Jared Cole Oliva (pronounced Olive-ah)...Is a 2013 graduate of Valencia High School in Santa Clarita, CA, where he earned two varsity letters...Was a high school teammate of Milwaukee infielder Keston Hiura...Hit .321 (78-for-243) with 25 doubles, four home runs and 54 RBI in 59 games as a redshirt junior at the University of Arizona in 2017...Has a degree in marketing from Arizona’s Eller College of Management...Started all 59 games in 2017 for the Wildcats while being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-West Region First-Team...Was teammates with Pirates infielder Kevin Newman and Philadelphia’s Scott Kingery while playing at Arizona...His father, David, played professionally in the Red Sox organization from 1982-86...His uncle, Steve, played in the Atlanta Braves organization from 1974-78...His brother, Nicholas, played defensive end at New Mexico State University.
Was listed by Baseball America as the “Best Defensive Outfielder” in the Pirates system prior to the season...Began season at the alternate training site in Altoona...Was a member of the Taxi Squad for the trip to Cincinnati from 8/13-16...Was selected to Major League roster on 9/21...Made Major League debut on 9/21 vs. Chicago (NL) and struck out as a pinch hitter...Made first big league start in left field on 9/22 vs. Chicago-NL (went 0-for-3)...Made first career start in center field on 9/23 vs. Chicago (NL)...Started four straight games from 9/22-25 (three in LF and one in CF)...Went 2-for-4 and singled off Chicago’s Alec Mills for first career hit on 9/24.
Spent entire season with Double-A Altoona, where he was named the team MVP...Entered season rated by Baseball America as the "Best Defensive Outfielder" in Pittsburgh's minor league system...Was also ranked by MLBPipeline as Pittsburgh's 12th-best prospect and 19th by Baseball America...Was selected to the Eastern League's postseason All-Star team...Ranked second in the Eastern League in stolen bases, tied for fourth in triples and runs scored, fifth in hits, sixth in batting, eighth in on-base percentage and OPS and tied for ninth in total bases (178)...Finished tied for the organizational lead in stolen bases along with Randy Romero of the Dominican Summer League Pirates (his 36 stolen bases were also the fourth-most in a single-season in Curve history)... Tied a Curve record with a 1.000 fielding percentage in 114 games in the outfield...Led all Double-A outfielders in putouts (287)...His 114 games and 291 total chances were the most in all of minor league baseball among outfielders with zero errors... Made Double-A debut as the leadoff batter and center fielder on 4/4 at Akron...Walked in his only plate appearance on 4/4 before being removed from the game after an outfield collision with Bralin Jackson in the first inning...Was placed on the seven-day injured list on 4/5 with a concussion...Missed nine games before being activated on 4/15...Singled and doubled in his first two at bats of his home debut on 4/15 vs. Harrisburg in his first game back from the injured list...Hit a leadoff homer on 5/3 at Richmond for his first Double-A bomb...Was batting .188 over his first 40 games before hitting .320 (97-for-303) in 82 games from 6/3 thru the end of the season, leading the Eastern League by 23 points; led the Eastern League in batting (.320), OBP (.387) and hits (97) during the period... Had a career-high five RBI on 7/13 at Erie...Tied a Curve singlegame record with a pair of triples on 7/17...Was successful in 17 straight stolen base attempts from 6/9 to 7/20...Hit .415 (17-for-41) with six multi-hit games during a career-high 10- game hitting streak from 7/13-22...Did not have more than two hitless games in a row until an 0-for-20 stretch over five games from 8/28 to 9/1...Recorded his team-leading 39th multi-hit game in the final game of the season on 9/2...Played for the Peoria Javelinas in the Arizona Fall League, where he was named to the Rising Stars team...Ranked first in the Arizona Fall League in doubles (11), extra base hits (13) and stolen bases (11)...Also ranked second in hits (29), tied for third in total bases (44), fifth in on-base percentage (.413), seventh in OPS (.886) and eighth in batting (.312) and slugging (.473)... Was ranked by MLBPipeline as Pittsburgh's 11th-best prospect at the conclusion of the season.
Spent entire 2018 campaign with Bradenton, where he ranked first in the Florida State League in runs scored, second in stolen bases and 10th in batting average...Hit first professional home run on 5/4/18... Reached base safely in 20 straight games during the 208 season from 7/5 to 8/1...Ranked third among all Pittsburgh minor leaguers in stolen bases in 2018...Was named an organizational All-Star by MiLB.com following the 2018 campaign...Was signed by Pirates scout Derrick Van Dusen.
Began his professional career with the West Virginia Black Bears in 2017 after being selected by the Pirates in the seventh round of the First-Year Player Draft... Recorded a New York-Penn League-leading 1.000 fielding percentage in 2017...Also ranked first in the New York-Penn League in sacrifice hits in 2017.