Pirates Winter Leagues: Jase Bowen Homers; Andres Alvarez and Rodolfo Castro Star Again

After a somewhat slow Thursday night in winter ball, we got a busy day of action on Friday for members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. We start in Australia, where six Pirates were in the lineup during a 10-8 win.

In Australia, Jase Bowen went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer (see video below). He is hitting .256 with a .661 OPS in 13 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-5 with his third double. He’s hitting .255 with a .637 OPS in 17 games.

Sammy Siani went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and run scored. He’s hitting .264 with a .762 OPS in 17 games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-4 with a walk. He’s hitting .200 with a .582 OPS in 16 games.

Jesus Castillo went 0-for-5 with an RBI. He has an .095 average and a .286 OPS in 12 games.

Solomon Maguire went 2-for-5 with a single, double and two runs. He has .250 average and a .543 OPS in 13 games.

In the Dominican, Rodolfo Castro went 3-for-5 with three singles, two runs and an RBI. He stole his sixth base, and he also committed his seventh error. He’s now hitting .243 with a .691 OPS in 23 games.

Miguel Andujar went 2-for-6 with two singles and a run scored. He had a chance for a big day, but those four outs came with a total of eight runners on base, and his team lost by two runs. He has a .297 average and a .756 OPS in 15 games.

Yohan Ramirez retired the only batter he faced on Friday, stranding two inherited runners in the process. He has allowed one run in 8.1 innings.

In Puerto Rico, Tsung-Che Cheng went 1-for-4 with a single, walk and an RBI. He has a .300 average and an .867 OPS in six games.

Will Kobos tossed a scoreless frame on no hits, one walk and two strikeouts. He has an 0.84 ERA in 10.2 innings, with 15 strikeouts.

Jeffrey Passantino retired all three batters he faced, giving him an 0.77 ERA in 11.2 innings.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-2 with two walks and a run scored. He’s 3-for-20 in six games, with a .511 OPS.

In Colombia, Andres Alvarez pulled off an amazing feat. For the second game in a row, he had three hits, a homer and five RBIs. He came into this game ranked fourth in the league in average, second in homers and first in RBIs. He actually/shockingly dropped to fifth in batting, but he’s now first in homers (6) and RBIs (26) in 20 games. 

Oliver Mateo struck out the side in a scoreless inning. He has 19 strikeouts in 9.1 innings.

Rodolfo Nolasco went 0-for-2 with two walks, a run scored and a stolen base. He has a .242 average and an .820 OPS in 20 games.

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a homer, walk, RBI and two runs. He’s hitting .211, with a .676 OPS in 19 games.

In Mexico, Fabricio Macias went 1-for-3 with his second triple and a run scored. He’s now hitting .250 with a .660 OPS in 45 games.

Here’s Bowen’s homer

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.

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Shockley hasn’t hit at any level unless you consider his 26 ab’s in Bradenton in 2021.


Will Castro finish the regular season in the DWL? I wish he would be at 2B more often than at 3B. It does prep him more as a UT IF, but his best defensive position is 2B.


I’d like to see Castro spend some time in RF

His arm certainly fits there



The arm possibly, but in over 500 games since being signed as an IFA, he has never played an OF position. He is valuable for his bat and ability to play multiple IF positions. Two other IF candidates, Bae and Marcano have OF experience.

I think the Pirates are strong in the OF. Reynolds and Suwinski are locks to start. After that we have Mitchell, Swaggerty, Smith-Njigba, Castillo, and Andujar. With Bae and Marcano also able to play the OF, we need to keep Castro opposite Cruz with Hayes at 3B and Choi/Santana at 1B.

Start ST with that infield and hopefully they will come together in time to start the regular season.


Glad to see Will Kobos is still with the Pirates after the Rule 5 draft

And that was a long HR by Bowen


Over the shed!

Wilbur Miller

Kobos has been healthy so little it would’ve been hard for other teams to scout him. Like to see what’d happen in one healthy year.


El primero!

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