The Pittsburgh Pirates have drafted college first basemen near the top of each of their last three drafts. In 2008 they selected Matt Hague in the ninth round. Hague was drafted as a third baseman, but moved to first partially because Pedro Alvarez had taken third base, but also due to a lack of range. The Pirates also took Calvin Anderson as a 12th round pick that year. In 2009 they drafted Aaron Baker in the 11th round. In 2010 they took Matt Curry in the 16th round.
Hague signed quickly after the 2008 draft, and got an aggressive push, playing for low-A Hickory in 2008, then spending the entire 2009 season in high-A with Lynchburg. He hit for a .293/.356/.412 line in that time, and moved on to Altoona in 2010. While with Altoona, Hague hit for a .295/.375/.442 line, which was enough to get him promoted to AAA for the start of the 2011 season.
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