Invited to camp a year ago as a non-roster player, James Kaprielian appeared in just two spring training games but left with the idea that he could make a major league impact the following regular season.
It started promising (2-1, 1.50 ERA in three starts with High-A Tampa) but an injury to the right elbow delayed the high-rising prospect.
Now, as a non-roster invitee for the second consecutive year, watch for Kaprielian to build off what was a healthy stint in the Arizona Fall League.
The results weren’t quite there (4.33 ERA in seven games), but his fastball sat in the 94-96 mph ranged and reached as high as 97 mph. For a pitcher coming off an injury that decimated a full season, that’s an encouraging sign.