Pittsburgh Pirates: Five Locks to Come off the 40-Man Roster

PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Left fielder Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images)
PHOENIX, ARIZONA - JULY 21: Left fielder Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates catches a fly ball hit by Josh Rojas #10 of the Arizona Diamondbacks during the first inning of the MLB game at Chase Field on July 21, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Ralph Freso/Getty Images) /
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NEW YORK, NY – JULY 9: Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 9, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – JULY 9: Jared Oliva #14 of the Pittsburgh Pirates at bat during the fifth inning against the New York Mets at Citi Field on July 9, 2021 in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images) /

Outfielder Jared Oliva

25-year-old outfielder Jared Oliva made his MLB debut with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2020. The right-handed hitting outfielder went 3-for-16 with no walks, no extra base hits and 6 strikeouts in his 16 PAs in the Majors in September of 2020.

Oliva had risen to being a top-10 prospect in the Pirate farm system. Although, this rise did come as a bit of a surprise. While Oliva does a lot of things well, outside of his speed there is nothing he seems to be great at.

For most of the 2021 season Oliva was with the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians. In 43 PAs across 20 games played in the Majors, Olvia hit for a .175/.233/.225 slash line to go with a wRC+ of 20 and just a pair of doubles.

Throughout the 2021 season the Pirates were in need of outfield help, especially right-handed hitting outfield help. Despite this, Oliva was never given any sort of extended look at the Major League level. This most likely indicates that Pirate brass are not high on Oliva.

If Pirate brass is not high on Oliva this will spell his end with the organization. Look for that end to come this offseason.

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