Limited to just 18 innings last year because of a right flexor strain, 2015 first-round pick James Kaprielian believes his injury-riddled season will help his career in the long-run.
"A lot of people might say last year could be a wash. I don't really look at it like that," said Kaprielian. "I look at last year like it was a building block for me. I think somewhere down the line, what I had to endure last year will help me. It may not be the year we wanted, but I think it'll help in the end."
Rated as the Yankees' No.9 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, Kaprielian was able to make just three starts with Class A Advanced Tampa last season, striking out 22 while walking only three batters.
The 22-year old spent time pitching in the Arizona Fall League last season, where he sat in the mid-90s while touching 97mph with his fastball. His performance in Scottsdale helped restore the team's confidence that he could soon be ready to help out in the majors.