MESA, Ariz.– James Triantos concerned the Arizona Fall League with a credibility for advanced bat-to-ball abilities. They’ve been evident given that his days as a Virginia high schooler, when he drew comparisons to Alex Bregman and David Wright and made an above-slot $2.1 million benefit as a second-round pick in 2021.
The Cubs’ No. 9 prospect struck.285 with an 11 percent strikeout rate this summertime as one of the youngest regulars (age 20) in High-A. So it wasn’t actually a surprise that he concerned the AFL, a developmental circuit that constantly favors hitters, and finished second in the batting race at.417.
Nevertheless, Triantos displayed greater strength, much better discipline at the plate, and more assertiveness on the bases throughout his time with the Mesa Solar Sox compared to his previous experiences in his early professional career. He attained the most triples (five) in the Fall League, ranking 2nd in slugging portion (.679 ), OPS (1.144 ), hits (35 ), and total bases (57 ), and securing 3rd location in on-base percentage (.495 ).
Triantos’ exceptional efficiency resulted in him being acknowledged as the Offensive Gamer of the Year in the AFL. He is the 4th recipient of this honor because its beginning in 2021. The award was previously shared by Marlins outfielder J.J. Bleday and Cardinals initially baseman Juan Yepez in the inaugural year, and then by Rockies outfielder Zac Veen in the previous season.
Triantos stated his Fall League experience was whatever he hoped it would be.
“I expected experiencing strong competition, which’s precisely what I have actually encountered given that my arrival,” he said. “It’s been a satisfying experience, to state the least. Being surrounded by varied people from different teams has made my time here exceptionally interesting. I have actually had nothing but favorable interactions given that I got here.”