Pirates Winter Leagues: Sammy Siani Moves Up the Hitting Charts

There was no action from Pittsburgh Pirates players in winter ball on Thursday. Things picked up on Friday, as the last weekend of the Australia league season started. Five Pirates saw action there, plus the playoff action resumed elsewhere.


Sammy Siani went 2-for-5 with a triple, two runs and an RBI. He is now hitting .299/.362/.560 in 37 games. He ranks ninth in the league in OPS.

Jase Bowen went 1-for-3 with a walk, RBI and a run scored. He is now batting .264/.323/.413 in 33 games.

Ernny Ordonez went 2-for-4 with his seventh double, as well as one run scored and two RBIs. He’s now hitting .295/.340/.394 in 37 games.

Dylan Shockley went 0-for-3 with an RBI. He’s now batting .212/.323/.356 in 34 games.

Jesus Castillo went 1-for-4 with a run scored. He now has a .145/.236/.173 slash line in 33 games.

Puerto Rico

Chavez Young went 0-for-3 with a HBP and a run scored. His team lost 5-4, to go down 2-1 in the best-of-seven finals. He is 5-for-12 with six runs scored in the three games.

Josh Palacios went 0-for-4 with an RBI. He is 2-for-12 with two RBIs in the series. He’s teammates with Young.


Francisco Acuna went 1-for-4 with a single in his team’s 5-4 victory, giving them a 2-1 lead in the best-of-seven series. He went 2-for-7 with a double, two RBIs and a walk in the first two games of the finals.

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Not sure hitting against the pitchers in the Aussie Winter League would be equal to hitting off pitchers faced during the Summer at A+ GBO. But, confidence is a primary requisite of hitting. A nice jump start to ST.

John: Suggestion for an article would be the possibility that there may be very little promotional availability for OF’s in the Pirate System to begin 2023. Signing Connor Joe and ‘Cutch at the MLB level means that probably only Jack Suwinski and Cal Mitchell may make the 26 man roster. That means that AAA will have Swagg’s, Smith-Njigba, Marcano, Gorski, and Chavez Young. And that in turn means that Fraizer, Sanchez, and Scott remain at AA. Siani, Bowen, and Head did not have good years offfensively at A+, so extra time at A+ could help them.


Looks as though Siani and Ordonez are hopping to it in Roo-Land. Good to see.

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