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 


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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?

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In reply to by Childersb3

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. 

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.

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In reply to by Dolorous Jon Lester

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.

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