James Douglas Kaprielian…graduated from Beckham HS (Calif.) in 2012 and was 33-3 with a 0.96 ERA and 250 strikeouts in three seasons…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.
Was the Opening Day starter for Triple-A Las Vegas on May 6 but that would be his only start with the Aviators…was recalled by Oakland on May 12 and spent the remainder of the season with the A’s, going 8-5 with a 4.07 ERA and .233 opponents batting average in 24 games, including 21 starts, in his rookie campaign...Tied for fifth among American League rookies in wins, tied for sixth in innings pitched (119.1), ranked seventh in strikeouts (123) and eighth in games started…based on a minimum of 0.5 innings per team game, he ranked fifth in opponents batting average, sixth in ERA, seventh in on-base percentage (.302), ninth in OPS (.732) and 10th in slugging (.430)...His 123 strikeouts were eighth most in Oakland history by a rookie and were the most since Sean Manaea had 124 in 2016…his 21 starts were the most since Jharel Cotton had 24 in 2017...Went 5-3 with a 2.65 ERA, .202 opponents batting average and .657 OPS over his first 12 starts through July 20…then posted a 3-2 record with a 5.96 ERA, .271 opponents average and .825 OPS over his final 12 games (nine starts) beginning on July 27...His opponents batting average broke down to .201 (46-for-229) with a .602 OPS against righthanded hitters compared to .266 (59-for-222) with a .860 OPS against left-handers…issued 31 of his 41 walks to lefties…had the third lowest batting average and OPS against right-handers in the AL among pitchers with 100 or more innings pitched....Opponents were 1-for-15 (.067) with two walks with the bases loaded...Had a .189 opponents batting average and .569 OPS the first time through the order, .285 with a .907 OPS the second time and .221 with a .710 OPS after that…yielded 10 of his 19 home runs the second time through the order. ..Had a 1.93 ERA over the first two innings, a 5.24 ERA from the third inning on...Began the season with 21 starts and was 8-5 with a 3.80 ERA and .720 OPS before being moved to the bullpen following his start on Sept. 18…had no decisions, a 7.88 ERA and .890 OPS in three relief appearances...Tossed at least 2.0 innings in each of his three relief appearances…first batters faced were 0-for-2 with a hit by pitch and he did not inherit any runners...Was 5-3 with a 3.28 ERA in 11 games at home, 3-2 with a 4.82 ERA in 13 games on the road...Had a 4-3 record and a 3.16 ERA in 10 day games, a 4-2 record and a 4.76 ERA in 14 night games…allowed 15 of his 19 home runs at night...Was 1-2 with a 5.68 ERA in three interleague starts…logged a 7-3 record and a 3.86 ERA in 21 games against AL competition...Allowed a .083 average against the opponent’s number five hitter…surrendered six of his 19 home runs to the clean-up hitter...Opponents hit .107 when putting his curveball in play, which was fifth lowest in the AL among pitchers with 150 or more curveballs...Left with the lead and was the pitcher of record in four of his eight no decisions only to have the bullpen blow the save…the A’s were 11-10 (.524) in his starting assignments. ..Allowed two runs or fewer in 13 of his 21 starts and five hits or fewer 16 times... Began the year at Triple-A Las Vegas and went 0-1 with a 3.86 ERA in one start… was the Aviators Opening Day starter on May 6 at Las Vegas and was the losing pitcher in an 8-1 loss to Sacramento (4.2 ip, 8 h, 2 r, 2 er, 1 bb, 5 so, 0 hr, 76 pitches)…was recalled by Oakland on May 12 and made his first Major League start that day at Boston…allowed a run on four hits in 5.0 innings to earn his first ML win in the A’s 4-1 victory over the Red Sox… would go 4-1 with a 2.84 ERA and .182 opponents batting average over his first seven starts through June 18…struck out nine batters in 5.2 innings in his second start on May 21 at Los Angeles (AL) but had a no decision in an 8-4 A’s win…left with a 3-2 lead and two outs in the bottom of the sixth but Petit allowed a run for the blown save…it was the first of four starts in which he left with the lead and was the pitcher of record only to have the bullpen blow the save (June 23 at Texas, July 10 at Texas, Aug. 14 at Texas)…tossed 7.0 scoreless innings May 26 against Seattle for his second win…that matched his longest outing as a professional… also tossed 7.0 innings for Single-A Tampa at Charlotte on April 16, 2016, his second professional appearance…logged 3.2 innings May 31 at Seattle but had a no decision in the A’s 6-5, 10-inning loss…it was the shortest start of his career…was charged with the first loss of his career when he allowed two runs in 5.0 innings on June 6 at Colorado, a 3-1 A’s loss…pitched 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits on June 12 to defeat Kansas City 11-2…walked a career-high four…tossed 105 pitches, which were his most as a professional, in a 5-4 loss to Texas on June 29…took the loss that day and went 0-2 despite a 3.00 ERA over his final three starts before the All-Star Break…struck out a career-high 10 batters in a career-high tying 7.0 innings on July 4 against Boston but was the losing pitcher in the A’s 1-0 loss…it was the first 10-strikeout game by an A’s rookie since Chris Bassitt on Aug. 9, 2015 against Houston (also 10)…issued a career-high tying four walks in 5.0 innings in a no decision at Texas on July 10… combined with Romo, Moll and Guerra on a seven-hit shutout in the A’s 6-0 win over Los Angeles (AL) on July 20 as part of a career-high 12.0-inning scoreless streak from July 10 to 27… allowed a career-high six runs in 4.1 innings in a 7-4 loss at San Diego on July 27…it snapped a career-opening 14-game streak of 1.2 innings or more and six hits or fewer, which was the longest such streak in Athletics history…singled off Chris Paddack in the third inning for his first Major League hit…was placed on the 10-day injured list July 31 retroactive to July 28 with a right shoulder impingement…missed just one start, did not have a rehab assignment, and was reinstated from the IL on Aug. 8…went 2-0 with a 3.31 ERA over his first three starts following his return…allowed a career-high eight hits in 5.1 innings in a no decision in an 8-3 A’s win at Texas on Aug. 14…did not walk or strike out a batter to mark the 19th time in Oakland history a starting pitcher went at least five innings without a walk or strikeout (last: Dallas Braden, Aug. 25, 2008 vs. Los Angeles-AL)…issued a career-high tying four walks in 5.0 innings but picked up the win on Aug. 20 against San Francisco…allowed a career-high tying six runs in 5.0 innings on Aug. 26 against New York (AL) but had a no decision in the A’s 7-6 loss…that began a four-start stretch where he went 0-1 with an 8.10 ERA and .324 opponents batting average…allowed a career-high tying eight hits in a season-low tying 3.2 innings in a 4-3 loss to Texas on Sept. 12 in Oakland…tossed 6.0 scoreless innings and allowed just two hits in a 3-1 win at Los Angeles (AL) on Sept. 18…that would be his final start of the season as it brought his season innings pitched total, including Las Vegas, to 116.0…had just 101.0 innings as a professional entering the season…pitched in relief in each of his final three appearances and allowed at least two runs in all three appearances (7.88 ERA)…tossed 2.0 innings in his first relief appearance on Sept. 23 vs. Seattle, which was his shortest outing of the season.
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.
Was a non-roster invitee with the Yankees and picked up the win in his only Spring Training appearance (2.0 ip, 1 bb, 3 so)…began the regular season on the Tampa disabled list with a strained right elbow…underwent UCL reconstruction surgery April 18 and missed the remainder of the season…was traded to the A’s organization with Dustin Fowler and Jorge Mateo for Sonny Gray and $1.5 million international bonus slot cash on July 31…was ranked by Baseball America as the No. 8 prospect in the Athletics organization following the season.
Made three starts with Single-A Tampa, going 2-1 with a 1.50 ERA…was placed on the disabled list April 22 with an inflamed right elbow and did not pitch the rest of the year…pitched for Scottsdale in the Arizona Fall League and posted a 2-3 record with a 4.33 ERA in seven starts…held AFL batters to a .218 batting average…was ranked by Baseball America as the number 5 prospect in the Yankees organization and as having the organization’s “Best Curveball."
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.