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2017 West Virginia Black BearsSeason Roster
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Gift Ngoepe played for the 2017 West Virginia Black Bears
LeagueNew York-Penn LeagueDivisionPinckneyLevelA-CategoryMinor Leagues
NicknameBlack Bears
LocationMorgantown,West Virginia
Record40-35 (3rd in New York-Penn League Pinckney)
BallparkMonongalia County Ballpark,
ManagerBrian Esposito
CoachesTom Filer (Pitching Coach), Joel Hanrahan (Assistant Pitching Coach), Jonathan Prieto (Hitting Coach)
PlayoffsNo playoff information
Attendance75,064 (Rank: 9th)
MLB Parent OrgPittsburgh PiratesAffiliate History
Years Available2015-2018

Team History -- 2017 Statistics -- 2017 Roster VR -- Organizational Roster -- Transactions -- About Minor League Data

The players below represent ALL players who played at least 1 game for the 2017 West Virginia Black Bears.
Age displayed is as of June 30th for the 2017 baseball season.

2017 West Virginia Black Bears Roster

TopPREV   NEXT Visual Roster Major Leaguers Active Players Drafted Players 1st Round Draft Picks
UnifPlayer NamePosHt Wt B-T BornDate Age Place HiLvlStat YearsMLB YearsHigh SchoolCollege(s)Draft InformationStatusCurrent Org (Level)
23Jose Barraza1B6-1 220 L-R 1994-07-28 22Fresno,California A2012-2017-Sunnyside (Fresno,CA)
2012- 7- 231-CHA
Free Agent  
37Brandon BingelP-IF5-10 175 R-R 1995-02-02 22Peabody,Massachusetts A-2014-2018-St. John's Prep (Danvers,MA)Bryant U.
2016-22- 675-PIT
Free Agent  
16Garrett BrownCF5-11 185 L-R 1994-03-16 23Asheville,North Carolina A+2012-2018-Erwin (Asheville,NC)Western Carolina U.
2016-23- 705-PIT
Free Agent  
18Dylan Busby3B6-3 190 R-R 1995-11-28 21Sarasota,Florida A2015-2018-Sarasota (Sarasota,FL)Florida St
2017- 3-  88-PIT
DL-7Pittsburgh Pirates (A)
44Joel CesarP5-11 191 R-R 1996-01-26 21Altamira,Dom Rep A2017-2018-  
2015-   UDFA-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A-)
70Sergio CubileteP6-4 185 R-R 1995-03-19 22Azua,Dom Rep A2016-2018-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
10Julio De La Cruz3B6-1 190 R-R 1995-10-05 21Yamasa,Dom Rep A-2013-2017-  
2012-   UDFA-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A-)
0Michael De La CruzCF6-1 165 L-L 1996-07-10 20Santo Domingo,Dom Rep A-2013-2018-  
2012-   UDFA-PIT
Free Agent  
31Jason DelayC6-0 190 R-R 1995-03-07 22Sugar Land,Texas A+2014-2018-Northview (Duluth,GA)Vanderbilt U.
2017- 4- 118-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
3Matt DiorioRF6-1 201 L-R 1995-07-24 21Staten Island,New York A-2014-2017-Moore Catholic (Staten Island,NY)Central Florida
2016-16- 495-PIT
Free Agent  
66Nicholas EconomosP6-6 215 R-R 1995-06-27 22Worcester,Massachusetts A2015-2018-Worcester Academy (Worcester,MA)Mercer County CC, Harford CC
2015-21- 637-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
32Julio EusebioP6-2 190 R-R 1992-06-02 25New York,New York A+2014-2018-     Free Agent  
19Yoandy FernandezP6-1 163 R-R 1988-03-29 29- A-2015-2017-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A-)
51Huascar FuentesI6-2 195 R-R 1992-06-02 25Santo Domingo,Dom Rep A-2014-2017-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (Rk)
29Hector GarciaP6-0 170 L-L 1995-10-04 21San Francisco de Macoris,Dom Rep A2013-2017-  
2013-   UDFA-PIT
MinorsChicago Cubs (Rk)
7Robbie GlendinningSS6-2 196 R-R 1995-10-06 21Perth,Australia A2017-2018-   Missouri, North Iowa Area CC
2017-21- 628-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
48Yoel GonzalezC6-1 180 R-R 1996-08-01 20San Cristobal,Dom Rep A2013-2018-  
2012-   UDFA-PIT
Free Agent  
2Tristan Gray2B6-3 170 L-R 1996-03-22 21Missouri City,Texas A+2015-2018-Elkins (Missouri City,TX)Rice U.
2017-13- 388-PIT
MinorsTampa Bay Rays (AA)
12Raul HernandezC6-0 182 R-R 1995-12-20 21Maturin,Venezuela A+2015-2018-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
22Scooter HightowerP6-6 215 R-R 1993-10-15 23Clarksville,Tennessee AA2013-2018-Clarksville (Clarksville,TN)Columbia St CC
2015-15- 457-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (AA)
48Connor Joe1B6-0 205 R-R 1992-08-16 24San Diego,California AAA2012-2018-Poway (Poway,CA)San Diego
2014- 1-  39-PIT
MinorsLos Angeles Dodgers (AAA)
41Mitch KellerP6-3 195 R-R 1996-04-04 21Cedar Rapids,Iowa AAA2014-2018-Xavier (Cedar Rapids,IA)
2014- 2-  64-PIT
ActivePittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
54Shane kempP6-3 180 R-R 1994-07-12 22Waterloo,Iowa A+2013-2017-Columbus Catholic (Waterloo,IA)George Washington U., Kirkwood CC
2015-26- 787-PIT
Free Agent  
0Nick King3B6-0 191 R-R 1993-11-12 23Palm Springs,California A2013-2018-Palm Springs (Palm Springs,CA)Georgia, Riverside CC   Free Agent  
39Kevin Kramer2B6-0 195 L-R 1993-10-03 23Turlock,California MLB2012-20182018-2018Turlock (Turlock,CA)UCLA
2015- 2-  62-PIT
ActivePittsburgh Pirates (MLB)
17Bligh MadrisRF6-2 200 L-R 1996-02-28 21Las Vegas,Nevada A+2015-2018-Foothill (Henderson,NV)Colorado Mesa U.
2017- 9- 268-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
39Pasquale MazzoccoliP6-4 180 R-R 1992-03-28 25Katy,Texas A2015-2018-Katy (Katy,TX)Texas St, Clarendon Col, Blinn Col
Free Agent  
52Austin MeadowsO6-2 195 L-L 1995-05-03 22Atlanta,Georgia MLB2013-20182018-2018Grayson (Loganville,GA)
2013- 1-   9-PIT
ActiveTampa Bay Rays (MLB)
31Stephan MeyerP6-4 190 R-R 1994-05-11 23Tucson,Arizona A2014-2017-Ironwood Ridge (Tucson,AZ)Bellevue U.
2015-18- 547-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
17Ryan NagleO6-2 205 L-R 1994-08-07 22Streator,Illinois A2013-2017-Streator Township (Streator,IL)Illinois
2015-27- 817-PIT
Free Agent  
29Gift NgoepeSS5-10 165 B-R 1990-01-18 27Pietersburg,South Africa MLB2009-20182017-2018  
2008-   UDFA-PIT
Free Agent  
43Jared OlivaCF6-2 181 R-R 1995-11-27 21Saugus,California A+2015-2018-Valencia (Santa Clarita,CA)Arizona
2017- 7- 208-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
38Adam OllerP-C6-2 205 R-R 1994-10-17 22Conroe,Texas A+2014-2018-Concordia Lutheran (Spring,TX)Northwestern St
2016-20- 615-PIT
Free Agent  
0Hunter Owen3B6-0 175 R-R 1993-09-22 23Evansville,Indiana A+2014-2018-Mater Dei (Evansville,IN)Indiana St
2016-25- 765-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
3Brett PopeSS6-0 175 L-R 1996-05-28 21Statesville,North Carolina A+2015-2018-West Iredell (Statesville,NC)Western Carolina U.
2017-22- 658-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
18Andrew PotterP6-0 208 R-R 1994-02-09 23Lancaster,California A2012-2017-Eastside (Lancaster,CA)
2012-31- 963-ARI
Free Agent  
25Hector QuinonesP6-3 227 R-R 1994-06-07 23Barceloneta,Puerto Rico A-2017-2017-   Midway Col
2017-32- 958-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A-)
27Sandy SantosLF6-3 185 R-R 1994-04-20 23La Vega,Dom Rep A2013-2017-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A-)
28Ike SchlabachP6-5 185 R-L 1996-12-27 20Columbus,Ohio A2015-2018-Timber Creek (Fort Worth,TX)
2015-19- 577-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
30Jonathan SchwindO6-0 180 R-R 1990-05-30 27Hilton,New York AAA2009-2017-HIlton (Hilton,NY)Marist Col
Free Agent  
51Matt SeelingerP6-0 205 R-R 1995-04-19 22Levittown,New York A2016-2018-W Tresper Clarke (Westbury,NY)SUNY-Farmingdale
2017-28- 838-PIT
Tampa Bay Rays (A)
16Chris SharpeLF6-1 188 R-R 1996-06-06 21Burlington,Massachusetts A2016-2018-Bridgton Academy (Bridgton,ME)Massachusetts-Lowell
2017-14- 418-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
55Raul Siri2B5-9 175 R-R 1994-10-21 22- A+2014-2018-     MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
57Deon StaffordC6-0 202 R-R 1996-03-17 21Marysville,Pennsylvania A2015-2018-Lower Dauphin (Hummelstown,PA)Saint Joseph's U.
2017- 5- 148-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
46Michael SuchyRF6-3 221 R-R 1993-04-15 24Bradenton,Florida AA2012-2018-Southeast (Bradenton,FL)Florida Gulf Coast U.
2014- 5- 161-PIT
Free Agent  
58Beau SulserP6-1 175 R-R 1994-05-05 23Santa Ysabel,California A2013-2018-Ramona (Ramona,CA)Dartmouth Col
2017-10- 298-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A)
59Lucas Tancas1B6-3 220 R-R 1993-11-12 23Mission Viejo,California A+2016-2018-Capistrano Valley (Mission Viejo,CA)Long Beach St, Irvine Valley Col
2017-26- 778-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
32Brandon WaddellP6-2 160 L-L 1994-06-03 23Houston,Texas AAA2013-2018-Clear Lake (Houston,TX)Virginia
2015- 5- 157-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (AAA)
13Andrew Walker3B6-1 169 R-R 1994-02-13 23Dayton,Texas A2016-2017-   Southwestern Christian Col   Free Agent  
36Gavin WallaceP6-5 210 R-R 1995-11-14 21Madison,New Jersey A+2015-2018-Madison (Madison,NJ)Fairfield U.
2017-15- 448-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (A+)
34Blake WeimanP6-4 185 R-L 1995-11-05 21Wheat Ridge,Colorado AA2015-2018-Columbine (Littleton,CO)Kansas
2017- 8- 238-PIT
MinorsPittsburgh Pirates (AA)
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