Triantos Goes Deep and Cubs Pitchers Fan 16 Angels at Riverview

Cubs 2021 2nd round draft pick James Triantos doubled and scored in the bottom of the first inning and belted a solo HR in the bottom of the eighth, Yeison Santana singled, walked, stole a base, and scored a run, Reggie Preciado drilled an RBI single, stole a base, and scored a run, Matt Mervis laced an RBI triple and scored a run, and five pitchers combined to toss a three-hitter with 16 strikeouts, as the Cubs defeated the Angels 5-2 in AZ Instructional League game action Friday afternoon on Field #1 at the Riverview Baseball Complex in Mesa, AZ. 

Here is the abridged box score from the game (Cubs players only): 

1. James Triantos Jr, 2B: 2-4 (2B, F-7, 6-3, HR, 2 R, RBI)
2. Christian Franklin, LF: 1-3 (BB, F-9, 1B, E-6) 
3. Kevin Alcantara, CF: 0-3 (1-6 FC, BB, K, K, R, SB) 
4. Reggie Preciado, DH #1: 1-4 (1B, P-6, 6-3, F-8, R, RBI, SB)
5, Christian Olivo, SS: 1-4 (L-6, 6-4-3 DP, L-6, 2B) 
6. Yeison Santana, 3B: 1-3 (1B, BB, K, K, R, SB) 
7. Luis Verdugo, DH #2: 1-3 (1B, F-8, 6-3, RBI)
8. Matt Mervis, 1B: 1-3 (K, 3B, F-7, R, RBI)
9. Pablo Aliendo, C-DH: 0-2 (K, F-7 SF, L-9, RBI)
10. Brayan Altuve, RF: 0-1 (BB, BB, K) 
11. Moises Ballesteros, DH-C: 1-2 (1B, 3-1) 

1. Michael McAvene: 2.0 IP, 1 H. 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1/1 GO/AO, 39 pitches (25 strikes)
2. Daniel Palencia: 2.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 5 K, 0/1 GO/AO, 30 pitches (20 strikes)
3. Luke Little: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 1 BB, 4 K, 1 WP, 0/2 GO/AO, 43 pitches (28 strikes)
4. Dauris Valdez: 1.0 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 BB, 2 K, 1/0 GO/AO, 10 pitches (7 strikes)
5. Luis Angel Rodriguez: 2.0 IP, 1 H, 2 R (1 ER), 1 BB, 1 K, 1 HBP, 1 HR, 1 WP, 4/1 GO/AO, 32 pitches (19 strikes)

1. P Luis Angel Rodriguez: E-1 (errant pick-off attempt at 2nd base allowed runner to advance to 3rd)
2. SS Christian Olivo: E-6 (throwing errror allowed batter to reach base safely) 

Pablo Aliendo: 0-1 CS 


WEATHER: Mostly cloudy with temperatures in the 90's 


"Just because it isn't official doesn't mean it didn't happen" 



Did you get a chance to see Triantos in the field make any plays?

I'm just curious what his defensive projection might be?

I've read 3B is his spot. Thoughts?

Childersb3: Triantos was a SS in HS but I have seen him play only 3B and 2B, and he looks like a natural at third. He plays with energy, he has quick reflexes, and he's a smart player with good baseball instincts, good defensive mechanics, and a strong arm. 

I suspect the main reason the Cubs have been playing him at 2B is because there is very little shifting done in the minors (especially in the low minors), and playing 2B gives Triantos a chance to see the game from the right-side of the infield, like he would have to do if he plays 3B and is shifted into short-RF (as sometimes happens with third-basemen in the big leagues).

The Cubs do the same thing with other minor leaguers who project as third-basemen. 

Honestly never thought of that situation in prospect development.


I saw Triantos play a couple of times in the ACL and he was incredibly impressive. The ball screams off his bat. He runs the bases like a major league veteran.

Sharma and Mooney in the Athletic list 4 Cub GM candidates. Abbreviated to the intro info per person from a longer article.

1) Carlos Rodriguez, Rays vice president of player development and international scouting, works with an innovative team that constantly defies expectations and frustrates its big-market rivals in the American League East. 

2) Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.

3) James Harris, Cleveland vice president of player development, oversees a traditionally strong farm system (especially on the pitching side)...

4) Jeremy Zoll, Twins assistant general manager, focuses on minor-league operations and initiatives for an organization that always relies on homegrown talent.

Come on down James Harris, easily my favorite candidate here 

Take anyone fron the Rays that they can grab.

*grabs jose martinez*

no, wait...

Grabs Matt Garza ..... what the??

at least the cubs won the fred mcgriff trade with the rays.  he was fun for the 1.33 years he was with the cubs.

they got manny aybar, who went to AAA and was released at year end + jason smith, who put up a negative WAR in part time service over a couple years.

Ah man the Crime Dog. I still remember my old man fretting about Fred waiving his no trade clause to come to Chicago.

Grabs Joe Maddon...try not to suck.

*laughs in los angeles angels $180,000,000 payroll*

The ultimate testament to spending all team money solely on the big league club is a bad idea

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  • crunch 3 hours 42 min ago (view)

    minor league baseball has to provide housing for minor leaguers starting 2022 (paid for by MLB parent clubs).  this is HUGE news and will make it possible for guys to stick around longer without having to quit the game just to earn a basic living.  for minor league players working in expensive housing markets this is a life saver.

    activist players from the OAK and LAA minor league teams as well as minor league player labor advocacy organizations were a huge part of making this happen.  good work.


  • bradsbeard 7 hours 24 min ago (view)

    Did you have any occasion to observe Pedro Ramirez? Not sure if he got into any games or not (now that I think of it, you wrote up at least one game he played in). 


  • Arizona Phil 12 hours 38 min ago (view)

    azbobbop: Certainly LHSPs Drew Gray and Luke Little have emerged as legit significant high-end SP prospects. RHSP Luis Devers has probably displaced Koen Moreno as the top "pitchability" SP prospect in the lower levels of the Cubs system. Tyler Schlaffer (another "pitchability" guy) also had an impressive Instructs, although Devers is a better SP prospect because he has a solid three-pitch mix and knows how to use it, while Schlaffer has just the 92-94 FB & CV (although both are solid offerngs) and isn't as polished as Devers is.


  • Hagsag 18 hours 48 min ago (view)

    This is the first time I have heard about the four month program in November. 


  • azbobbop 1 day 1 hour ago (view)

    Phil, now that instructional scare finished, which players impressed you the most and who are disappointments.


  • tim815 1 day 5 hours ago (view)

    Cool. Should help his trade value if the bat plays.


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Peter Matt looks very comfortable at 3B. He is a classic "four-corner" guy (1B-3B-LF-RF). 


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    KKvG: I strongly suspect Koen Moreno's outing was more about getting out on the mound and throwing in a game than anything. He did get several swings & misses from his CH (which is a plus-pitch), and he uses his low 90's FB to set-up the CH.

    I didn't see any breaking balls, although it's possible I might have mistaken a CH for one.

    Koen Moreno is what scouts call a "pitchability" guy. Nothing wrong with that, BTW. MLB starting rotations are full of pitchers like that.  


  • Arizona Phil 1 day 7 hours ago (view)

    Childersb3: Not much bat speed. Just "lug-power." I actually like Matt Mervis better. 


  • Hagsag 1 day 9 hours ago (view)

    Thanks wrigley rat.


  • Wrigley Rat 1 day 11 hours ago (view)

    HAGSAG - Not Phil, but I think this info was from him in the past:

    RHP/OF (signed as a two-way player - seems to be sticking with hitting for now), R/R, 5'11 180, Age 18, SPAIN


  • Childersb3 1 day 14 hours ago (view)


    Does Bryce Ball have any real bat speed, or is he just a big guy that waves at the ball and makes contact 1of5 times?


  • Hagsag 1 day 19 hours ago (view)

    Phil, tell me about Frank Fernandez.


  • tim815 2 days 2 hours ago (view)

    If Matt is "not horrible" at third, that could be useful.


  • crunch 3 days 2 hours ago (view)

    bonds got a standing-O after being introduced between innings at LAD @ SF.

    as he sat down, dude looked extremely genuinely happy to hear the park errupt in cheers for him again.

    it's not his first time back, nor his first set of cheers, but the park is packed and loud.


  • Cubster 4 days 1 hour ago (view)

    Jed's GM search wrapping up, and the winner is: (Athletic write up): 37 yr old "Carter Hawkins, Cleveland assistant general manager, deals with all aspects of baseball operations in a front office admired for its stability, creativity in turning over the roster and ability to keep churning out pitchers.