For the third time this season, James Kaprielian is back with the Oakland A’s.
James Kaprielian has been the Oakland A’s ‘Break in case of emergency’ plan. He has now been with the A’s three times this season, his latest callup necessitated due to J.B. Wendelken‘s mysterious placement on the Injured List.
Kaprielian has made just one appearance during his stints, allowing one run on a hit and a walk over two innings, striking out one batter. It may not have been the most scintillating of debuts, but he did show the potential to be a useful arm.
It is possible that he gets a further chance to show what he can do over the next few days. The A’s have four games left in three days, and may be looking to rest their primary relievers. Kaprielian could get another opportunity to show that he is a part of the A’s future.
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Even if he does get another opportunity, it may not be for long. Kaprielian has battled injuries throughout his minor league career, missing the entire 2017 and 2018 seasons due to Tommy John surgery and different setbacks. Despite being drafted in 2015, he has just 99.1 professional innings under his belt.
However, Kaprielian had impressed during that brief time. He has posted a 2.96 ERA and a 1.027 WHiP, striking out 111 batters with just 23 walks in 97.1 minor league innings. While he is not overpowering, his solid command and four pitch arsenal make him an intriguing prospect.
But that injury history, and his limited professional experience, make Kaprielian a risk as well. He had been considered a pitcher on the fast track to the majors before his injuries, He may still find the success he seemed destined for, but that may take longer than expected.
James Kaprielian is back in the majors. And maybe this time, he will get another opportunity to pitch.