New York Yankees: James Kaprielian has unique inspiration driving him to the bigs
Feb 14, 2017; Tampa, FL, USA; New York Yankees pitcher James Kaprielian (89) works out as pitchers and catchers report for spring training at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The New York Yankees have optioned outfielder Mason Williams to Triple-A and right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian to minor league camp.

The New York Yankees have made two roster moves on Thursday by optioning 25-year-old Mason Williams to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre and 23-year-old right-handed pitcher James Kaprielian to minor league camp.

Kaprielian made his spring debut on Wednesday against the Toronto Blue Jays and didn’t allow a run over two innings of work while striking out three with a fastball that sat in the 95-96 mph range.


While one of the Yankees’ top pitching prospects won’t crack the big leagues to begin camp, thanks to the surplus of question marks behind Masahiro Tanaka, don’t be surprised to see the most major league ready hurler on the farm to make his debut as soon as 2017.

Williams, who was taken in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB June Amateur Draft, missed the first two weeks of camp with lingering patella tendonitis in his left knee. He saw just three at-bats this spring and went 1-for-3 with two RBI’s.

Over 20 major league games over the last two seasons, Williams owns a .292/.320/.438 slash line with one home run and an OPS of .758. He’s a .275 hitter over 548 minor league games and hasn’t made a single error in 123 innings in the majors.