By Jason Shetler
According to the Arizona Wildcats’ Twitter account, outfielder Jared Oliva has signed with the Pirates. Jim Callis of MLB Pipeline tweeted out that the signing bonus for Oliva is $200,000.
The Pirates drafted Oliva out of the University of Arizona as a seventh round selection. After a poor sophomore year in which he batted .240, with a .691 OPS, Oliva put up very impressive numbers in his junior season this year, hitting .321, along with an OPS of .883. Defensively, he is considered very athletic, and can cover plenty of ground in center field. Baseball America rated Oliva as the 140th best prospect entering this year’s draft, making him essentially a fifth round pick.