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66 Gift Ngoepe 2B

Philadelphia Phillies

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June 30, 2019 06:48 PM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Signs with Pirates
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe signed a minor-league contract with the Pirates on Saturday.

The 29-year-old middle infielder hit just .221 in 41 games at Triple-A Lehigh Valley with the Phillies before he was cut loose. He will report to Double-A Altoona.

March 22, 2019 06:16 PM
Phillies' Gift Ngoepe: Heading to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe will head to minor-league camp Tuesday, Todd Zolecki of reports.

Unsurprisingly, Ngoepe wasn't able to crack the Opening Day roster. With a .181/.272/.236 line in 82 big-league plate appearances, there's no guarantee the Phillies will look to him when injuries strike their infield.

March 2, 2019 09:56 AM
Phillies' Gift Ngoepe: Arrives at spring training
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe arrived at Phillies camp Saturday morning, Matt Breen of The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

Ngoepe's start to the spring was delayed by visa issues, but those have apparently been cleared up, and he is ready to make a push for a spot on the Phillies' Opening Day roster.

February 19, 2019 03:08 PM
Phillies' Gift Ngoepe: Dealing with visa issues
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe has yet to arrive at Phillies camp while he waits to secure a travel visa, Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports.

Ngoepe was already facing an uphill battle to win an Opening Day bench role with the Phillies by virtue of being a non-roster invitee, and the missed time to begin camp won't help his case. He'll likely be withheld from the Phillies' first handful of Grapefruit League contests until his visa issues are resolved.

January 11, 2019 10:40 PM
Phillies' Gift Ngoepe: Signs minors deal with Phillies
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe signed a minor-league contract with the Phillies on Friday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

Ngoepe made it further than any African-born player ever had when he made his big-league debut for the Pirates in 2017, though he hasn't done much in his limited major-league opportunities. In a short stint for Pittsburgh that season and an even shorter one in Toronto last year, the infielder has hit just .181/.272/.236 in 82 plate appearances. He'll fill an organizational depth role in Philadelphia this season and is unlikely to receive more than a handful of at-bats.

August 30, 2018 02:00 PM
Gift Ngoepe: Signs in Australia
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe signed a contract with the Sydney Blue Sox of the Australian Baseball League, John Lott of The Athletic Toronto reports.

Ngoepe was released by the Blue Jays earlier in the month after hitting just .168/.304/.252 across 48 games with Triple-A Buffalo. The Blue Sox's season starts in November and wraps up in February, so he could latch on with a major-league team before spring training next season.

May 7, 2018 02:32 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Clears waivers and heads to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe cleared waivers Monday and was outrighted to Triple-A Buffalo.

Ngoepe was available for any team to claim, but a 28-year-old utility infielder with a career .181/.272/.236 line doesn't make for a particularly appealing player. He'll head back to the minors and could be back up as needed throughout the season, though he shouldn't be expected to have much fantasy relevance if and when he does return.

May 4, 2018 11:40 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: DFA'd by Toronto
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was designated for assignment Thursday Shi Davidi of reports.

Just hours after being optioned down to Triple-A, Ngoepe is now without a spot on the 40-man roster after the Blue Jays made a flurry of moves between games in Thursday's doubleheader. Reliever Luis Santos had his contract selected and he will take Ngoepe's spot. Ngoepe had seen inconsistent playing time in the weeks leading up to his demotion and he had just one hit in 18 at-bats. He'll now be subject to waivers, but could return to the Blue Jays' organization if he goes unclaimed.

May 3, 2018 03:44 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Optioned to Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo on Thursday.

Ngoepe only appeared in one game since re-joining the big-league team at the beginning of this week, but didn't record an at-bat, instead serving as a pinch-runner and scoring one run against the Twins on Tuesday. He will continue to receive everyday at-bats at the Triple-A level instead of being utilized as a reserve for the Blue Jays.

April 30, 2018 05:00 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Back with Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe is back in the big leagues, Mike Wilner of Sportsnet 590 The Fan reports.

Ngoepe was called up to replace the injured Randal Grichuk (knee). He spent the start of the season on the Blue Jays' bench but went just 1-for-18 with 12 strikeouts before being sent to Triple-A Buffalo in mid-April. Nothing in his profile suggests that he'll be much of a fantasy asset this time around, either.

April 20, 2018 12:20 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Optioned to Triple-A Buffalo
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was sent down to Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

Ngoepe appeared in 12 games for Toronto over the first few weeks of the season but wasn't able to make an impact at the plate, going just 1-for-18 (.056 average) with one walk and 12 strikeouts. The infielder will head back to the minor leagues to get everyday at-bats while Lourdes Gurriel takes his place on the Blue Jays' active roster.

March 28, 2018 02:20 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Makes club as reserve infielder
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Tuesday that Ngoepe secured a spot on the team's Opening Day roster, Shi Davidi of reports.

The Blue Jays haven't announced as much, but Ngoepe's inclusion on the team likely means that Danny Espinosa will be reassigned to minor-league camp, if not released. Ngoepe, who debuted last season with the Pirates and appeared in 28 games, is regarded as a glove-first utility man, so he wouldn't attract much interest in the fantasy realm if he ends up falling into semi-regular at-bats at any point.

February 27, 2018 06:36 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Outside shot at bench role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe could break camp with the Blue Jays as a reserve infielder if Troy Tulowitzki (heel) is unable to go by Opening Day, Arden Zwelling of reports.

The Blue Jays are expected to carry Aledmys Diaz and Yangervis Solarte as reserve infielders to open the season, but the team may need some additional infield depth if Tulowitzki's heel isn't fully recovered by Opening Day. If Tulowitzki were to open the year on the shelf, Ngoepe, who hit .222/.323/.296 in 28 games during his major-league debut last season, and prospect Richard Urena would be candidates to fill Toronto's final bench spot. Either way, barring any other injuries to the Blue Jays' infield (or a Josh Donaldson trade), the big-league stint would likely be short-lived, and thus uninteresting from a fantasy perspective.

November 20, 2017 06:00 PM
Blue Jays' Gift Ngoepe: Traded to Blue Jays
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was traded to the Blue Jays on Monday in exchange for cash or a player to be named later.

The 27-year-old infielder made his big-league debut last season, hitting .222 with zero home runs and a 41.3 percent strikeout rate in 63 plate appearances. The Pirates get to clear a spot on the 40-man roster while the Blue Jays get some infield depth. It would not be surprising if the Blue Jays tried to designate Ngoepe for assignment to clear a 40-man roster spot later this offseason.

June 22, 2017 06:12 PM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Lands on minor-league DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was placed on the 7-day minor-league disabled list Thursday with a left hamstring strain.

It's unclear how long the injury will keep Ngoepe sidelined at this point, but he'll be eligible to return June 30 if he is ready. The 27-year-old has struggled since returning to Triple-A Indianapolis from the Pirates at the beginning of June; he's slashing .193/.281/.333 in 16 games (64 plate appearances).

May 31, 2017 09:00 PM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Shipped to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports.

Ngoepe was slashing just .222/.323/.296 across 54 at-bats (27 games) with the big club before being sent back to Indianapolis. He could see another opportunity with the Pirates later in the season should the team need an extra bench bat. A corresponding move should be announced before Friday's series opener against the Mets.

May 10, 2017 11:28 AM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Looking for answers at plate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Tuesday against the Dodgers.

He has 14 strikeouts in 34 plate appearances and has seen his slash line drop to .250/.382/.357. Ngoepe's calling card is his strong defense, but the lifetime .232 hitter in the minors is struggling at the plate.

April 29, 2017 01:04 PM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Another memorable night Friday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe went 3-for-3 with two walks Friday against Miami.

Making his first major-league start, the African native nearly hit an opposite-field homer, legging out a triple off the base of the right-center field wall. Although Ngoepe's not known for his offense, his solid defensive skills could help him see more at-bats while he's hot.

April 27, 2017 11:20 AM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Makes history Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe singled in his first major-league at-bat Wednesday, going 1-for-2 with a walk against the Cubs.

His hit off Jon Lester was the first ever by a major leaguer born in South Africa. Ngoepe, who served as a second base replacement for Phil Gosselin, has primarily played shortstop in the minors. The fielding whiz holds a minor-league line of .232/.322/.347 in nine seasons.

April 26, 2017 04:28 PM
Pirates' Gift Ngoepe: Officially recalled Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Ngoepe was recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis on Wednesday.

The 27-year-old Ngoepe should give the Pirates some extra depth in the infield with David Freese (hamstring) unavailable Wednesday and Adam Frazier (hamstring) on the disabled list. It's not expected that Ngoepe, the first native African player to reach the major leagues, will be in store for an everyday role after submitting a .308 on-base percentage at Triple-A, but his ability to play multiple infield positions could prove valuable off the bench.

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Batting Stats
2016PIT0000000000 --- --- ---
2017PIT285410120682600 .323 .296 .222
2018TOR1318210011200 .105 .056 .056
Total 417212130693800 .272 .236 .181
Fielding Stats
Total  391910241610161.000
More Batting Stats
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Minor League Batting Stats
2009R-Gcl Pirates47160243840192152139 .341 .281 .238
2010ASX-State College Spikes6422930471351203668117 .315 .319 .205
2010AFA-Bradenton Marauders240100001200 .400 .250 .250
2011R-Gcl Pirates26010000--100 .286 .167 .167
2011AFX-West Virginia Power25851426512571433 .359 .459 .306
2012AFA-Bradenton Marauders12445666106115936631312214 .330 .338 .232
2013AA-Altoona Curve7222029391023162882103 .278 .282 .177
2013AFA-Bradenton Marauders289617287306213571 .424 .427 .292
2014AA-Altoona Curve1314375810417995251135138 .319 .380 .238
2015AA-Altoona Curve712463164122325246636 .338 .362 .260
2015AAA-Indianapolis Indians2161515400161512 .313 .311 .246
2016AAA-Indianapolis10233240722018273113052 .289 .355 .217
2017AAA-Indianapolis Indians772643358155627289124 .299 .383 .220
2017ASX-West Virginia Black27220011--200 .375 .714 .286
Total 768260334960111833432253178249059 .308 .351 .231

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Pietersburg, South Africa
Philadelphia Phillies

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