BRADENTON, Fla. -- He's been told that he doesn't have enough home run power to play first base in the Majors, but so far this spring, Matt Hague has been hitting balls over the fences.

The 26-year-old, who is in his first big league spring training camp, went 2-for-4 against the Tampa Bay Rays on Friday, taking lefty Matt Moore deep for a two-run shot in his third at-bat. The homer tied the game at 3, giving him five long balls during Grapefruit League action this spring -- the team lead. Hague also is second on the club in RBI with 12, trailing only Garrett Jones (14).

"The moment I try and do too much, that’s when I find myself in trouble," Hague said. "I’m really just trying to have my focus as narrow as I can. Just getting a good pitch, and letting my hands work. Whenever I try ...

To continue reading the rest of this article, subscribe to Pirates Prospects. Subscribers get access to every article on the site, along with all of our exclusive live coverage of the Pirates' minor league system, all for a very low monthly or yearly rate.

If you're already a member, you can log in below. If you think you're receiving this message in error, please e-mail tim@piratesprospects.com.