Comments on: Winter Leagues 11/16: Two Hit Day for Hague Your best source for news on the Pittsburgh Pirates and their minor league system. Thu, 13 Nov 2014 05:27:00 +0000 hourly 1 By: Ian Rothermund Thu, 17 Nov 2011 14:24:00 +0000 Should we consider Hague as an option off the bench?  It seems as though there were several guys that were exiled to the minors so far this off-season.  There will need to be players to replace them, and maybe it would be a good idea to go with a guy that has shown to produce at the AAA level rather than languishing at the major league level.  I suppose the only reservations that I would have with Hague is, we’re deep in the outfield, still eying a starter free agent starter at 1st, we still have G.I. Jones, and he only seems to have relatively limited experience outside of first base.  What it boils down to with me is, even though we’re talking about another corner fielder in the system that only has gap power, he has a .302 career average in the minors.  I see this as the kind of player that needs to see MLB playing time to show other prospects that don’t have the pedigree of some of our top upside guys in the minors that they have a chance.  They have to know that they have the ability to earn their way onto the team via good production over a number of seasons, otherwise why waste their time?  A lot of these guys would probably make more money as private baseball instructors based on their pro experience.