Winter Leagues: Matt Hague Drives In Three Runs

In the Dominican on Wednesday night, Matt Hague drove in three runs in his team’s 8-2 win. Hague finished the game 2-for-5 with a run scored. He is hitting .304 with seven RBI’s in 46 AB’s.

Kennelly reached base three times in his season debut
Kennelly reached base three times in his season debut

In Australia, Sam Kennelly made his season debut for the Perth Heat and had a strong game. He went 1-for-2 with two walks and handled all his plays at second base cleanly. Kennelly was signed as a shortstop and has played there in the ABL, but his team had a minor league veteran at SS last night named Joey Wong. He is eight years older than Kennelly, with five years of minor league experience, spending this past season at AA. Last year in the ABL, Kennelly saw time at second base, third base and shortstop for the Perth Heat.

In Venezuela, Jhonathan Ramos faced just one batter in the seventh inning and allowed a single that scored two inherited runners. He was replaced and his runner was left stranded.

In Mexico, Ali Solis went 1-for-4 with an RBI. He is hitting .333 with eight RBI’s in 17 games. Due to a back injury, he played only 29 games this regular season.

In the Veracruz League, Carlos Esqueda went 1-for-4 on Thursday. He is hitting just .158 in 12 games, though he has drawn 12 walks.

The weather has been so bad in Puerto Rico, that games have been postponed on five of the season’s six days so far. The league only has five teams, so one team is always off each day to begin with.

The Colombian League starts play tomorrow.  Harold Ramirez and Tito Polo are the only Pirates players announced so far, but more could be added.

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Sam Kennelly had a good night out. He batted six, the hit was off a 135kmh pitch to right and pushed the lead runner from 1st to 3rd, groundout to 3rd and the two walks were all about patience coming off full counts. Fielding was solid given the game was played in light rain throughout. Also he was nice enough to talk about his aims for the season after the game. It was all about gaining experience, maximising the at bats and getting himself prepared for next spring. Nice lad.


Do you think Harold Ramirez will get significant time in Columbia? He is young and played low level ball but I’d assume the competition in that league is lesser than the Dominican.


John sorry think I posted this on another article thread but just hoping you could shed light on why Polanco hasn’t been in lineup for Escogido last 2 games?


Thanks a lot buddy, greatly appreciate it. Obviously hope if it is injury it is a very minor one. Love your updates.

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Hague is not on the 40 man roster.

Do the Pirates till control him or is he
currently a free agent?

Will he be back on the 40 man roster?
(I would doubt it.)

I would think some other team might
have an interest. He can hit. (at least
we know he can at AAA)

I would think the only way that he
returns to the 40 man roster (if he
is still playing at Indy next year)
would be if there was a long term
injury to Alvarez.

Am I correct about any of these statements?


Is there any future for Matt Hague as a Bucco? Utility player or pinch hitter or will his lack of power negate a call up?


I was interested in seeing if Hague could be a platoon partner for Pedro and a quick read on the players page on P2 shot that idea down. He has been playing 1st pretty much exclusively and when he did play 3rd he didn’t handle it very well.
I would like to see Hague get a shot in the ML but if he does it will be with somebody else.
John says he will have a hitting clinic in Indy in a month or so. Maybe he has realized that his future may be in coaching.
I would just hate it if another team picked him up and he went on to a successful career playing first for them while the Bucs are looking all over baseball trying to find one and there he is under their very noses.


Thanks John. You’re always quick with the response.

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