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First Pitch: What To Do With Matt Hague

First Pitch: What To Do With Matt Hague

There have been two trends emerging this Spring with Matt Hague.

The first trend is that he can hit. Hague entered the day with a .429 average and two home runs so far this Spring. He's collected hits in five of his nine games, and four of the games where he didn't collect a hit, he saw two or fewer at-bats.

The second trend is that Hague can't play third base. This isn't news. The Pirates drafted him as a third baseman, but immediately moved him to first base during his first full season in Lynchburg. He started getting work again at the position during the fall instructional leagues, and carried that work over to the Spring.

Hague entered today's game in the sixth inning as the replacement at third base. The move came back to haunt the Pirates in the ninth inning. He threw to second base, trying to start a double play, but threw wide, causing the game to go on. The error eventually cost the team two runs, putting the tying run on second and the go ahead run on base.

Defensively, ...

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