While Yankees prospect James Kaprielian is convinced he will be ready to go when the minor league season starts, the young pitcher is eager to get on the field with the big league players.
"I feel like a caged bull, I just want to go out there and compete and be with the guys,'' Kaprielian said to George A. King of the NY Post after throwing live batting practice Tuesday. "Right now the plan is what it is and my job is to be a baseball player. I'm not the GM or the pitching coach.''
The reason the Yankees are being cautious with their 2015 first-round pick is because Kaprielian was limited to just 18 innings last year due to a right flexor strain suffered in April.
Rated as the Yankees' No.9 prospect by MLBPipeline.com, the 22-year old was able to make only three starts with High-A Tampa last season, striking out 22 while walking only three.
"Absolutely, definitely,'' Kaprielian said when asked if he would be ready for the start of the season. "I'm feeling good.''
Kaprielian also spent time pitching in the Arizona Fall League last season, where he sat in the mid-90s while reaching 97 mph with his fastball.
With spring training still at its infancy stage, the Yankees have no reason to rush one of the team's top prospects into game action.
"It's early right now, I think that's the biggest thing and that comes from talking to the older guys,'' said Kaprielian. "I was talking to CC [Sabathia] and he just told me, 'It's early right now. You don't need to worry about the season too much. Take it slow, take it one day at a time. Take care of what you have to take care of and you're going to be ready in no time.' "