Tag Archive for Pittsburgh Pirates

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.

The post Ngoepe & Neverauskas MLB Debut Hats on Display in Cooperstown appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Christopher Bostick & Max Moroff Recalled by Pirates

The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced that infielders Christopher Bostick and Max Moroff were recalled to the big leagues.

Catcher Elias Diaz and infielder Phil Gosselin were optioned to Indianapolis in return.

Utilityman Adam Frazier (MLB rehab) and outfielder Justin Maffei joined Indy as well, with the latter being transferred from Short-Season A West Virginia.

Bostick, 24, batted .320 (31-for-97) with seven doubles, two triples, two home runs, 11 RBI and three stolen bases in 24 games for Indianapolis. He led the team batting and two-baggers, with his .320 average tied for seventh in the International League. Bostick had played 639 career games over his seven-year career after being selected by Oakland in the 44th round of the 2011 MLB June Amateur Draft.

Moroff, 23, hit .258 (25-for-97) with four doubles and an IL-best eight long balls. He notched the first multi-homer game of his career on Saturday at Columbus, the second blast helping him match his career high of eight, set in 2013 and equaled again in 2016. Moroff was a 16th-round pick of the Pirates in 2012, and he made his major league debut on July 31, 2016.

Diaz, recalled by Pittsburgh on May 1, hit .222 (2-for-9) in four games. He recorded his first big league hit on May 2 at Cincinnati, an infield single off Robert Stephenson. With the Tribe this season, Diaz is batting .305 (18-for-59) with five doubles, a home run and 12 RBI.

Gosselin, 28, was acquired by Pittsburgh from Arizona on Feb. 10, 2017, in exchange for right-hander Frank Duncan. In 19 games for the Pirates, Gosselin hit .138 (4-for-29) with one double and one RBI.

Frazier, 25, joins Indy on a major league rehab assignment after straining his left hamstring with Pittsburgh. A man of many positions, Frazier was batting .306 (15-for-49) with four extra-base hits in 15 games for Pittsburgh at the time of his injury.

Maffei has appeared in just one game this season, a 2-for-4 performance on April 30 at Scranton/Wilkes-Barre with the Indians.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Indians

The post Christopher Bostick & Max Moroff Recalled by Pirates appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Indians’ Josh Lindblom Pulled up to Pirates After Jameson Taillon Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon was placed on the 10-day DL with groin discomfort, which led to Indianapolis Indians RHP Josh Lindblom getting the call-up to the big leagues.

The post Indians’ Josh Lindblom Pulled up to Pirates After Jameson Taillon Injury appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Indians’ Josh Lindblom Pulled up to Pirates After Jameson Taillon Injury

Pittsburgh Pirates RHP Jameson Taillon was placed on the 10-day DL with groin discomfort, which led to Indianapolis Indians RHP Josh Lindblom getting the call-up to the big leagues.

The post Indians’ Josh Lindblom Pulled up to Pirates After Jameson Taillon Injury appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Indians Catcher Elias Diaz recalled by Pirates; Danny Ortiz Back to Indy; Gift on FIRE

The moves on up to the bigs keep rolling in for the Indianapolis Indians.

Monday, Catcher Elias Diaz was recalled by the Pirates.

Danny Ortiz Heads Back to Indy

Related, Danny Ortiz spent a day with the Pittsburgh Pirates before being optioned back to the Indianapolis Indians. He substituted into right field and had no plate appearances.

GIFT Making an Impact

While he hasn’t played in the past few games, Gift Ngoepe has started off HOT in Pittsburgh.

In 12 plate appearances Ngoepe has 4 hits, 4 walks, 2 runs & 1 RBI and is hitting .500 with an on base percentage (OBP) of .667. In other words, he’s hitting like Superman.

The post Indians Catcher Elias Diaz recalled by Pirates; Danny Ortiz Back to Indy; Gift on FIRE appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Danny Ortiz heads up to the Pittsburgh Pirates

The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced that outfielder Danny Ortiz’s contract was selected.

Ortiz is the fifth Tribe player called up to Pittsburgh this season, joining right-handers Johnny Barbato and Dovydas Neverauskas, outfielder Jose Osuna and infielder Gift Ngoepe, and will be the fourth to make his major league debut.

Ortiz, 27, was batting .217 (13-for-60) with one double, three RBI and two stolen bases in 17 games for Indianapolis. Last year, Ortiz led the Indians with 17 home runs and finished second on the team in RBI (57).

Born in Caguas, Puerto Rico, Ortiz posted a .257 average (834-for-3,243) over the course of his nine-year minor league career. He collected 195 doubles, 34 triples, 91 home runs and 451 RBI in 891 games played.

Outfielder Justin Maffei was transferred from Rookie-Advanced Bristol to Indianapolis in place of Ortiz, leaving Indy’s active roster at a full 25 players.

SOURCE: Indianapolis Indians

The post Danny Ortiz heads up to the Pittsburgh Pirates appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

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

The post Gift Ngoepe Makes History, Recalled by Pittsburgh Pirates appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Johnny Barbato Gets Called Up; Indianapolis Indians Roster Transactions for April 25, 2017

Newest Indian, relief pitcher Johnny Barbato, by way of the Yankees. #RollTribe #baseball

A post shared by Naptown Buzz (@naptownbuzz) on

The Indianapolis Indians, in conjunction with the Pittsburgh Pirates, announced the following roster transactions:

  • RHP Dovydas Neverauskas recalled by Pittsburgh. (4/24)
  • RHP Johnny Barbato recalled by Pittsburgh.
  • RHP Brett McKinney transferred from WV Black Bears to Indianapolis. He is wearing #38.
  • OF Eury Perez transferred from WV Black Bears to Indianapolis. He is wearing #27.

The roster remains at 25 active players + 1 DL.

The post Johnny Barbato Gets Called Up; Indianapolis Indians Roster Transactions for April 25, 2017 appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

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

The post Indians Pitcher Dovydas Neverauskas Gets Called up to Pittsburgh appeared first on Naptown Buzz.

Starling Marte Suspended; José Osuna Recalled; Joey Terdoslavich Promoted to Indy

“. announced today Starling Marte has been suspended 80-games for violating the league’s Joint Drug Agreement.”

“José Osuna has been recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis and will be available for tonight’s game in St. Louis.”

“ROSTER MOVE: 1B/OF has been recalled by the .”

“In a corresponding move, INF/OF Joey Terdoslavich has been transferred from extended to Indianapolis and is active for tonight’s game.”

The post Starling Marte Suspended; José Osuna Recalled; Joey Terdoslavich Promoted to Indy appeared first on Naptown Buzz.