Friday, March 4, 2016


Everyone loves James Kaprielian.

Quick note and a great piece from Newsday's Erik Boland today about the young Yankee hurler we call "Stud".  Kap is impressing people:

"'A stud,' one opposing team talent evaluator said. 'That [a call-up in 2016] wouldn’t surprise me at all.'

Kaprielian, in his spring training debut Friday against the Tigers at Joker Marchant Stadium, showed flashes of why so much hype has accompanied him.

The 6-4, 200-pound righthander, who turned 22 on Wednesday, threw two perfect innings, striking out two. His most impressive inning was his first. He struck out Jose Iglesias swinging after falling behind 2-and-0 and fanned Ian Kinsler swinging after falling behind 3-and-1.

Kaprielian, who featured a fastball sitting at 94 to 96 mph, according to scouts in the stands, admitted to being 'anxious' on his way to the mound to start the fifth inning and experiencing “some jitters” as he took the ball.

After the two quick balls to Iglesias, that feeling apparently subsided..."

I would love to see this guy play in the Bigs this year, and yes, it's wishful thinking, because the Yankees don't typically do that. But the reality is, he's got a fast track and it would be refreshing to see.

Anyway, be sure to read Boland's full article.  It's very well done and gives all Yankee fans alot of hope about the youth movement in Yankeeland.

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