Ngoepe was promoted to the Pirates 40-man roster Thursday. Ngoepe made a brief appearance with Triple-A Indianapolis in 2015, slashing a .246/.313/.311 in 61 at-bats with the team through 21 games, but the 25-year-old likely won't appear in the majors until he learns to cut down on the strikeouts (he was fanned 201 times in two seasons with Double-A Altoona).
The Pirates announced Thursday they optioned elite pitching prospect Jameson Taillon to Triple-A Indianapolis. They also optioned pitcher Casey Sadler and infielder Alen Hanson to Triple-A. Outfielder Willy Garcia was optioned to Double-A Altoona, while pitchers Collin Balester, Jeremy Bleich, infielder Gift Ngoepe and outfielder Mel Rojas Jr. were reassigned to minor-league camp.