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Nobody upped their dynasty stock more in the Arizona Fall League than James Triantos. We already knew he was one of the best contact hitters in the minors (14.1 career K%), but he really struggled to hit for power, especially for a bat-first prospect. He was one of the youngest players in the AFL and ranked second in slugging (.679) while hitting three home runs in 22 games. The 6-foot-1 utilityman only hit four home runs in 83 regular season games primarily played at High-A, where he registered a .105 ISO, so this relative power breakout in the AFL is much needed. The AFL is a hitter-friendly environment, but Triantos only needs to be in the 10-20 homer range to potentially provide significant offensive value. He has a career .284 average and .350 OBP and hit .417 with a .495 OBP in the AFL. There's a chance he could be a leadoff or No. 2 hitter if he maxes out. Triantos, who turned 21 in January, went 25-for-30 on stolen-base attempts last year, but he isn't very fast, so don't expect more than 10-15 steals in a big-league season. Now that he seems to be accessing adequate power, the biggest flaw in his game is defense. His subpar defense at second base and left field will slow his climb to the majors.

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  • Cubs' James Triantos: Back in action at High-A

    Triantos (knee) is slashing .364/.417/.568 with two home runs, two stolen bases, seven RBI and nine runs in 11 games since being reinstated from High-A South Bend's 7-day injured list May 9. Triantos spent the first month of the season on the shelf while recovering from the surgery he underwent in March to address a torn meniscus in his right knee, but the 20-year-old has hit the ground running upon reporting to South Bend. After playing primarily at third base in 2022, Triantos has made the move to the keystone in 2023, as nine of his 11 starts to date have come at second base. His other two starts have come as a designated hitter.
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  • Cubs' James Triantos: Undergoes knee surgery

    Triantos underwent surgery Tuesday to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. The procedure is expected to keep him on the shelf for 6-to-8 weeks. Triantos, 20, is coming off a 2022 season at Low-A Myrtle Beach which saw him bat .272/.335/.386 with seven homers and 20 steals over 113 games.
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  • Cubs' James Triantos: Having quiet 2022 campaign

    Triantos is hitting .257/.34/.368 with five home runs and 11 steals through 90 games for Single-A Myrtle Beach. He was hitting over .300 as recently as early June, but Triantos has been ice cold for quite a while now. Since uncharacteristically homering in three straight games to open the month of July, Triantos has gone just 17-for-97 (.175) with zero home runs in 24 games. The bright side is that he's still making plenty of contact -- his 17 percent strikeout rate is a positive -- but Triantos simply hasn't hit the ball very hard this year.
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  • Cubs' James Triantos: Hitting for average but not power

    Triantos is batting .301/.374/.387 with one homer, nine steals and an 18:30 BB:K across 42 games for Single-A Myrtle Beach. After he hit six homers in 25 games in rookie ball last year, Triantos was certainly expected to show much more power than this, but at least he's still getting his hits and using his wheels. He hasn't been caught stealing a single time yet this season after going only 3-for-6 last year. Triantos' hit tool looks good, but it's unlikely steals will be a big part of his game in the majors, so he'll need to start putting the ball over the fence a little more often to avoid falling into a utility profile.
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  • Cubs' James Triantos: Two hits in spring debut

    Triantos went 2-for-2 with an RBI in Thursday's Cactus League game against the Angels. Triantos, the 56th overall pick in the 2021 Draft last July, looked good in his first action of the spring. The 19-year-old is still presumably a few years away from his MLB debut, but he's someone to keep an eye on if his bat plays well as he move through the minors. He was considered an above-average hitting prospect coming out of Madison High School in Vienna, Virginia.
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