Toronto waited until the Triple-A season was over to make the move, but International League MVP Matt Hague has been called up to the Blue Jays.
It’s more a reward for a great season than a move made to help the big-league team, because Hague is a 30-year-old veteran of eight seasons and nearly 1,000 games in the minors. He’s gotten a grand total of 77 career plate appearances in the majors, 74 of which came with the Pirates in 2012.
Hague had a great year at Triple-A, hitting .338 with 11 homers, nearly as many walks (61) as strikeouts (65), and an .885 OPS in 136 games. He led the International League in batting average, on-base percentage, and OPS among hitters with at least 300 plate appearances.
Unfortunately for Hague he’s a first baseman/third baseman and the Blue Jays are set there with Josh Donaldson, Edwin Encarnacion, Chris Colabello, and Justin Smoak. He figures to get some pinch-hitting opportunities and maybe an occasional start.