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Jul '17 11

Africans in the Minors through July 8, 2017



by DZ

All current African minor leaguers hail from South Africa.

Gift Ngoepe, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Current team: Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
Ngoepe spent over a month in the big leagues earlier this season, and he’s just returned to Triple-A Indianapolis after a two-game rehab stint in West Virginia. In his 32 Triple-A games this season, the middle infielder is hitting .218/.293/.353. He played 28 games for the Pirates, hitting .222/.323/.296.

Dylan Unsworth, Seattle Mariners.
Current team: Arkansas Travelers (AA)
Unsworth has gone at least 6 innings in each of his last 10 starts with 10 walks and 47 strikeouts in 65 innings, pitching to a 6-3 record and 2.77 ERA in that timespan. In 101.1 innings for the year (including two starts for Triple-A Tacoma), Unsworth is 7-7 with a 3.64 ERA. He has 76 strikeouts and 17 walks.

Anthony Phillips, Colorado Rockies.
Current team: Hartford Yard Goats (AA)
The shortstop from Bellville has played 50 games and has a .223 batting average with a .294 on base percentage.

Taylor Scott, Milwaukee Brewers.
Current team: Biloxi Shuckers (AA)
Scott is 4-4 with a 2.31 ERA in 36 games, pitching 50.2 innings. He has 54 strikeouts and 31 walks.

Kieran Lovegrove, Cleveland Indians.
Current team: Lynchburg Hillcats (High-A)
The 22-year-old righty is 3-1 with a 4.30 ERA in 23 games and 29.1 innings pitched. He has 25 strikeouts and 12 walks.

Vince Deyzel, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Current team: GCL Pirates (rookie)
The Durbanite has 3 outings thus far in the short season Gulf Coast League. He’s allowed 5 hits, 4 walks, and 2 runs while striking out 3 in 8.1 innings.

Victor Ngoepe, Pittsburgh Pirates.
Current team: GCL Pirates (rookie)
Ngoepe received a one-game promotion to short-season Bristol before returning to the GCL. In his 10 games so far, he has 3 hits, 3 walks, and 11 strikeouts. The shortstop has also stolen a base.

Callan Pearce, Minnesota Twins.
Current team: Elizabethton Twins (rookie)
After 3 seasons in the GCL, Pearce has been promoted to the Appy League. He has yet to make his 2017 debut, as he’s on the disabled list.

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