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Top Canaan Smith-Njigba News

  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Battling for roster spot

    Smith-Njigba has gone 7-for-27 (.259) with two home runs and four walks during Grapefruit League action.

    Smith-Njigba has shown off his power of late, as he homered for the second time in his last three games Friday against the Rays. He cleared the wall an additional time earlier in spring training but due to a baserunning blunder, he was only credited with a single. Regardless of his exact stats, Smith-Njigba has been impressive this spring as he seeks to earn a roster spot as a reserve outfielder ahead of the likes of Cal Mitchell and Travis Swaggerty.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Cleared for full activities

    The Pirates announced Wednesday that Smith-Njigba (wrist) has been cleared for full baseball activities, Justice delos Santos of reports.

    Smith-Njigba looks like he'll be ready to go for spring training despite missing the final three and a half months of the 2022 season with a fractured right wrist. The 23-year-old suffered the injury after appearing in just three games for the Pirates following his call-up from Triple-A Indianapolis. The missed time denied Smith-Njigba to stake his claim to a regular role for the Bucs entering 2023, so he'll most likely be optioned to Indianapolis next spring.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Unlikely to return this season

    Smith-Njigba (wrist) is unlikely to return in 2022, Alex Stumpf of reports.

    Smith-Njigba sustained a fractured right wrist in mid-June and has been on the injured list since then. While he's expected to undergo imaging sometime over the next week, he's unlikely to have enough time to ramp up prior to the end of the regular season. However, the Pirates hope that he could return for Instructional League play in the fall.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Out with broken wrist

    Smith-Njigba was placed on the 60-day injured list Friday with a fractured right wrist, Justice delos Santos of reports.

    The 22-year-old was promoted for his major-league debut earlier this week but will head to the injured list after playing in only three games. Smith-Njigba won't be eligible to be activated until mid-August.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Scores first run

    Smith-Njigba went 0-for-2 with a walk and a run scored Wednesday against the Cardinals.

    Smith-Njigba was in the lineup for the second consecutive game, batting seventh and starting in left field. He walked to open the second inning and came around to score on a throwing error by Jack Flaherty. Smith-Njigba is the latest prospect to join the Pittsburgh outfield, and he figures to rotate with Jack Suwinski and Cal Mitchell in the corner spots. He has reached base twice through his first seven plate appearances.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Call-up official

    The Pirates recalled Smith-Njigba from Triple-A Indianapolis on Monday.

    As anticipated, Smith-Njigba receives his first call-up to the big leagues after slashing .277/.387/.408 with 19 extra-base hits and an 8-for-11 success rate on stolen-base attempts in 218 plate appearances at Indianapolis. The Pirates optioned Travis Swaggerty to Triple-A to clear a spot on the active roster for Smith-Njigba, who could serve as the team's fourth outfielder while he's up with the big club.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: En route to big leagues

    The Pirates plan to recall Smith-Njigba from Triple-A Indianapolis ahead of Monday's game in St. Louis, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.

    Utility man Hoy Park is also set to join the 26-man active roster, though it's unclear who will be deactivated to clear room for the new arrivals. Unless the Pirates are moving one of Bryan Reynolds, Cal Mitchell or Jack Suwinski off the active roster, an everyday role in the outfield may not be available for Smith-Njigba, who lefty-hitting 23-year-old who has hit .277 with 19 extra-base hits (but only one home run) to go with eight stolen bases and a 15.2 percent walk rate across his 218 plate appearances with Indianapolis this season.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Sent to Triple-A

    Smith-Njigba was optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on Sunday.

    Smith-Njigba has been with the Pirates in big-league camp after being added to the 40-man roster in November, but he won't make the Opening Day roster. The 22-year-old finished 2021 at Triple-A Indianapolis but spent most of the year with Double-A Altoona, where he hit .269/.395/.402 with six homers, 40 RBI and 13 stolen bases in 66 games.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Contract selected by Pirates

    Smith-Njigba's contract was selected by the Pirates on Friday.

    Smith-Njigba was promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis late in the 2021 season and will now join the 40-man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft. He made 73 appearances between the Double-A and Triple-A clubs last year and hit .254 with six home runs, 42 RBI, 36 runs and 13 stolen bases.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Promoted to Triple-A

    Smith-Njigba will be promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis to close out the season, Jarrod Prugar of DK Pittsburgh Sports reports.

    Smith missed nearly a month with a thigh injury but returned to game action Sept. 10. Across five appearances since then, he went just 1-for-13 with four runs and five walks, but he'll be rewarded with a late-season promotion.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Out with thigh injury

    Smith-Njigba was placed on the 7-day injured list at Double-A Altoona on Wednesday with a right thigh injury, Jake Crouse of reports.

    Smith-Njigba was reinstated from the injured list Aug. 5 after missing time with an undisclosed injury, and he'll return to the shelf due to the thigh injury without actually appearing in a game. It's unclear how long the 22-year-old, who has an .821 OPS with 13 stolen bases in 61 games this season for Altoona, will be sidelined.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith-Njigba: Back from IL

    Double-A Altoona reinstated Smith-Njigba (undisclosed) from the 7-day injured list Thursday, Jake Crouse of reports.

    Smith-Njigba was sidelined for about a week and a half with the injury. The 22-year-old outfielder, who was part of the prospect haul the Pirates acquired in January in the trade that sent Jameson Taillon to the Yankees, is hitting .282 with six home runs and a 13-for-14 success rate on stolen-base attempts over 248 plate appearances this season at Double-A.

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  • Pirates' Canaan Smith: Sent to Pittsburgh for Taillon

    Smith, Miguel Yajure, Roansy Contreras and Maikol Escotto were traded from the Yankees to the Pirates in exchange for Jameson Taillon (elbow) on Sunday, Jeff Passan of reports.

    Smith didn't play during the shortened season in 2020 and will now continue his career with the Pirates. The 21-year-old spent 2019 at Low-A and posted a .307/.405/.465 slash line with 11 homers, 32 doubles and 74 RBI in 124 games.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-0, 240 lbs
Birthplace: Dallas, TX
Age: 23
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: L, R