Winter Leagues: Six Pirates See Action on Wednesday Night

A look at Wednesday’s action around winter ball for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates.

In Venezuela, Diego Castillo played shortstop and he went 0-for-4. Still early in his winter work, he’s hitting .231 with a .621 OPS.

Ali Sanchez came on as a defensive replacement and caught two innings without getting an at-bat.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 0-for-3 with a walk and a run scored. He continues to bat lead-off and play third base.

In Puerto Rico, Will Kobos make his second appearance and he struck out the side in his only inning. He pitched a scoreless inning in his debut, though he loaded the bases before getting the final out.

In Mexico, Jared Oliva went 0-for-2 with two walks and his eighth stolen base. He’s hitting .301 with a .774 OPS in 23 games.

Fabricio Macias went 0-for-3 with a sacrifice bunt. He’s batting .264 with a .687 OPS in 23 games.

From a non-winter game, Solomon Maguire is playing for Team Australia in a series vs a team from Japan. Here’s a highlight

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