According to GM Brian Cashman it’s possible that RHP James Kaprielian will only pitch in simulated games this spring before starting the season with Class-A Tampa.
James Kaprielian could pitch only in simulated games this spring, Brian Cashman said. Expected to start season with Class-A Tampa.
— Bryan Hoch (@BryanHoch) March 1, 2017
It’s a bit of a bummer, seeing as how Kaprielian made just about everyone’s top 100 prospects list. It would have been nice to see him in some real game action this spring. But this is probably the smart move. He’s coming off an injury that sidelined him for the majority of last season, and so if pitching simulated games is what it takes to get him back into full pitching shape, then so be it. I’d rather the team be cautious with him then throw him into a game he’s not ready for.
With Kap starting the season in High A ball, a September call-up seems like the most likely scenario in which we see him pitching any games in the bigs this year, which isn’t so bad considering the kid just got drafted back in 2015. I mean, he’s still only 23 years old. There’s no sense in rushing him.
That said, I’ll definitely be keeping a close eye on him in the minors this season, possibly even in the form of a frequently updated prospect watch? I’m considering taking a couple players like Kap and Gleyber Torres and tracking their performance on a regular basis, as a daily or weekly post sort of thing. Maybe even in the sidebar if I can somehow figure that out. We’ll see.