Gift Ngoepe

The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed talent from some untraditional places over the last few years. They signed the first players out of India when they added Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel. They've signed several guys out of Australia. They signed Alex Lukashevich out of Belarus. Dovydas Neverauskas is a pitcher who was signed out of Lithuania.

Then there's Gift Ngoepe, who was the first black player signed out of South Africa.

A lot has been written about Gift over the last few years, typically focusing on his background. In 2011, the middle infielder started to become an interesting story on the baseball field for more than just his background. He started to look like a real prospect.

The 2011 season was cut short for Ngoepe. He only saw 85 at-bats before going down ...

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