The New York Yankees selected James Kaprielian in the first round of the 2015 First-Year-Player Draft with the 16th overall pick. A solid college pitcher, could fit into the middle-to-back of the rotation and was the #9 right-handed pitcher in the draft according to MLB.com.
He is a four-pitch pitcher with a fastball that sits between 89-92 miles per hour, a curveball, slider and changeup. MLB says he could be the first starter from this year’s draft to make it to the major leagues. He has drawn comparisons to Ian Kennedy who moved quickly through the farm system.
In three seasons with the Bruins he is 17-10 with a 2.06 ERA in 66 games, 31 starts. This past season he was 10-4 with a 2.02 ERA in 17 games, 16 starts, throwing 106.2 innings and striking out 114 batters. He could find himself starting his professional career with the Staten Island Yankees.