Winter Leagues: A Recap of 15 Pirates Who Saw Winter Action

Winter League action from around the world for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday. If you missed it from Saturday, here’s our weekly Pirates Winter Report article.

In Australia, the first week of action capped off with Ernny Ordonez going 2-for-3 with his second double and an RBI. He had a .713 OPS in the four-game series.

Sammy Siani went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts. He hit .133/.133/.133 in the first four games.

Jesus Castillo went 0-for-4. He had one hit in the four games, though he reached base four times.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-2 before leaving for a pinch-hitter in the one-sided contest. He had three hits and a walk on Saturday.

In Venezuela, Miguel Yajure had a rough debut, though his defense didn’t help. He lasted 0.2 innings, allowing five runs on three hits, a walk and a strikeout. Just one of those runs was earned.

In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco went 1-for-3 with a double, walk and run scored in his third game of the season.

Andres Alvarez (pictured above) went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs and two RBIs. He had two hits, a walk and three runs scored in his last game.

Adrian Florencio made his winter debut as a starter and pitched three innings, allowing two runs on three hits, a walk and four strikeouts in three innings.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-3 in the first game of a doubleheader. In game two, he went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He’s hitting .263 with a .698 OPS in 27 games.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-2 with a walk. He’s hitting .248 with a .647 OPS in 27 games.

In Puerto Rico, Brad Case tossed a scoreless inning, retiring all three batters he has faced. He has retired all 12 batters he has faced this winter over four appearances.

Jeffrey Passantino and Will Kobos each retired the side in three batters during their lone inning of work. Passantino allowed a hit, while Kobos had a strikeout.

In the Dominican Republic, Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-4 with a walk, stolen base and four strikeouts. He was back at third base, after playing second base on Saturday. He has a .179 average and a .495 OPS in seven games.

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