James Douglas Kaprielian…graduated from Beckham HS (Calif.) in 2012 and was 33-3 with a 0.96 ERA and 250 strikeouts in three season…threw two no-hitters as a senior in 2012 en route to being selected to the USA Today and Louisville Slugger All-America First Teams…was also named the Pacific Coast League Athlete of the Year…attended UCLA where he was 17-10 with a 2.06 ERA in 66 games, including 31 starts, over three seasons (2013-15)…finished his career fifth all-time at UCLA in career ERA and sixth in career strikeouts (275)…led the Pac-12 in strikeouts and was an All-Pac-12 First Team selection as both a sophomore and junior (2014-15)…as a junior, earned Collegiate Baseball All-America Second Team and Perfect Game All-America Third Team honors…was a 2013 Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball Freshman All-American.
Made his Major League debut and had two relief appearances over five stints with Oakland… compiled a 7.36 ERA and .267 opponents batting average…allowed two home runs in 3.2 innings, walked two and struck out four…was recalled for the first time Aug. 4 but did not pitch before he was optioned back to the A’s alternate site on Aug. 6…joined the club a second time Aug. 16 and made his ML debut that day at San Francisco (2.0 ip, 1 h, 1 r, 1 er, 1 bb, 1 so)…relieved Fiers to start the seventh inning with the A’s leading 13-2 and allowed a home run to the first batter he faced (Crawford)…walked the next batter (Dubon) before retiring each of the final six batters he faced…struck out Solano to end the seventh inning for his first strikeout…was optioned on Aug. 19…was recalled as the 29th man for doubleheaders on Sept. 8 and Sept. 14 but did not pitch… recalled for his fifth stint on Sept. 24 and made one appearance in the second game of the Sept. 26 doubleheader against Seattle (1.2 ip, 3 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 3 so)…inherited a bases loaded situation in the third inning with the A’s trailing 4-1 and allowed all three runs to score…was on the Taxi Squad for the postseason…was rated as the A’s number 10 prospect by Baseball America following the season.
After pitching in just eight games in his first four years as a professional, he completed his comeback from elbow problems that eventually led to 2017 "Tommy John" surgery by going 4-3 with a 3.18 ERA in 19 games, including 16 starts, with Single-A Stockton, Double-A Midland and Triple-A Las Vegas…struck out 75 batters in 68.0 innings, an average of 9.92 per nine innings…walked just 16 (2.12 per nine innings) for a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 4.69…allowed a .231 opponents batting average, which broke down to .196 (21-for-107) against left-handed hitters compared to .257 (38-for-148) against right-handers…seven of the eight home runs he allowed were solo shots…yielded a .226 average with runners in scoring position…walked just three batters to lead off an inning…tossed five innings or fewer in each of his 19 games.
MINORS: Began the season on the injured list with a strained right shoulder and was reinstated May 19…was assigned to Stockton and went 2-2 with a 4.46 ERA in 11 games, including 10 starts, with the Ports…walked one batter or fewer in each appearance…started and won in his A's organization debut on May 19, a 3-2 win over Inland Empire (5.0 ip, 4 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 4 so)…the 5.0 innings pitched were a season high…it was his first outing in a regular season game since April 21, 2016 for Tampa against Dunedin and his first outing in any game since a March 16, 2017 Spring Training appearance with New York (AL)…then tossed 3.0 innings or fewer in each of his next seven starts…had a 5.73 ERA over his first three starts before tossing 3.0 scoreless and hitless innings in back-to-back starts on June 8 against San Jose and June 13 at Modesto…yielded a career-high tying four runs in a season-low 2.1 innings June 27 at San Jose…surrendered a careerhigh three home runs July 7 against Visalia…allowed a career-high tying six hits and struck out a season-high seven in 4.0 innings July 12 at Lancaster…his lone relief appearance with Stockton came in his next outing on July 18 against Lancaster when he struck out seven in 4.0 innings in a game started by a rehabbing Sean Manaea…was transferred to Midland July 23 and was 2-1 with a 1.63 ERA and .186 opponents batting average in seven games, including five starts, with the RockHounds…made his Double-A debut with a start on July 25 against Arkansas and was the losing pitcher in a 2-1 decision (3.0 ip, 5 h, 2 r, 2 er, 3 bb, 3 so)…the three walks were a career high… then allowed one run or fewer in each of his final seven games, going 2-0 with a 1.26 ERA and .184 opponents batting average…yielded one hit in three consecutive appearances from Aug. 10-22 and opponents were 3-for-41 (.073) over that span…did not allow a run in back-to-back starts on Aug. 22 against Northwest Arkansas (5.0 ip, 1 h, 1 bb, 6 so) and Aug. 27 at Northwest Arkansas (4.2 ip, 2 h, 2 bb, 5 so)…the 5.0 innings on the 22nd matched his season high and he logged a season-high 73 pitches on the 27th…was promoted to Las Vegas Aug. 31 and made one regular season start on Sept. 1 against Tacoma, a no decision in an 8-1 Aviators win (4.0 ip, 6 h, 1 r, 1 er, 6 so) matched his season high for hits and pitches (73)…started Game 5 of the Pacific Coast League Semifinals on Sept. 8 against Sacramento and was the losing pitcher in a 7-3 loss (0.2 ip, 5 h, 4 r, 4 er, 2 so, 3 hr).
Missed the entire season for the second consecutive year as he continued his comeback from April 18, 2017 "Tommy John" surgery.
In his professional debut, combined with the GCL Yankees 2 and Short-Season Single-A Staten Island to go 0-1 with a 3.97 ERA in five games (three starts)…made two relief appearances for the GCL Yankees 2 before he was transferred to Staten Island on Aug. 19…went 0-1 with a 2.00 ERA in three starts for Staten Island…also made two postseason starts for the club, posting a 0.73 ERA (12.1 ip, 7 h, 1 er, 2 bb, 10 so)…was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 4 prospect in the Yankees organization following the season.