|Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 72|
August 20, 1985 |
Seattle, Washington, USA
|Bats: Right||Throws: Right|
|April 7, 2012 for the Pittsburgh Pirates|
(through 2012 season)
|Runs batted in||7|
Matthew "Matt" Hague (born August 20, 1985) is a professional baseball first baseman in the Pittsburgh Pirates 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.
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. 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, 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.
Hague was drafted by the 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, 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.
Hague was promoted to the Altoona Curve of the Double-A Eastern League in 2010, where he was named the team's Iron Man. 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. However, he did not receive a September call-up to Pittsburgh as the team already had a number of first basemen and outfielders. He was added to the Pirates' 40 man roster to protect him from the Rule 5 draft after the 2011 season.
After impressing the Pirates with his power in 2012 spring training, He made the Pirates' Opening Day roster and made his MLB debut on April 7. He recorded his first MLB hit on April 8, a pinch hit RBI single off of Philadelphia Phillies pitcher Kyle Kendrick.
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