Matt Hague

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Matt Hague
Matt Hague on June 12, 2012.jpg
Hague with the Pittsburgh Pirates
Toronto Blue Jays
First baseman / Third baseman
Born: (1985-08-20) August 20, 1985 (age 29)
Seattle, Washington
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 7, 2012 for the Pittsburgh Pirates
Career statistics
(through July 13, 2014)
Batting average .222
Home runs 0
Runs batted in 7
Teams

Matthew Donald Hague (born August 20, 1985) is an American professional baseball first baseman in the Toronto Blue Jays' organization. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at the University of Washington and Oklahoma State. He bats and throws right-handed.

Amateur career[edit]

Hague attended Kentwood High School in Covington, Washington. For his contributions to the high school baseball team, which finished second in the state of Washington, he was named to the Class 4A All-State First Team as a pitcher and Second Team as an outfielder.[1][2] Hague began his college baseball career at the University of Washington in 2005, where he played for the Washington Huskies baseball team for three seasons. He began his tenure with the Huskies as a backup third baseman and outfielder,[2] but he also pitched in relief. The Cleveland Indians drafted Hague in the 11th round (347th overall) of the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft, but he opted not to sign. He transferred to Oklahoma State for his senior season, where he played for the Oklahoma State Cowboys baseball team.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Pittsburgh Pirates[edit]

Hague was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the ninth round (264th overall) of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft as a third baseman. He began his professional career that season with the State College Spikes of the Class-A Short Season New York-Penn League,[4] before he was promoted to the Hickory Crawdads of the Class-A South Atlantic League. In 2009, Hague played for the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class-A Advanced Carolina League, where he began playing first base. That year, he finished third in the Carolina League with a .293 batting average.[5]

Hague was promoted to the Altoona Curve of the Double-A Eastern League in 2010, where he was named the team's Iron Man.[6] Hague batted .309 with 12 home runs and 75 runs batted in during the 2011 season with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians, leading the International League in hits and receiving midseason and postseason International League All-Star honors.[7] However, he did not receive a September call-up to Pittsburgh as the team already had a number of first basemen and outfielders.[8] He was added to the Pirates' 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft after the 2011 season.[7]

After impressing the Pirates with his power in 2012 spring training,[9] He made the Pirates' Opening Day roster and made his MLB debut on April 7.[10] He recorded his first MLB hit on April 8, a pinch hit RBI single off Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.[11]

Toronto Blue Jays[edit]

On August 18, 2014, Hague was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays and assigned to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[12] He was designated for assignment on September 2.[13]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Seattle Times: Sports: All-state baseball teams". The Seattle Times. July 10, 2004. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Diamond Dawgs Open Homestand Vs. St. Martin's: Huskies will play seven home games in nine days". Cstv.com. March 1, 2005. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Oklahoma State opens season with 6-1 win over Gonzaga". Newsok.com. February 22, 2008. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Spikes Have Crowd at Third Base". Centre Daily Times. June 17, 2008. p. 3. Retrieved February 4, 2012.  (subscription required)
  5. ^ "Lynchburg Hillcats Game Notes - OurSports Central - Independent and Minor League Sports News". OurSports Central. September 9, 2009. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  6. ^ Adamski, Chris (September 6, 2010). "Resop making big impression". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  7. ^ a b "Six minor leaguers join Pirates 40-man roster". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. November 19, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  8. ^ "Huntington: 'Hernandez, Hague won't receive callups'". MLB.com (Major League Baseball Advanced Media). September 5, 2011. Retrieved February 4, 2012. 
  9. ^ "Rookie Matt Hague making impact for power-needy Pirates". USA Today. April 1, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Hague makes MLB debut with Pirates | pirates.com: News". Mlb.mlb.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ "Hague comes through as Pirates take 2 of 3 from Phillies - Pittsburgh Tribune-Review". Pittsburghlive.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013. 
  12. ^ "Blue Jays claim Matt Hague off waivers from Pirates". Canadian Press. August 18, 2014. Retrieved August 18, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Blue Jays reinstate Morrow, select Norris; Lawrie on 60-day DL". TSN.ca. September 2, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2014. 

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