We will always have this, Carlos.
Carlos Triunfel hit his first Major League homerun with the Dodgers last season, and he broke on to the Top Ten Dodger Homeruns of 2014 countdown at number 10. Triunfel, who played in 12 games for the Dodgers in 2014, has signed with the San Francisco Giants.
The Giants can try to reminisce back to Carlos Triunfel’s positive start as a top prospect in Seattle’s minor league system. The Dodgers picked up Triunfel off waivers from the Mariners back in April. Triunfel was granted free agency on November 4th and signed with San Francisco two weeks later. Triunfel was pretty terrible with the Dodgers, and I doubt that the Giants can work any magic with him. Although they will try.
At 24-years old, Triunfel has played in 39 big league games between the Mariners and the Dodgers from 2012-2014. He has hit .160/.188/.235 with 1 homerun, 6Jun 17, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Dodgers shortstop Carlos Triunfel (45) celebrates scoring a home run with manager Don Mattingly during the seventh inning against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
RBI, 20 strikeouts and just 2 walks in 87 plate appearances.
Triunfel played mostly shortstop during his Major League appearances. Let’s just say he’s no Erisbel Arruebarrena at shortstop. He committed 2 errors during the 10 games he played at shortstop for the Dodgers in 2014. If we dig into his minor league stats, we can find that he has never been a sharp defender. 199 minor league errors over 8 seasons is why the infielder hasn’t ever really stuck at the Major League level for any length of time.
He’s still relatively young, and a minor league deal with the Giants gives Triunfel a new opportunity. The Giants shouldn’t get too excited and think that he is the “next Joaquin Arias.” Although that’s how it usually goes, right? Triunfel will soon be smashing homeruns into McCovey Cove and eating chowder by the bay with Tim Lincecum before the game. Triunfel will earn the nickname “Triumphant Triunfel” after surging on to the scene with incredible defensive plays and a string of lucky bloop singles.
Or not. Either way good luck to Carlos, and let’s hope he’s not turning double plays against the Dodgers in June.