Winter Leagues: Sammy Siani Breaks Out with Big Day; Miguel Andujar Debuts

There was a doubleheader in Australia on Saturday, with six Pittsburgh Pirates prospects seeing action, so we start our Winter Leagues article there.

In Australia on Saturday, Sammy Siani broke out after going 3-for-19 with three singles and no walks in his first five games. He went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI in game one, then had a 2-for-4 game two, with a single and a double, while also picking up an outfield assist. The second game was impressive because his team had three hits total. Sydney had 16 strikeouts and lost 6-0 in the second game, so not much went on besides Siani.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-4 with a single and a run in game one. He went 0-for-4 in the second game. He started in right field one game and center field the next.

Solomon Maguire went 1-for-4 in the first game and 0-for-2 with a walk in the second game. He started both games in left field.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-3 with a single, run scored, RBI, walk and stolen base in game one. He went 1-for-4 in game two, giving him a .308 average and a .742 OPS in seven games.

Jesus Castillo played game two and he went 0-for-3 with a walk. He’s hitting .095 in six games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-2 with a walk and a HBP in game two. He’s hitting .176 in six games.

In the Dominican, Miguel Andujar made his winter debut on the day after he avoided arbitration with the Pirates. He went 1-for-4 with a single for Toros del Este.

Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-3 with a walk. He has a .189 average and a .631 OPS in 12 games.

Osvaldo Bido went four innings, allowing one run on two hits, two walks and two strikeouts. He has a 2.53 ERA in six starts this winter.

Yohan Ramirez tossed a scoreless inning in his fourth winter appearance. He had a strikeout, with no hits or walks. He has thrown 3.2 scoreless innings.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva played a doubleheader. He went 2-for-3 with his sixth double, an RBI, a run scored and a walk in game one. In game two, he went 1-for-3 with two runs scored. He’s now hitting .287 with a .757 OPS in 31 games.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-4. In 32 games, he has a .242 average and a .632 OPS.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo went 2-for-3 with a walk, run scored and an RBI. He has a .283 average and an .821 OPS this winter season in 14 games. Castillo was the main subject of our weekly Pirates Winter Report yesterday.

In Colombia, Rodolfo Nolasco went 1-for-3 with an RBI and a walk. He has a .158 average and a .503 OPS in six games.

Andres Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a single, walk, run scored and an RBI. He has a .462 average and a 1.401 OPS in seven games.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-3 with a walk. He has a .111 average and a .514 OPS in seven games.

Adrian Florencio made his second start and it didn’t go well, with three runs on four hits and two walks in two innings. He has a 9.00 ERA.

Oliver Mateo pitched a scoreless inning on one hit, one walk and three strikeouts. He has eight strikeouts in 3.2 scoreless innings.

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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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Andujar is playing 1b today. Streaming on MLB.TV.


Every time I see Sammy Siani, I think that we passed on Gunnar H who I wanted us to take. But, not that I was some super great scouting expert. I just liked the name! Siani made me think of Mike Siani of the hated 70 Raiders.

But, what would we do with Gunnar any ways? We got the $70 million kid at 3b.


I remember that when he was drafted.


You can definitely are you that Siani has been young for his level but he really needs to turn it on if he ever wants to make it to the show.

Last edited 10 months ago by bradlej31

I’ve followed Siani because he went to William Penn – the school on the TV show ‘The Goldbergs’ 😀


I have little faith that, even if he does, he’ll never be more than a 4th OFer. But then, players picked at #37 fail to make a MLB impact 85% of the time.


Bringing data to the discussion? Not fair!

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