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Matthew Donald Hague

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Infielder Matt Hague reached the majors with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2012.

Hague hit .500 and had a 0.47 ERA as a high school senior in 2004, winning All-State honors just as he had done as a junior. As a senior, he broke the South Puget South League record with 31 RBI.

As a freshman at the University of Washington, Hague hit .419/.455/.710 and was 1-2 with a 6.52 ERA. He was named honorable mention on the All-Pacific-10 Conference team and was named a second-team Freshman All-American outfielder by Baseball America. Had he qualified, he would have led the Pac-10 in average, beating out Jacoby Ellsbury. Hague lost Freshman of the Year honors in the Pac-10 to Darwin Barney. He spent the summer with the Aloha Knights.

In 2006, he batted .381/.447/.544 with 53 runs in 60 games. He was third in the Pac-10 in average, led in sacrifice flies (7), was 5th in hits (86), 7th in runs (53) and 9th in OBP. He made first-team All-Pac-10 as an outfielder and Collegiate Baseball named him as a third-team All-American. Hague had surgery and sat out summer ball.

Hague produced at a .353/.446/.606 rate in 2007. He had 51 runs and 49 RBI in 56 games. The Cleveland Indians took him in the 11th round of the 2007 amateur draft. Hague did not sign. In the Cape Cod League that summer, he hit .299/.396/.429 for the Falmouth Commodores. He was 10th in the circuit in average and tied for second with 3 triples.

He transferred to Oklahoma State University and hit .360/.442/.592 with 57 RBI in 62 games. He was a second-team All-Big 12 Conference pick at third base and was 8th in the conference in average. The Pittsburgh Pirates chose Matt in the 9th round of the 2008 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Matt Bimeal and made his pro debut that summer.

Hague made his pro debut with the State College Spikes, hitting .333/.400/.444 in 7 games. That earned him a quick promotion to the Hickory Crawdads, for whom he batted .321/.384/.470; defense was the lone problem, as he fielded .891 at third base. Had he qualified, he would have been 4th in the South Atlantic League in average.

Hague moved up to the 2009 Lynchburg Hillcats but was moved to first base to make room for top prospect Pedro Alvarez. He hit .293/.356/.412 with eight home runs and 50 RBI that year. In 2010, he played for the Altoona Curve, hitting .295/.375/.442 with 15 home runs and 86 RBI in 135 games. He played for the Indianapolis Indians in 2011, hitting .309/.372/.457 with 12 home runs and 75 RBI in 141 games.

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