In his fourth complete season at Triple-A, Matt Hague has officially moved to the veteran role. However, this season, Hague has seen some different success. He has been much improved in the power numbers.
Hague’s 12 home runs are tied with his best season at Triple-A. His minor league career high overall was the 15 that he hit in 2010 with Altoona in 581 at bats. So far in 2014, Hague has compiled only 272 at bats. He has also added 13 doubles and a triple this season, leading to an .832 OPS.
“I think that I am using my back side and my hips more,” Hague said. “I know in the past that I have been more handsy and letting my hands work. I have been holding my back side and letting my hands feel free. When I stay back, hit helps to do that.”
Along with the power numbers, Hague has also managed to keep his consistency overall at the dish. From May 11 to June 20, Hague reached base in 36-of-38 games.
“It is kind of the mindset of not wanting to give away any at bats,” Hague said...
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