Traditionally, Major League Baseball players come from two places: The United States and Canada and Latin America. Lately, Asia has joined the ranks in as far as supplying Major League Baseball with talent. Other than that, places like Africa and Europe have done little to produce professional baseball talent. That doesn't mean teams won't look for the diamond in the rough in those areas.
The Pirates are no exceptions. Recently, the Pirates have signed two players from India, Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, and a player from South Africa, Gift Ngeope. Negope and Singh are still in the minor league system and both have an outside shot of one day being big leaguers. In addition to those signings, the Pirates had two intriguing pitchers on their GCL squad this year, both from Eastern Europe. Dovydas Neverauskas hails from Lithuania while Alex Lukashevich is a native of Belarus.