB.

A belated Happy New Year to all!

tmcgowan

It shouldn’t count for much- but a small amount of counting and not at all aren’t the same thing

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