Pirates Winter Leagues: Two Pirates Homer in Australia; Brawl in Colombia

Here’s a recap of Sunday’s winter league action for the Pittsburgh Pirates around the globe. As usual on the weekend, Australia was the key spot for action.


Sammy Siani went 1-for-5 with a two-run homer and an RBI ground out. It was his fourth homer of the winter. He has a .262 average and an .832 OPS in 20 games.

Dylan Shockley (pictured) went 2-for-4 with his first homer, an RBI and a run scored. He’s hitting .231 with a .685 OPS in 18 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He’s hitting .299 with a .694 OPS in 20 games.

Jase Bowen went 0-for-5. He’s hitting .236 with a .603 OPS in 16 games.

Solomon Maguire went 0-for-5. He has a .212 average and a .457 OPS in 16 games.

Jesus Castillo went 0-for-5. He has an .093 average and a .262 OPS in 15 games.

Puerto Rico

— In Puerto Rico, the league held their All-Star game. Tsung-Che Cheng got to play as a reserve, despite playing just a handful of games in the league so far. He went 0-for-1 with a walk. Jeffrey Passantino was chosen for the game, but he did not get to pitch.

Dominican Republic

— In the Dominican, Oneil Cruz returned from his dental procedure that kept him out for the past two games (he missed time due to the flu earlier in the week). He went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He’s hitting .267 with an .895 OPS in nine games.

Rodolfo Castro went 1-for-5 with a single. He’s hitting .247 with a .695 OPS in 25 games.

Miguel Andujar went 0-for-5 with a walk and a run scored. He’s hitting .268 with a .701 OPS.


Rodolfo Nolasco and Francisco Acuna were involved in a game that was suspended due to a long wild brawl that included some people in the crowd getting involved. The play appears to have been triggered by something that happened either during or right after a home run. The last play was a home run and no pitches were thrown after the homer. Here’s a partial look:

— Acuna had three hits and three RBIs before everything happened in the seventh. If you missed it from Saturday, our weekly Winter League Report took a closer look at Nolasco.

Andres Alvarez went 2-for-4 with a double, single, run scored, RBI and a walk. He’s hitting .363 with a 1.097 OPS in 22 games.

Adrian Florencio pitched in long relief, going three shutout innings on one hit, one walk and two strikeouts. He has a 4.96 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 16.1 innings.

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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