PITTSBURGH, PA -- Adjusting to a bench role can be a tough transition for any young player. Matt Hague led the International League in games played (141) last season while with Triple-A. Having spent his professional career as an everyday player, the second time around in the Majors has helped Matt Hague adjust.
The first baseman donned the name 'the hit collector' after a monster spring training where he hit .400 with a team-leading seven home runs. Hague's impressive performance in Grapefruit League action earned him a spot on the 25-man roster out of camp.
But his stay the first time in Pittsburgh lasted just nine days. Hague went 1-for-9 with two RBI in five games before being optioned to Triple-A Indianapolis on April 14. While with Indy, the infielder hit for a .278/.325/.333 line in 144 at-bats before being recalled on May 25th.
"I think really just being more comfortable has helped," Hague said. "The first time I was here, I was just kind of getting used to it and see...