Tag: Victor Ngoepe

Minor Moves: Pirates Shake Things Up in Indianapolis

The Pittsburgh Pirates have made two pitching moves to get right-handed pitchers Dario Agrazal and Yefry Ramirez back on the Indianapolis roster. Right-handed pitcher Eduardo Vera was released and lefty Cam Vieaux was sent down to Altoona. With Mitch Keller slated to join the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday, they will have a whole new look […]
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Winter Leagues: Fabricio Macias Leads Mexico to U23 World Cup Title...

The U23 World Cup tournament in Colombia wrapped up on Saturday for three members of the Pittsburgh Pirates. Only one player was active on Sunday, but he had quite a moment for his team. Robbie Glendinning went 0-for-5 in his final game. His series was basically one big game on Friday when he hit two […]
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Winter Leagues: Robbie Glendinning Hits Two Homers for Team Australia

In the U23 World Cup tournament on Friday, shortstop Robbie Glendinning hit two home runs as part of a big game for Team Australia. He also had a single, walk and four runs scored in the 16-3 victory over the Netherlands. He was hitting .174 in the tournament prior to Friday. Glendinning split 2018 between […]
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Winter Leagues: Fabricio Macias Reaches Base Four Times in Team Mexico...

In the U23 World Cup tournament in Colombia on Thursday, Fabricio Macias had a strong game at the plate. He came into the day with a .333 average in the tournament and went 2-for-3 with two singles, a walk and a hit-by-pitch, as he helped Team Mexico to a 10-4 win over Venezuela. Macias split […]
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Winter Leagues: Eduardo Vera Throws Shutout Ball Again; Elvis Escobar Debuts

On Wednesday night in winter ball, Elvis Escobar made his winter debut in Venezuela and allowed one run on two hits in one inning. The Pirates gave him permission to pitch this winter, but the former outfielder isn’t allowed to hit. He also can’t be used on back-to-back days. Escobar pitched a total of 30.1 […]
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Winter Leagues: Four Pirates Seeing Action in the U23 World Cup

Winter ball was very slow on Monday, with two games total being played and only one involved a player with the Pirates. There were four players of note in the U23 World Cup tournament taking place in Colombia, so we do have some extra news from the last two days. In the Dominican on Monday, […]
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Winter Leagues: Fabricio Macias Homers for Team Mexico; Tyler Eppler Makes...

We have some winter league news, along with an international tournament that involves some prospects of note. In the Dominican on Sunday night, Tyler Eppler made his second start. After throwing five shutout innings on just three singles and no walks in his winter debut, Eppler wasn’t quite that sharp, but still picked up the […]
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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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Winter Leagues: Pirates are Seeing Poor Results Recently From Their Top...

Three days of winter league action covering games in five countries, plus the wrap-up of the U23 World Cup tournament. You’ll notice that except for Pablo Reyes, who just started playing, the better hitting prospects for the Pirates in winter ball have all slowed down recently. For Elvis Escobar and Jose Osuna, the slumps are […]
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First Pitch: Victor Ngoepe Continues His Progress With Strong World Cup...

During the Winter Leagues articles over the last ten days, we have had updates for the three Pittsburgh Pirates in the U23 World Cup tournament being held in Mexico. I was able to watch both starts from Nick Hutchings and some of the at-bats from Sam Kennelly. Those two players will play in the Australian […]
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