Hague hoping to make an impression at camp

First baseman Matt Hague has hit at every level on his way up through the Pirates' minor league system and is trying to carve out a spot on the Bucs' roster in spring training.

Hague is soaking in the the big league camp experience and is noticing the difference while competing for a roster spot.

"Just consistency everywhere," Hague stated. "The game speeds up a little faster here and the pitchers have a little more movement and are more consistent around the zone, but the big thing is I think just a lot older temmates that you are playing against and just the experience level."

Hague, one of the Pirates' top hitting prospects at the upper levels of the minors, has gotten time at third base in the early stages of spring training. The team sees him as a bench type in the future, so it wants to expand his versatility.

"Anytime you can play multiple positions it gives you a better chance to get in the lineup and hit and I like to hit. Really the more versatility the better for me," Hague said.

Hague has climbed the ladder one step at time and hit at every level. Last season in AAA he hit .309 with an OPB of .372 with 12 home runs and 75 RBI. He hopes to build on that.

"I think I had a very good June last season and I think I need consistency," Hague offered. "I think I'm streaky and I've typically been a slow starter, so I'm just trying to get as much work down here in spring training and get ready for the season and stay consistent."

Hague is locked in numbers game in trying to gain a roster spot, but senses he is getting close to his goal of playing in the major leagues.

"I think it's great opportunity for me to try and impress people and show them what I've got," Hague explained. "It's a stepping stone, big league camp is a great opportunity for me and I'm excited to be here."

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