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Ngoepe & Neverauskas MLB Debut Hats on Display in Cooperstown

Earlier this season Indianapolis Indians players Gift Ngoepe & Dovydas Neverauskas made their Major League Baseball debuts with the Pittsburgh Pirates.

On April 24, 2017, Neverauskas became the first Lithuanian born player to make the majors.

Then on April 26, 2017, Ngoepe became the first South African born player to make the majors.

The hats both players wore in their respective debuts are currently on display in the “Whole New Ballgame” exhibit in Cooperstown, New York.

Ngoepe & Neverauskas are currently on the Indianapolis Indians roster, so head to Victory Field to catch them in action before their permanent move to the big leagues.

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Gift Ngoepe Makes History, Recalled by Pittsburgh Pirates

The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced that infielder Gift Ngoepe was recalled to the big leagues. With the promotion, Ngoepe becomes the first African-born player to reach the major leagues.

Ngoepe, 27, was batting .241 (14-for-58) with three doubles, one triple, one home run and four RBI in 15 games for Indianapolis. He reached Triple-A for the first time in 2015, appearing in 21 games with the Tribe. Last year, he played in 102 games for Indy and was the best defensive shortstop in the International League after posting a .984 fielding percentage (seven errors in 440 total chances).

His defensive excellence has not gone unnoticed by Baseball America, who tabbed him as the “Best Defensive Infielder” in Pittsburgh’s farm system over each of the last five seasons (2013-17).

Born in Pietersburg, South Africa, Ngoepe was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on Sept. 29, 2008. He has played in Pittsburgh’s farm system eight-plus seasons, accumulating 37 home runs and 201 RBI in 704 career games.

Ngoepe joins Dovydas Neverauskas in a week of firsts not only for the Pittsburgh Pirates but all of Major League Baseball. Neverauskas, who posted a perfect 0.00 ERA over 8.1 innings pitched for the Tribe this season, became the first born-and-raised Lithuanian to play in the big leagues after debuting Monday night at PNC Park against the Chicago Cubs.

Neverauskas was optioned from Pittsburgh to Indy to make room for Ngoepe but is not active for the Tribe’s opener tonight at Pawtucket.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Indians

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Indians Pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas Gets Called up to Pittsburgh

INDIANAPOLIS – The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced that right-hander reliever Dovydas Neverauskas was recalled to the big leagues. The Indians have not made a corresponding move ahead of their six-game road trip, which begins Tuesday evening at Pawtucket.

Neverauskas, 24, appeared in five games for the Indians this year, posting a perfect 0.00 ERA in 8.1 innings pitched. He allowed three unearned runs on four hits and three walks while fanning seven. He split his 2016 campaign between Indy and Double-A Altoona, going 4-4 with five saves and a 3.10 ERA (20 ER in 58.0 IP) in 47 games.

Neverauskas also threw a scoreless eighth inning for the World Team in the 2016 All-Star Futures Game at Petco Park.

Born in Vilnius, Lithuania, Neverauskas was signed by the Pirates as a non-drafted free agent on July 9, 2009, and was officially added to Pittsburgh’s 40-man roster this past November. Neverauskas looks to join outfielder Joe Zapustas of the Philadelphia A’s in 1933 as the only Lithuanian-born players to appear in a Major League game. Zapustas was born in Lithuania, but grew up in Boston.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Indians

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Indians’ Meadows & Neverauskas Selected to All-Star Futures Game

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Austin Meadows

Austin Meadows and Dovydas Neverauskas have been selected to participate in the 2016 Sirius XM All-Star Futures Game on Sunday, July 10, as part of Major League Baseball’s All-Star events at Petco Park in San Diego.

Meadows (Atlanta, Ga.) will join the US Team while Neverauskas (Vilnius, Lithuania) will join the World Team.

Meadows, an outfielder, made his Triple-A debut on June 18, going 3-for-4 with a triple and two RBIs. He extended his season long hitting streak to 26 games through June 20 and is currently batting .417 with four extra-base hits in four games at Victory Field. He is rated by Baseball America as the Pirates’ No. 2 prospect and No. 22 overall in Minor League Baseball.

Neverauskas (DOVID-us never-AHSK-us), a right-handed pitcher, also made his Triple-A debut this season on June 16. He has combined across all levels to go 1-1 with a 2.67 ERA this year and is just the second Lithuanian-born player to sign with a Major League club.

The rosters were selected jointly by MLB, Baseball America, and the individual teams.

Trevor Hoffman will manage the US Team while former Indianapolis Indian Moises Alou (1990) will skipper the international squad. This is the 18th year for the event, intended to showcase professional baseball’s brightest up-and-coming talents.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Indians

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