Pittsburgh Pirates: Young Bucs Shine and Other Takeaways From Sweeping the Padres

Have the Pirates started to get back on track? It's possible after picking up a huge series sweep of the San Diego Padres.

Jun 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Nick Gonzales (39) and
Jun 29, 2023; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA; Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Nick Gonzales (39) and / Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
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Jared Triolo impresses in first MLB action

Prior to game two of the series on Wednesday, third baseman Ke'Bryan Hayes was placed on the 10-day injured list. With Hayes on the shelf, the Pirates promoted one of their most underrated prospects - third baseman Jared Triolo.

Triolo is an elite defender at third base. He was won multiple minor league Gold Glove Awards and is also an above-average hitter. However, he has been blocked at third base by Hayes which has led to Triolo playing other positions around the diamond.

With Hayes on the IL Triolo was given an opportunity in the majors and it's an opportunity he has run with through his first two MLB games. Triolo went 3-for-6 in the series, he was hit by a pitch and he scored a pair of runs.

Triolo also showed why he is touted as an elite defensive prospect with multiple high-end plays at third base. This included Tirolo making challenge plays to record the final out of both games he played in.

For now, Triolo will be at third base every day until Hayes returns from the IL. When Hayes returns, the Pirates need to find a way to keep Triolo around. Triolo brings a lot to the table and can be a very good player for the Bucs.