VIENNA, Va (WDVM) — James Triantos, a recent graduate of Madison High School, was drafted 56th overall by the Chicago Cubs in the MLB Draft on Monday.
“It was a great moment,” said Triantos. “It’s the first step to achieving my dream. So, I’m so excited, I can’t wait. It all happened so fast. Within a minute and a half of them making the pick, they called me, they told me they wanted to pick me, and I said yeah, 100 percent. I’m so excited. I’m ecstatic.”
Triantos just finished off one of the best high school baseball seasons in state history, hitting over .700 for the year, with eleven home runs, 27 RBIs, and 23 stolen bases. He also dominated on the mound, going 9-0 with 62 strikeouts in 47 innings pitched, while having a 1.18 ERA.
James helped lead the Warhawks to a Class 6 State Championship in June, nearly throwing a perfect game in the final, while scoring both runs. However, this moment, being drafted into the MLB, he will never forget.
“It’s hard to take in. Right off the bat, you are just like, wow, this is happening right now. I’m still trying to take it all in, realize what has happened. But, all I know is, I haven’t stopped smiling in the last three hours.”
The Madison graduate is already committed to play college baseball at North Carolina, but after being selected in the second round by the Cubs, James will forgo college and sign with Chicago.
Watch the full 1-on-1 interview with James Triantos below: