Tag: Gift Ngoepe

What It’s Like Growing Up Playing Baseball in South Africa

When Gift Ngoepe played his first game for the Pittsburgh Pirates on April 26th this year, he became the first player from the entire continent of Africa to make it to the majors. He originally signed with the Pirates in 2008, so it was a long journey to the majors. His story has been widely […]
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Pirates Trade Gift Ngoepe to the Toronto Blue Jays

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 […]
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A Shortstop of the Future Candidate Takes Over For the Best...

INDIANAPOLIS — There’s a new everyday shortstop at Triple-A Indianapolis. Goodbye, Ngoepe. Hello, Newman. Kevin Newman was promoted to Indianapolis on July 20 and was immediately made the everyday shortstop, the only position he’s played as a professional. Gift Ngoepe, who spent about five weeks with the Pirates earlier this season, will play a mixture […]
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Injury Updates: Conner Uselton Sidelined With a Hamstring, Yeudy Garcia to...

BRADENTON, Fla. – Pirates’ 2017 second round pick Conner Uselton is currently sidelined with a hamstring injury. The outfielder suffered the injury last Thursday in his second professional game, trying to beat out a ground ball to first. “I just reached out for the bag and felt something,” Uselton said. He needed help off the […]
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Minor Moves: Meadows and Ngoepe to DL; Vieaux Promoted to Bradenton

The Pittsburgh Pirates have promoted left-handed starting pitcher Cam Vieaux from the West Virginia Power to the Bradenton Marauders. Vieaux was elected to the South Atlantic League All-Star game, which took place on Tuesday night, but he did not pitch. He will replace Dario Agrazal in the rotation, after Agrazal was promoted to Altoona, where […]
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Pirates Notebook: Today’s Moves Were About Getting More Offense From the...

NEW YORK – It’s no secret that the Pirates have struggled offensively this year. They currently rank 12th in the NL in wRC+ and 13th in wOBA. So when it came time for a shakeup of their bench heading into the weekend series against the Mets, offense was the focus. The Pirates sent down defensive […]
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Pirates DFA Alen Hanson, Option Gift Ngoepe; Max Moroff and Phil...

The Pittsburgh Pirates made the roster moves official that we heard after Wednesday night’s game. Alen Hanson has been designated for assignment. Gift Ngoepe has been optioned back to Indianapolis (this happened yesterday). As reported here by Brian Peloza on Wednesday, both Max Moroff and Phil Gosselin have rejoined the Pirates and will be available […]
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Pirates Set to Shake Up Their Bench; Moroff and Gosselin to...

The Pittsburgh Pirates plan to shake up the roster after Wednesday’s loss. Alan Saunders reports that Gift Ngoepe will be heading to Indianapolis, and Alan Hanson won’t be traveling with the team to New York, per both players. No reason is given on Hanson, although it sounds like the Pirates are moving on. Neither player […]
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Pirates Get a Boost From Their Indianapolis Depth in 12-2 Blowout...

MIAMI – I spent a lot of words this week breaking down how everything was going wrong for the Pirates on offense. Tonight, everything was going right. It started off innocently enough, with Jordy Mercer hitting a solo homer in the second at-bat of the game off lefty Adam Conley. It was the second home run […]
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Pirates Notebook: Gift Ngoepe Gets First MLB Start, Starling Marte Arrives...

MIAMI – Gift Ngoepe will be making his first MLB start tonight, playing second base with Josh Harrison moving over to third and David Freese out of the lineup. Freese is missing his third straight game with a hamstring issue, although he’s on the lineup card in the clubhouse as available off the bench. The Pirates […]
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