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Blue Jays Claim 1B Matt Hague From Pirates

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Alex Anthopoulos has struck again! Once again, he has gone the passive aggressive route to attaining talent. According to an official team tweet, the Toronto Blue Jays have claimed first baseman, Matt Hague, off waivers from the Pittsburgh Pirates:

 

If you’re like me, you will have said, “Who?” So, here you go. Matt Hague was drafted in 2008 by the Pirates. He’s amassed a whopping total of 74 MLB plate appearances in 2012 and 2 more in 2014.The bulk of his career has been spent at AAA Indianapolis of the International League:

 

Year Age Lev G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS TB
2011 25 AAA 141 594 534 70 165 37 3 12 75 4 3 47 68 .309 .372 .457 .829 244
2012 26 AAA 91 399 367 41 104 13 0 4 54 3 1 26 50 .283 .332 .351 .683 129
2013 27 AAA 142 622 536 67 153 37 2 8 69 4 3 71 96 .285 .378 .407 .785 218
2014 28 AAA 93 386 330 52 88 16 1 14 66 1 2 46 66 .267 .365 .448 .814 148
AAA (4 seasons) AAA 467 2001 1767 230 510 103 6 38 264 12 9 190 280 .289 .365 .418 .783 739
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 8/18/2014.

 

As you can see, he’s got some extra base pop. According to Fangraphs, Hague hits righties to the tune of .188 while hitting lefties at a .292 clip. It seems the Blue Jays search for someone, anyone who can hit left handed pitching continues.

 

The Blue Jays will send the 28 year old to Buffalo where he will bring a right handed bat to the first base position. Currently, the Bisons have Brett Wallace and Dan Johnson manning that position. Both are left handed batters.

 

One has to wonder if this is just pure roster filler. It would appear so.

 

 

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