November 2 - James Triantos, a University of North Carolina commit and the first freshman named a first-team All-Met selection by The Washington Post, is transferring from St. John’s (D.C.) to Madison.
The transfer of the high-profile player was confirmed by his father, Jim. The family, which resides in McLean, is in the process of purchasing a home within the school district and Triantos will enroll for the spring semester.
Triantos had a dominant rookie campaign as the Cadets went 30-3 and won Washington Catholic Athletic Conference and District of Columbia State Athletic Association championships under coach Mark Gibbs. He hit .495 with a .576 on-base percentage, 49 hits - including 22 that went for extra bases - along with 12 steals and 39 RBI. On the mound, he was 6-0 with a 0.44 ERA and 41 strikeouts to eight walks in 32 innings.
At Madison, he’ll join a talented core that includes three Division I recruits in senior right-handers Michael Schultz (College of Charleston) and Ryan Murphy (James Madison), and junior outfielder Colin Tuft (Virginia). The Warhawks also have three seniors who will be playing at the Division III level in righty Mason Satterfield (Washington & Lee), catcher Chris Polymeropoulos (Roanoke) and outfielder Fitz Halloran (Lynchburg). Incoming freshman Bryce Eldridge, a 6-foot-6 right-hander and left-handed swinging first baseman, is considered one of the state’s top players in his class, and junior middle infielder Miguel Echazarreta is also drawing Division I interest.
Madison will have perhaps the state’s deepest rotation of power arms. According to Perfect Game, Triantos (90), Schultz (89) and Eldridge (88) have reached or approached the 90 MPH mark, while Murphy (85) and Satterfield (84) also boast good fastballs. The Warhawks went 16-6 last year and are 428-141 in 24 seasons under coach Mark ‘Pudge’ Gjormand, who led the program to state titles in 2002 and 2015.
Triantos is one of five players who are leaving St. John’s, which has annually fielded one of the top teams in the metro area and Mid-Atlantic Region. The players departing also include Jack O’Connor, a 6-foot-4, 215-pound sophomore right-hander and first baseman committed to Virginia, and three juniors: James Wood, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound outfielder and left-hander committed to Mississippi State; left-hander and outfielder Jake Feffer and utility man Nick Frazier, who are also considered potential Division I recruits.
O’Connor and Feffer have or intend to transfer to Bishop O’Connell, while Wood and Frazier are currently searching for a new school to attend for the spring semester.
The reason for the exodus is due to the players not agreeing to pay to play exclusively during the offseason with one of Gibbs’ two travel programs, the D.C. Cadets or Diamond Skills. Gibbs and the school’s athletic director, Brian Griffin, confirmed as much in emails that were provided to the magazine.
In his email on May 28, Gibbs stated that, “Before deciding to come to SJC, I was very specific about what the commitment was going to be. This is not a ‘pick and choose’ type situation. The SJC baseball program and D.C. Cadets program (which includes the summer player development and Diamond Skills) are all linked together.”
Griffin, in an email on Aug. 15, wrote: “Coach Gibbs makes it clear to all potential players what the expectations are for the summer off-season training activities before attending St. John’s. You decided not to have [player’s name withheld] do what was required in that regard.”
Gibbs confirmed the players were departing but declined comment regarding the circumstances. Gjormand also declined comment, citing the fact that Triantos is not yet currently enrolled at Madison.
Photo of James Triantos courtesy of St. John’s Baseball
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