When you have flashy infield prospects like Nick Gonzales, Liover Peguero, Ji-Hwan Bae, and Termarr Johnson, it’s easy to overlook Jared Triolo. Since making his debut in 2019, he’s had a wRC+ of at least 110 and strikeout rate below 20% in each of his three seasons. This year was arguably his best season yet.
In just under 500 trips to the plate for Altoona, Triolo batted .282/.376/.415. While his power output decreased from 2021, Triolo had a big second half in which he had a .279 isolated slugging percentage. He had a remarkable 12.7% walk rate and a healthy 17.6% strikeout rate, both of which ranked top 10 among all Pirates farmhands.
Because of his great walk and strikeout numbers, Triolo had a BB:K ratio of 0.72. That outpaced Bradenton infielder Tsung-Che Chang who had a .66 BB:K ratio on the season. Both Chang and Triolo had almost identical seasons, but Triolo did it at Double-A.
Triolo will surely be part of Indy’s infield at the start of 2023. He’s the best defensive infielder the Pirates have to offer right now, and he’s expanded his capabilities, seeing more time at shortstop and center field. He’s fast enough to play both positions as he has swiped 24 bases this season. With 2023 being his age-25 campaign, I wouldn’t rule out Triolo breaking camp with the Pirates if he is healthy and performing well during Spring Training.