From BR Bullpen
Mpho' Gift Ngoepe
- Bats Both, Throws Right
- Height 5' 10", Weight 165 lb.
- High School Rand Park High School
 Biographical Information
Ngoepe played for South Africa in the 2006 World Junior Championship. He was the youngest player on the South African national team in the 2007 Baseball World Cup. The 17-year-old played all 3 outfield spots and went 1 for 12 with 5 strikeouts and a stolen base. After attending the 2008 European Academy, he was signed by scouts Tom Randolph and Jackie Bowen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Ngoepe was South Africa's star in the 2009 World Baseball Classic, with two triples (both off Elmer Dessens) in five at-bats, a walk, a run and a RBI in two games. His OPS was almost triple South Africa's next-best player, Brett Willemburg. Despite playing only two games, he tied Jimmy Rollins, Endy Chavez and Gregor Blanco for second in the event in three-baggers, one behind Yoennis Céspedes. He then was featured on the cover of the South African edition of Sports Illustrated. Ngoepe debuted with the GCL Pirates on June 23, going 2 for 4 against the GCL Yankees.
Ngoepe led South Africa in hitting during the 2009 Baseball World Cup. Ngoepe was four for ten with a double and two runs scored.
- "S. Africa produces shortstop prospect" by Paul Meyer in the 11/1/08 edition of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
- World Baseball Classic