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Bell Homers, Gift Debuts, and Glasnow Struggles in Pirates’ 6-5 Win...

PITTSBURGH — The Pirates beat the Chicago Cubs, 6-5 on Wednesday night, in front of 16,904 people. Gift Ngoepe made his major league debut and recorded his first hit. Josh Bell hit a monster of a home run from the right side of the plate. Tony Watson survived another error in the ninth inning to […]
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Pirates Notebook: Off the Plane, Then Into the Game

PITTSBURGH — Dovydas Neverauskas had a long, unlikely path from Vilnius, Lithuania to the major leagues. Neverauskas was the first Lithuanian-born players signed by an MLB team when the Pirates inked him as a 16-year-old back in 2009. Most players signed at that age by the Pirates are Dominican or otherwise sent to the team’s […]
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Pirates Recall Shortstop Gift Ngoepe; Option Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates recalled shortstop Gift Ngoepe on Wednesday afternoon and optioned right-handed pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas to Indianapolis to make room on the 25-man roster. Ngoepe is being called up due to the bench being one position player short, plus David Freese missed last night’s game due to a hamstring issue, leaving the Pirates short-handed […]
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Gift Ngoepe is Starting to Learn His Identity at the Plate

INDIANAPOLIS — Gift Ngoepe hit a home run in the season opener, but in an odd way that could have been an ominous sign. He’s not a power hitter. Ngoepe has enough power to hit home runs on occasion, but in the past that has gotten him in trouble because he starts swinging for them […]
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Previewing the 2017 Pittsburgh Pirates Breakout Prospects

Prospect rankings and evaluations are always a snapshot in time. They are always changing, and while most changes are subtle in the short-term, there is always the opportunity for big changes in a short period of time. Seeing sudden, rapid changes is only natural when you are dealing with young baseball players mostly in the […]
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Pirates Option Steven Brault and Gift Ngoepe, Reassign Jason Rogers

The Pittsburgh Pirates made three more cuts on Tuesday in addition to the Josh Lindblom move earlier. They optioned pitcher Steven Brault and shortstop Gift Ngoepe to Indianapolis, while reassigning first baseman Jason Rogers to minor league camp. These moves now leave 33 players on the active Spring Training roster, with six days until Opening […]
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Can Gift Ngoepe Figure Out His Offense to Get His Defense...

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Pirates have a starting shortstop in Jordy Mercer. Beyond that, they have a lot of question marks at the position. Mercer has been reliable throughout his major-league career, but the departure of last season’s primary backup Sean Rodriguez has left a hole that doesn’t appear to have been filled this […]
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Instructs Report: Nice Day for Hughston at the Plate; Valerio Plays...

BRADENTON, Fla. – Wednesday in the Instructional League, the Pirates played another game that was practicing situations. I mentioned it in yesterday’s notes, but I should expand on it a little. They will start innings with runners on base and the team batting is usually trailing by 1-2 runs. They call the situations out and […]
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Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas Arrested in Toledo Over the Weekend

Gift Ngoepe and Dovydas Neverauskas were arrested in Toledo late Saturday night/early Sunday morning, Pirates Prospects has learned. Public arrest records are available, with both players being arrested by the Toledo Police Department. Pirates Prospects has learned that the incident took place in a bar fight at The Blarney Irish Pub across the street from […]
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First Pitch: The Pirates Are Building Good Shortstop Depth in Their...

A few years ago, the Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t have a shortstop of the future on the horizon. They drafted Chase d’Arnaud and Jordy Mercer in the third and fourth round of the 2008 draft, respectively, but there was no guarantee one of them would start. Mercer didn’t have the defense coming up through the minors […]
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