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First Pitch: Why Matt Hague Should Start in Triple-A

First Pitch: Why Matt Hague Should Start in Triple-A

From the looks of things, the battle for the final two bench spots will come down to three players: Yamaico Navarro, Josh Harrison, and Matt Hague. If I'm making the decision, Navarro and Harrison get the call.

First of all, Navarro and Harrison are better off the bench, considering the makeup of the current team. Both can play second, short, and third. Harrison has also played some corner outfield in the past. Hague can only play first and third, and his third base is far behind the level of Harrison and Navarro.

That means he's primarily a first baseman, and considering the roster has Garrett Jones and Casey McGehee platooning at first base, there probably wouldn't be much of an opportunity for Hague.

Then you've got the contingency plans for the major league spots. If the platoon of Jones and McGehee fails, Hague is the primary backup plan. If something happens with Clint Barmes, the Pirates could go with Navarro or Harrison. If those players aren't fresh, the Pirates could go to...

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