Jared went 16-7 in two seasons (2005-06) at Long Beach State University (Long Beach, California) where he was a teammate of Evan Longoria and Troy Tulowitzki. The Pirates’ fourth-round selection in the 2006 First-Year Player Draft, he was one of three Long Beach State players selected on the draft’s first day (Longoria in the first round by Tampa Bay and Andrew Carpenter by Philadelphia in the second round).
One of the Major Leagues’ most reliable relievers over the last six seasons (2012-17), Jared has posted a 2.85 earned run average over career 380 appearances. He helped anchor the Pittsburgh Pirates’ bullpen during their three-year postseason run from 2013-2015 and, since 2011 ranks 12th among all relievers in MLB with a ground ball rate of 61.4%. With the Milwaukee Brewers in 2017, Jared posted a 0.63 ERA in his last 19 appearances of the season (14.1IP, 1ER), including 13 scoreless appearances in September. He compiled one of the best seasons of his career with the Pirates in 2014, recording seven wins and a 1.96 ERA over 63 relief outings. In 2015, Jared made a career-high 76 appearances, which was for fifth among all National League pitchers.
Jared received the Chuck Tanner Award in both 2015 and 2016, presented annually by the Pittsburgh chapter of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America to the Pirates player most cooperative with the media. In 2016, he was the Pirates’ nominee for the prestigious Roberto Clemente Award for representing baseball on and off the field through extraordinary character, community involvement, philanthropy and positive contributions.