Pirates Winter Leagues: All Six Pirates Contribute to a One-Sided Win in Australia

The Pittsburgh Pirates bats in Australia all decided to break out in the same game, leading to a huge day on Friday for the team and the six Pirates players. Check back today at noon for our latest Pirates Winter Report article.


Sammy Siani went 4-for-5 with his sixth double, sixth homer, three runs, five RBIs and two walks, as Sydney put up 25 runs. He has a .284/.370/.557 slash line in 26 games. Here’s video of his homer.

Here is the double:


Solomon Maguire had a career day, going 5-for-5 with his first triple, first homer, three runs, three RBIs and a walk. He has a .258/.290/.348 slash line in 20 games.

Dylan Shockley only had one hit, but it was a grand slam. He finished 1-for-4 with three runs scored and a HBP. He has a .208/.310/.361 slash line in 23 games.

Jase Bowen went 2-for-6 with his third double, his second homer, four runs, two RBIs and a walk. His home run was crushed (see video). He has a .241/.310/.380 slash line in 22 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 3-for-6 with his fifth double, four runs and an RBI. He has a .283/.333/.337 slash line in 26 games.

Jesus Castillo went 2-for-4 with two walks, a run and an RBI. He has a .118/.202/.145 slash line in 22 games.

Puerto Rico

Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-3 with a single. He’s back up to a .200 average through 17 games, with two doubles, a triple and five walks.

Josh Palacios went 1-for-4 with a single and an RBI. He’s now hitting .227 in 18 games, with three doubles, a triple, a homer and six walks.

Duane Underwood Jr. made his second appearance and threw shutout ball again. It wasn’t as dominant as his debut when he struck out the side, but it was still a nice short outing, with one hit, no walks and one strikeout.


Andres Alvarez went 1-for-3 with an RBI. He has a .361 average and a 1.033 OPS in 36 games.

Francisco Acuna went 0-for-2 with two walks and two runs scored. He has a .250 average and an .812 OPS in 34 games.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-3. He’s hitting .202 with a .663 OPS in 32 games.

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Whatever’s in the water down under, bottle it and bring it home, boys!


HNY, P2!
Siani’s two big hits were against LHPs as well. Nice signs. Let’s hope he’s figured some things out and has a breakout season ahead.

Last edited 1 month ago by CTBucco
Wilbur Miller

Interesting to see Siani go the other way twice. At Bradenton last year he was trying to pull everything .


I have only seen a few videos of him, but he seems to lack the eye necessary to be taken seriously as a hitter. He seems to produce random results because he hacks randomly: sometimes pulling, sometimes going the other way, regardless of what pitch he is swinging at. He seems to lack a plan to hit the pitches as they present. To me, he is just a decent athlete without any understanding of what he is trying to do… I hope to be wrong, but for the moment, I am unimpressed.

Last edited 1 month ago by Aurorus
Wilbur Miller

The thing that always bothered me the most, watching him in 2021, was how much he struggled with swing decisions. He has a short, quick swing, which scouts love, but putting it to use has been a struggle.


His swing looks different to me now. It looks like it is staying in the zone longer. I hope that is the case, because he already has the zone discipline to be good hitter.


Siani is hitting his way out of my doghouse; it will be interesting to see how he starts out the 1st 6 weeks repeating as a ‘Hopper.

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