Pirates Winter Leagues: Final Stats from the Australian League

The finale in Australia was rained out, so you’ll find the final stats below on all six Pittsburgh Pirates who participated in the league. We also have the playoff recaps from Puerto Rico and Colombia.

Australia

Sammy Siani hit .291/.353/.546 in 39 games. He finished 11th in the league in OPS. He tied for fifth with eight homers.

Jase Bowen batted .268/.329/.417 in 35 games. His OPS finished ten points above league average.

Ernny Ordonez hit .295/.338/.388 in 39 games. His OPS finished ten points below league average.

Dylan Shockley hit .220/.331/.358 in 36 games.

Jesus Castillo put up a .142/.230/.168 slash line in 34 games. He committed one error in 138 chances at shortstop.

Solomon Maguire batted .238/.282/.313 in 26 games.

The season is over, but there will be more recaps from this league in the next few weeks.

Puerto Rico 

Chavez Young went 1-for-5 with a single. His team won 4-2 to take a 3-2 lead in the finals series. The next game is on Tuesday. He is 6-for-20 with seven runs scored in the five games.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts. He is 2-for-19 with three RBIs in the series. He’s teammates with Young.

Colombia

Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a run scored. His team won 7-4 to win the championship, which will now send them to the Caribbean Series. He went 4-for-19 with a double, two RBIs and a walk in the finals.

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b mcferren

does this MaGuire dude have any future with our team?

JimEastTennessee

he is still very young. Maybe…

bianco599

Do you like living in East TN? I live in South Carolina and sometimes think of getting some land there to go on camping trips. Maybe throw down a tiny house.

JimEastTennessee

came in ’81 after graduation from high school (Altoona, PA). Have lived between Knoxville and Sevierville for all but 4 years since. Love it here.

bianco599

Nice. Left Pittsburgh around 2008 and have lived in Charleston and now on a farm outside of Columbia SC since. I enjoy it here but I miss hills and mountains. I’ve looked at property in Greeneville TN. Going to Gatlinburg in a few weeks. Thanks for responding.

JimEastTennessee

Land is cheaper up that way, and pretty. Gets too close to the snow line for me, though.

bianco599

Guess I will keep an eye out. I’m in no rush but fun to think about. Western NC is nice so I figure Eastern TN would be just as nice or nicer.

Wilbur Miller

It’d be very interesting if Siani went on to have a big year.

JimEastTennessee

Definitely a sleeper to watch. Drafted high, so the potential is there…

Wilbur Miller

I look at it like, he’s one of a bunch of guys who are still “eligible” to turn into prospects.

Bucs'N'Pucks (Jeff Reed)

Trend has been at least one OF a year we were ready to move on from goes on a tear. Fraizer –> Gorski –> the year of Siani?

jimmyz

I think Siani has the skillset to potentially be a slightly better Joc Peterson type of player. A little better D and a bit more playable than being a strictly platoon bat is certainly a valuable piece. Siani could break out or flame out though. What I’m really hoping for is that at least one of Gorski, Triolo or Frazier, if he can get back on track, are legit players. In that 2019 draft I thought the three of those guys were better prospects than the typical college signs after going for prep guys (Priester and Siani) to start the draft.

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Wilbur Miller

Interesting contrast. I’m confident Triolo will be a major leaguer. The big question is exactly how much he’ll hit. His foundation in all the other skills is too strong for him not to make it in some role.
Gorski is a boom or bust guy. And Fraizer . . . I dunno. He looked so good in 2021 and then awful in 2022. I hope somebody with the team has an idea or two what happened.

JimEastTennessee

yes, and that pool is deeper and wider than past years. Happy Days are here(coming) again?

Wilbur Miller

We saw some evidence of this when they lost all those pitchers in the MiL R5. (To be fair, most or all of those guys came in under NH.) It was foolish to leave all those guys off the AAA roster with so many empty spots, but losing so many shows that other teams were targeting the Pirates for mid-level pitching depth.

If you think about it, it’s really unlikely that 10-12 different teams all just happened to find a guy they liked, and they all just happened to be different guys. Teams obviously targeted the system. So it’s a good sign, dumb as it was.

JimEastTennessee

I am HOPING that this snafu (leaving all those MiL pitchers available) is a precursor to continued improvement in acquiring Latin Amican pitchers. It really appears as if the Dominican academy investment is starting to payoff ; couple that with full bonus monies going to free agents (now that Gayo is no longer skimming) and I see the lowest levels of development becoming a position of strength.

Wilbur Miller

Pitching generally was an area that went nowhere under Gayo. It’s no accident that the guys they lost were half Lat Am guys. Says something for Junior Vizcaino.

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