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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  • Cubster 2 days 16 hours ago (view)

    Lefty Matz to Cardinals. 4/44. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 1 hour ago (view)

    With the CBA expiring on December 1st, MLB owners and the MLBPA have jointly agreed to move the contract tender date up from Thursday December 2nd to Tuesday November 30th (that's a week from today). 

    Then (presumably) the lock-out will start the next day (Wednesday). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 3 hours ago (view)

    Not that TJS is ever necessarily a good thing, but taking a year off from catching could give Miguel Amaya a chance to work on his hitting.

    His glove & arm were probably a year ahead of his bat coming into 2021, so once he gets going again hopefully he will be able to spend a significant part of his rehab working in the cages. 

    Also, although he won't be able to throw for a while, he should be able to work on his receiving during the summer, once he is cleared to resume non-throwing baseball activities.  


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    CUBSTER: Unless you consider Erick Castillo and Tyler Payne as legit contenders to be the Cubs back-up catcher in 2022, the Cubs have no catcher who is projected to eventually play in MLB anywhere near MLB ready.


  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    With Amaya's 2022 year as a catcher essentially an non-factor and Robinson Chirinos and Austin Romaine again free agents, It looks like any rumors of moving Willson Contreras will go quiet. At least Chirinos could hit (for a backup catcher). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    The Cubs have released LHP Chris Allen, 1B Shendrik Apostel, INF Matt Burch, INF Widimer Joaquin, RHP Garrett Kelly, RHP Marco Prieto,  RHP Jorge Remon, RHP Dawel Rodriguez, and OF Vance Vizcaino, so the off-season Cubs Minor League Domestic Reserve List is now at 169 (21 slots are open).  

    Six of the nine players who were released (Allen, Apostel, Joaquin, Kelly, Remon, and Vizcaino) were Rule 5 Draft-eligible, and all six had been left off the Iowa Reserve List when rosters were filed last Friday. 


  • Cubster 3 days 4 hours ago (view)

    sorry, posted in other thread.


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 5 hours ago (view)

    Also, Justin Steele gets a 4th minor league option in 2022 (must be used in 2022). 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    W-RAT: Of all the TJS rehab types, a catcher TJS rehab is probably most similar to a pitcher's because of the laser pinpoint rifle throws a catcher needs to make to 2nd base.

    So I would expect Amaya will be able to DH by mid-season (hitting shouldn't be a problem by then), and then (hopefully) be able to throw normally in games (as a catcher) at post-season Instructs and then maybe in the AFL, with 2023 Spring Training being when he should be 100%. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    TIM: Yes, except a position player only gets a maximum of 20 days on a minor league injury rehab assignment, so the 30 extra days allowed for a position player rehabbing from TJS would mean a maximum of 50 days, whereas it would be a maximum of 60 days for a pitcher (the original 30 days that pitchers get plus the additional 30 days in the form of three 10-day increments). And this also only applies to players on an MLB IL. 


  • Arizona Phil 3 days 6 hours ago (view)

    DSJ: Exactly. Even though he was just acquired in a trade, the Cubs still might opt to non-tender Ramirez on 12/2, that is, as long as he goes along with the plan. I doubt that the Cubs would non-tender him if he declines (in advance) to sign a 2022 minor league contract.  


  • crunch 3 days 8 hours ago (view)

    well...that's one hell of a forearm strain.


  • tim815 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    Arizona Phil. Would Amaya, as a catcher, be eligible for the TJS exemption?


  • crunch 3 days 10 hours ago (view)

    w.franco (rays) extend 11y/185m

    not bad for a guy with 1/10th of a season service time.


  • Wrigley Rat 3 days 11 hours ago (view)

    Miguel Amaya to have Tommy John surgery. Will likely miss most of next season. (I speculate that he could maybe DH a bit in the second half and throw towards August.)


  • Dolorous Jon Lester 3 days 15 hours ago (view)

    When you add in the arb-eligibility, that's gotta make Ramirez a real contender for Hermosillo's "non-tender poster boy" title