Injuries and off-field issues have impacted the Pirates depth which has severely weakened the Pirates bench.
The team has decided the shuffle the deck a bit in order to add some offense.
Biertempfel reports that Ngoepe has been optioned back to AAA Indianapolis while Hanson has been put on waivers.
The move with Ngoepe isn’t a surprise due to his inability to consistently hit major league pitching. It was too difficult for the team to continue to justify keeping a roster spot for essentially a late-inning defensive replacement.
In 27 games and 63 plate appearances, Ngoepe was hitting .222 but struck out in 41 percent of his at-bats.
There’s no doubt the move with Hanson has to be considered a huge disappointment. A couple of years ago, the 24-year old infielder was considered one of the team’s top prospects and rated by Baseball America as one of the Top 100 prospects in Major League Baseball.
In his defense, Hanson never received consistent major league at-bats where he’s batted just .205 the last two years.
Hanson could return to the organization if no team puts in a waiver claim on him. If a team does that, he’d need to immediately be placed on that team’s major league 25 man roster.
No official announcement from the team as to who will replace these players although Max Moroff‘s name is being thrown around.
In 42 games at Indianapolis, Moroff is hitting .269 with a team high 13 home runs and 36 RBIs.