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TAMPA, FL - FEBRUARY 27: James Kaprielian #90 of the New York Yankees poses for a portrait on February 27, 2016 at George M Steinbrenner Stadium in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

James Kaprielian hoping to play in Instructional League game


James Kaprielian‘s 2016 season was cut short due to injury but the Yankees top pitching prospect is hopeful he will appear in an Instructional League game soon.

He also said that participating in the Arizona Fall League is “still a topic of discussion.” Kaprielian threw live batting practice during instructional league workouts today. He said that he is “pretty happy and excited with the progress we’ve made.”

In 18.0 innings this season, Kaprielian had a 1.50 earned run average with 22 strikeouts. He impressed the Yankees organization, however, an elbow injury derailed his season. The 22-year-old looked like he was on the fast track to the big leagues before the injury but do not expect him to be in pinstripes next season.

The Yankees will be extremely cautious with him following his injury. Expect him to start the year in High-A Tampa. A full season under his wing will be big for a Yankee organization desperate for a young, top of the line starter. With so many question marks regarding their rotation, Kaprielian taking steps forward will be a major plus for New York.