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Kentwood’s Hague named to All-Star team | BASEBALLJuly 5th, 2011 at Tue, 5th, 2011 at 6:49 pm by Erick Walker
Matt Hague’s push for a spot on the major league roster of the Pittsburgh Pirates continued its torrid pace last week, when the former Kentwood High star was named to the International League All-Star team. Hague, a 2004 graduate who was drafted out of Oklahoma State University in 2008, is currently playing for the Indianapolis Indians, Pittsburgh’s Triple-A affiliate. During the month of June, the first baseman hit .385 with five home runs and a .625 slugging percentage. For the season, Hague, who also has played some third base, is hitting .329 with eight home runs, 46 RBIs and 40 runs scored in 313 at-bats. In addition, Hague also has struck out just 34 times compared to 28 walks.
What would it cost the Mariners to bring Hague to town? Hague isn’t one of Pittsburgh’s elite prospects, and he plays third base, too. In fact, he was drafted as a third baseman and has played a handful of games this year with the Indians. Sure, there’s a big gap between Triple-A and the Majors, but it’s worth considering. Especially when the Mariners are rolling out any warm body with a glove to play third base this summer.