The Pittsburgh Pirates have invited Matt Hague, Carlos Paulino, Jameson Taillon, and Zack Thornton to Spring Training, per a team press release. We heard last week that Taillon received an invite, but this is the first we've heard about the other three.
Hague has been invited to Spring Training in each of the last two seasons. His most notable Spring was in 2012, when he showed off some impressive power. He made the team out of camp that year, but only spent a short amount of time on the Major League roster before returning to Triple-A. The power from that Spring never returned, but Hague does do well against left-handers, and could be an option as an injury replacement for Gaby Sanchez in the first base platoon. He has also played some third base, and could be an option there, although his defense at the position isn't as strong as it is at first base. Hague doesn't project to make the team out of camp.
Paulino is one of the best defensive catchers in the system, with the best a...
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