Tag:Gift Ngoepe
Posted on: March 9, 2009 6:57 am
Edited on: March 9, 2009 7:00 am
 

Bucs Aren't Looking This Gift Horse in the Mouth

Npho "Gift" Ngoepe is a 19-yo switch-hitting INF for South Africa in this year's edition of the World Baseball Classic and apparently in the Pirates farm system.  He's also a lifelong Oakland A's fan.


From InternationalPastime.com
The switch-hitting shortstop Ngoepe’ s signing with the Pittsburgh Pirates was somewhat overshadowed by the unusual (and seemingly quite gimmicky and desperate) signings of Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, the two Indian pitchers who won a reality TV show to get their contracts. Ngpepe is viewed as a project, but has the most potential of reaching the majors of any player on South Africa’s roster. After the Classic, Ngoepe will likely be sent to the Pirates’ Single-A affiliate.

From SFGate.com
South Africa second baseman Npho "Gift" Ngoepe, 19, is a Sotho tribesman who grew up on a baseball field; his mother worked at the clubhouse in Randburg. He's also a longtime A's fan, and he wanted to see Giambi, Eric Chavez and Bobby Crosby.
"On PlayStation, I'll be like, 'Giambi's up, he hits all the home runs, that's big!' " Ngoepe said.

 


 

Based on this photo, he needs work on his fielding.
I guess there is something to be said for the Pirates finally addressing their need for better international scouting and talent development under Neal Huntington and Frank Coonelly, but I hope they are concentrating their efforts on the proven areas of Latin America and Asia.

 

 
 
 
 
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