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Gift Ngoepe’s Unique Path Has Him One Step From the Majors

INDIANAPOLIS — He didn’t live near a cutting-edge baseball training facility and there wasn’t a high school nearby producing elite baseball prospects every year. Indianapolis shortstop Gift Ngoepe simply made do with what he had growing up in South Africa: an imagination, some various sport balls, and the walls of his home. And he also […]
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Victor Ngoepe Shows That Strong Defense at Shortstop Runs in the...

BRADENTON, Fla. – When the Pirates signed Gift Ngoepe in 2008, it was a big story. It wasn’t quite a big signing, but more of a novelty at the time. Gift was the first black player signed by a professional team out of South Africa. Not much was expected of his career, and it was […]
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Top Performers: A Lot of the Top Pirates Prospects Are Starting...

This past week was the first full week of the minor league season, and gives us our first week of full results for the Top Performers feature. A week isn’t much of a sample size for any player, as it usually amounts to one good start from a pitcher, or a few good games from […]
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First Pitch: Which Pirates Prospects Could Help the Major League Team...

PITTSBURGH – The Pirates are off to a great start to their season, sweeping the Cardinals to go 3-0 at the start of the year. Tomorrow is an off-day for the MLB club, but it happens to be one of the best days of the year on this site. The minor league season starts tomorrow, […]
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Pirate City Notes: Garcia and Eppler Pitch, Kramer Continues to Look...

BRADENTON, Fla. – Yeudy Garcia made his second start of the spring and worked three strong innings in the Double-A game on Sunday at Pirates City. Garcia’s velocity was only 90-93 MPH on the day which was down from last year’s 93-96 MPH range, which hit 97 at times. Today he was 90-91 in the first inning, […]
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Second Round of Pirates Cuts Answers a Few Questions For Indianapolis

BRADENTON, Fla. – The Pittsburgh Pirates made their second round of cuts on Friday morning, sending out ten players. They optioned seven to Indianapolis, with Josh Bell, Alen Hanson, Max Moroff, Gift Ngoepe, Willy Garcia, Nick Kingham, and John Holdzkom being sent down. They also reassigned Adam Frazier, Juan Diaz, and Dan Gamache to minor league […]
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The Indianapolis Roster is About to Get More Crowded

BRADENTON, Fl. – The David Freese addition this weekend improved the Pirates’ situation at third base at the start of the year, and improved their depth throughout the season. The one fallout of this deal is that it will eventually make a crowded Indianapolis roster even more crowded. That’s not a “problem”, as there’s no […]
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Gift Ngoepe Hoping New Hitting Approach Will Be Enough to Make...

BRADENTON, Fl. – One of the players who created a buzz at the Black and Gold Game on Monday at McKechnie Field was shortstop Gift Ngoepe. Ngoepe, wearing number 61 and taking the field for Team Black, made multiple above average plays from the field. Although those plays are nothing new to those who have watched Gift […]
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Winter Wrap-Up and World Baseball Classic Notes

The final game of winter ball will be played today in the Caribbean Series, as Mexico takes on Venezuela. The team from Mexico included Carlos Munoz, Harold Ramirez and Luis Heredia during the regular season, though none of them were around for the Caribbean Series. The only Pirates’ player in the series was Danny Ortiz, […]
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Pirates Sign Gift Ngoepe’s Younger Brother

According to Baseball America, the Pittsburgh Pirates have signed the younger brother of infielder Gift Ngoepe, who has been in the organization since 2008. Victor Ngoepe was playing for Team South Africa in the 18U(meaning 18 years old or under) World Cup this past summer, collecting two hits against Team Italy. He was born on […]
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