Pirates All 40: How Long Until Jared Triolo Gets Call?
This is the one in a series of stories looking at members of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ 40-man roster.
When you discuss underdogs or players that come out of nowhere, it’s Jared Triolo. Triolo was drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates 72nd overall in 2019 out of the University of Houston.
Since joining the Pirates in 2019, Triolo has seen a steady rise in numbers and has cemented himself as a solid defender at the third base.
Triolo has been so good defensively that he was honored with a minor league gold glove award for his work at third base, shortstop, and the outfield in 2021.
During his impressive run in ’21, Triolo amassed 897 innings at third base and recorded 81 putouts, 163 assists, turned 16 double plays, and recorded only ten errors.
On the offensive side of the ball, Triolo recorded a .304/.369/.480 slash line, 78 RBIs, 15 home runs, and a shocking 25 stolen bases during the ’21 campaign. The righty also recorded a fairly impressive wRC+ of 128 in 421 at-bats.
Another impressive facet of Triolo’s ’21 season was his home and away splits.
Greensboro (Pirates’ High-A club) is an extremely hitter-friendly park, but Triolo actually struggled more at home than he did on the road.
At home, Triolo batted .265/.341/.425 with an OPS of .766.
On the road, Triolo batted .339/.396/.529 with an OPS of .925.
One could then imagine what the 24-year-old could do when he made it to Double-A in 2022. At first, Triolo struggled with his OPS reading .725 in April and .613 in May.
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Once the months started to heat up, so did Triolo, with his OPS slowly rising each month. In June .759, July .833, and Aug 1.402.
At the end of the year, Triolo finished with a .282/.376/.419 slash line with an OPS of .795. The New Hampshire native also finished with 39 RBIs, nine home runs, and 24 stolen bases.
On the advanced stats side of things, Triolo finished with a wRC+ of 121 and a wOBA of .356. (15 points less than ’21)
When you look at those numbers alone, you may not see any progress, but some interesting stats may prove otherwise.
In ’21, Triolo struck out nearly 20% of the time at 19.9%. In ’22, Triolo cut his strikeout percentage to 17.6%. With the strikeout cut, Triolo also boosted his walk rate from 8.9% in ’21 to 12.7% in ’22.
Prior to the ’22 season, Triolo had just three at-bats as the leadoff hitter. In ’22, Triolo was used primarily as the leadoff hitter with 254 at-at-bats.
The versatile righty knew his role, executed it with an increase in walk rate, and used his “smart base running” to put his team in a position to score some runs.
With Triolo’s versatility in the field and an above-average bat, the clock begins to tick on when fans should expect to see him in a Pittsburgh Pirates uniform. More than likely, Triolo will begin in Triple-A, but like Jack Suwinski and Tucupita Marcano, there may come a need for Triolo sooner than we think.