The Pittsburgh Pirates announced on Monday evening that they have traded infielder Gift Ngoepe to the Toronto Blue Jays for a player to be named later or cash considerations.
Ngoepe become the first African-born player to make the majors this year when he was called up at the end of April. In 28 games, he hit .222/.323/.296, while handling all 77 chances in the field without an error. Ngoepe has always been known for his strong defense, which was considered to be the best in the system at shortstop. He has never hit in the minors though, with strikeouts becoming a major issue at the higher levels.
The Pirates are very strong at the shortstop position in the minors with Kevin Newman and Cole Tucker in the upper levels, along with Kevin Kramer seeing time there this fall and impressing...
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