James Kaprielian
25-Year-Old PitcherRP
Oakland Athletics AAA
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 5/8/2019
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for James Kaprielian in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
Optioned to Triple-A
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
March 2, 2019
Kaprielian (shoulder) was optioned to Triple-A Las Vegas on Saturday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Kaprielian won't open the season on the big-league roster, though that was true before this transaction. He's unlikely to open the year anywhere but the injured list, as he's yet to resume throwing after being shut down with a lat strain in mid-February. The Athletics will probably be happy for him to throw any innings at any level this season, something he hasn't done since 2016.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Athletics Depth Chart
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring James Kaprielian
Minor League Barometer: Risers & Fallers
2 days ago
Jesse Siegel returns with a new list of young hotshots, including a potential future stud at the hot corner for the Cardinals.
Farm Futures: AL West: 125 Prospects You Need To Know
70 days ago
James Anderson wraps up his look at American League systems and thinks workload could be the only thing holding Forrest Whitley back in 2019.
Farm Futures: Ranking the Farm Systems
259 days ago
James Anderson unveils his second annual farm system rankings and is a little surprised at how high Vlad Guerrero Jr. and the Blue Jays have risen.
Minor League Barometer: That's a Wrap
September 5, 2017
Jesse Siegel takes us through his Minor League Barometer for the final time this season, highlighting some of the year's biggest risers and fallers.
Mound Musings: Trade Deadline Repercussions
August 3, 2017
Brad Johnson examines some of the more significant pitching trades, like A’s starter Sonny Gray, who goes to the New York in a move that could make the Yankees the AL East favorite.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2018
2017
2016
Concerns over Kaprielian's high-effort delivery have proven justified. He missed nearly the entire 2016 season with a flexor tendon strain and then underwent Tommy John surgery in April of 2017. In his limited professional action (29.1 innings), the right-hander has shown an enticing combination of strikeout ability (11.0 K/9) and control (2.1 BB/9) along with a heavy groundball skew (3.00 GO/AO). All four of his pitches (fastball, slider, curveball, changeup) have flashed plus potential, but there's always a chance the stuff will be diminished after reconstructive elbow surgery, and the injury concerns are going to follow him throughout his career. The A's took a chance on Kaprielian, acquiring him as part of the Sonny Gray return. Those in dynasty leagues can't be blamed for moving on.
A first-round pick in the 2015 draft, the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Kaprielian got off to a blistering start in 2016. Skipping Low-A altogether, he posted a 1.50 ERA and 22:3 K:BB in three contests for High-A Tampa. The positivity was short-lived, as he was placed on the disabled list at the end of April and never returned to the mound. Ultimately diagnosed with inflammation and a flexor tendon strain in his right elbow, the Bronx Bombers decided to be cautious with their prized young arm. Thankfully, it does not appear that he will need Tommy John surgery. Kaprielian returned to the mound and looked excellent in the Arizona Fall League. He has the potential for three pitches that grade out as plus or better, and his command has always been seen as a strength. The key will be for him to put to rest some of the questions about his durability. If he can avoid further arm injuries, he has the tools to establish himself as one of the top pitching prospects in the game.
Chosen as the Yankees' first-round pick in 2015, Kaprielian made three starts at the short-season level, working to a 2.00 ERA with 12 strikeouts in nine innings and a .229 batting average against. The righty has a four-pitch arsenal, leading with a fastball (sitting in the 89-92 mph range) and mixing in a slider, changeup, and curveball -- the latter two being his best pitches. He pitched to a career 2.04 ERA as the staff ace at UCLA, and at 22 years old entering the 2016 season, he has the potential to move up the organizational ranks relatively quickly. The majors will likely have to wait until 2017 at the very earliest, but he could progress to some of the higher levels of the minors this season.
More Fantasy News
Could be cleared soon
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
March 1, 2019
Kaprielian (shoulder) hopes to be cleared to start throwing next week, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Feels improvement in lat
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
February 20, 2019
Kaprielian (shoulder) said that he isn't having any issues with his injured lat as of Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Shut down for two weeks
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
February 13, 2019
Kaprielian was diagnosed with a lat strain Wednesday and will be shut down for two weeks, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Undergoing MRI
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
February 11, 2019
Kaprielian will undergo an MRI for a sore lat Monday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Continues to be stymied by injury
POakland Athletics  AAA
Shoulder
February 10, 2019
Kaprielian suffered a setback with his previously injured shoulder and will be behind the other pitchers to start spring training, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.