JARED TRIOLO, THIRD BASEMAN
|Born: February 8, 1998
Drafted: 2nd Supp. Round, 72nd Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: University of Houston
WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
|Triolo was the Pirates’ competitive balance round pick in the 2019 draft. He’s a solid all-around third baseman without any outstanding tool. He was the best hitter for Houston in 2019, with a 332/420/512 line, including more walks (31) than strikeouts (30). He improved steadily during his three years, with 271/360/372 and 344/434/457 lines as a freshman and sophomore, respectively. Triolo has a good swing but only average bat speed, and hasn’t been able to pull the ball enough to produce a lot of over-the-fence power. Scouts believe he has the potential for more power due to good strength. He has average speed. Sources are split on his defense, from average with an average arm to plus with an above-average arm. Baseball America rated Triolo 115th in the draft class and MLB Pipeline 146th. He signed for exactly the slot amount.
Triolo had probably the best debut of the Pirates’ 2019 college position player draftees, although that’s a low bar. His numbers were a bit better than they look; power is so depressed in the New York-Penn League that he finished tied for second in doubles and in the top 20 in slugging. Triolo hammered LHPs for a .908 OPS, but had only a .651 figure against RHPs. He started 17 games at short, in addition to being the team’s primary third baseman. He looked at least passable there, although he’s probably not a shortstop going forward.
It’d be nice if Triolo could move up to Bradenton, as Greensboro didn’t really have a third baseman, but he didn’t exactly dominate the NYPL. The canceling of the 2020 season could encourage the Pirates to move players up faster.