James Kaprielian
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 225LBS | Age: 30
Draft: 2015 | Rd: 1, #16, New York Yankees | UCLA
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 8 5 4.07 24 21 0 119.1 123 1.22
2022 5 9 4.23 26 26 0 134 98 1.34
2023 2 6 6.34 14 11 0 61 57 1.59
4 Seasons 15 20 4.61 66 58 0 318 282 1.35
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 24 8-5 4.07 119.1 123 1.22
2022 26 5-9 4.23 134 98 1.34
2023 14 2-6 6.34 61 57 1.59
4 Seasons 66 15-20 4.61 318 282 1.35
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2020 26 71 11 4 36.4 23.5 88.7 104.0 18.8 36.4 .249 .719 .419 .429 .536 54.5 23.5 11.8 7.36 8.80
2021 27 2024 333 31 9.3 6.2 90.1 116.2 19.0 37.5 .239 .437 .314 .324 .393 42.3 24.5 8.2 4.07 4.48
2022 28 2230 415 33 8.0 5.7 88.4 117.7 16.9 34.2 .254 .415 .322 .331 .354 36.4 17.0 10.2 4.23 4.62
2023 29 1091 186 13 7.0 4.6 89.6 110.9 22.8 36.6 .245 .426 .356 .337 .372 38.7 20.4 11.1 6.34 4.86
Player 5416 945 81 8.6 5.9 89.3 117.7 18.8 35.9 .246 .429 .327 .331 .373 39.2 20.5 9.7
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.2 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Kaprielian relies on 5 pitches.
Four Seamer
(41.4%) ,
Slider
(30.7%) ,
Sinker
(13.9%) ,
Changeup
(7.8%) ,
Curveball
(6.1%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2020 36.4 45.5 9.1 9.1 36.4 45.5 18.2 9.1 18.2 27.3 9.1 0.0 36.4 23.5
2021 34.8 31.5 22.8 10.8 31.5 39.6 28.8 4.5 24.0 29.1 22.5 9.9 9.3 6.2
2022 38.3 30.8 23.4 7.5 39.0 34.9 26.0 4.6 27.0 29.4 22.9 8.0 8.0 5.7
2023 32.3 33.9 24.2 9.7 42.5 31.7 25.8 2.7 21.0 37.1 24.7 6.5 7.0 4.6
Player 35.9 31.9 23.2 9.1 37.0 36.1 26.9 4.2 24.7 30.8 23.0 8.3 8.6 5.9
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.8 7.0 37.0 37.5 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Sinker OAK R 152 92.0 23.3 -0.1 0 16.8 2.0 14
2023 Curveball OAK R 67 75.9 56.5 -2.3 -4 9.2 0.0 0
2023 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 451 92.3 16.7 -0.8 -5 7.8 1.1 17
2023 Changeup OAK R 85 83.3 37.2 4.5 14 10.8 -3.1 -22
2023 Slider OAK R 335 80.8 38.4 -3.0 -7 9.6 -0.3 -4
2022 Sinker OAK R 122 94.4 20.1 -0.9 -4 15.8 0.8 5
2022 Slider OAK R 512 85.0 34.3 -2.2 -6 4.5 -0.8 -14
2022 Changeup OAK R 226 85.2 35.4 5.0 16 8.3 -5.5 -40
2022 Curveball OAK R 279 79.3 51.9 -2.3 -4 7.3 -0.5 -7
2022 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 1,090 94.0 15.5 -1.0 -7 7.6 0.7 10
2021 Changeup OAK R 317 83.8 36.5 5.6 18 9.6 -4.2 -31
2021 Sinker OAK R 122 92.4 22.3 -0.3 -1 17.0 2.1 14
2021 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 1,069 93.0 16.3 -1.0 -7 8.5 1.3 17
2021 Slider OAK R 352 85.3 32.9 -2.8 -8 0.8 -4.1 -83
2021 Curveball OAK R 164 78.0 51.2 -4.4 -8 6.8 -1.6 -19
2020 Sinker OAK R 4 95.1 19.0 -1.7 -8 16.0 0.8 6
2020 Slider OAK R 13 86.0 33.2 -1.9 -5 0.9 -3.3 -78
2020 Changeup OAK R 7 85.8 35.2 5.2 17 4.0 -9.6 -70
2020 Curveball OAK R 2 82.3 44.2 -5.0 -10 6.8 -1.2 -15
2020 4-Seam Fastball OAK R 45 94.9 15.7 -1.0 -6 8.8 1.3 17
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 4-Seam Fastball -0.7 -3 451 41.3 120 .202 .384 .329 25.2 19.2 16.0 .219 .446 .348 49.4
2023 Slider -0.8 -3 335 30.7 88 .263 .400 .323 31.6 31.8 20.6 .193 .248 .237 17.3
2023 Sinker -4.9 -8 152 13.9 42 .412 .529 .491 14.3 7.1 13.0 .375 .594 .470 45.2
2023 Changeup -4.1 -3 85 7.8 19 .368 .737 .466 18.0 10.5 11.8 .346 .743 .454 47.1
2023 Curveball 0.6 0 67 6.1 10 .444 .778 .517 23.5 10.0 14.3 .324 .519 .358 33.3
2022 4-Seam Fastball -0.1 -1 1,091 48.9 273 .257 .465 .364 16.6 13.9 13.0 .281 .482 .378 39.8
2022 Slider 0.7 4 512 23.0 142 .190 .357 .284 35.4 31.7 22.3 .179 .289 .258 30.5
2022 Curveball 0.6 2 279 12.5 62 .228 .404 .296 13.1 4.8 7.5 .248 .396 .304 30.9
2022 Changeup -3.0 -7 226 10.1 60 .339 .482 .402 23.5 15.0 12.3 .286 .396 .323 36.2
2022 Sinker 3.2 4 122 5.5 40 .158 .211 .188 10.4 7.5 12.5 .295 .493 .356 40.0
2021 4-Seam Fastball -0.2 -2 1,069 52.8 276 .250 .471 .357 27.8 25.7 20.5 .231 .430 .332 43.5
2021 Slider 0.8 3 352 17.4 96 .225 .360 .279 34.1 28.1 21.8 .220 .363 .271 36.9
2021 Changeup -0.3 -1 317 15.7 69 .250 .406 .329 23.0 20.3 14.9 .270 .469 .342 50.0
2021 Curveball 0.9 1 164 8.1 29 .107 .357 .181 20.7 20.7 12.8 .245 .595 .350 39.1
2021 Sinker 2.3 3 122 6.0 32 .200 .433 .292 19.2 15.6 45.5 .286 .490 .353 36.0
2020 4-Seam Fastball -6.1 -3 45 63.4 12 .364 .909 .542 27.3 16.7 13.3 .273 .769 .447 55.6
2020 Slider 0.5 0 13 18.3 3 .000 .000 .233 100.0 66.7 40.0 -- -- .233 --
2020 Changeup -1.0 0 7 9.9 -- -- -- 66.7 -- 0.0 -- -- -- --
2020 Sinker 3.9 0 4 5.6 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 -- .069 .069 .065 0.0
2020 Curveball 7.4 0 2 2.8 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .667 2.261 1.165 100.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 80 83.3 65 11.6 2:00 2:45 -45
2023 Curveball 67 75.9 70 15.3 7:30 7:15 15
2023 4-Seam Fastball 451 92.3 88 17.0 1:15 1:00 15
2023 Sinker 151 92.0 88 19.3 1:15 2:15 -60
2023 Slider 330 80.8 33 10.8 8:30 9:30 -60
2022 Changeup 217 85.2 58 9.2 2:00 2:45 -45
2022 Curveball 278 79.3 61 13.4 7:30 7:15 15
2022 4-Seam Fastball 1,087 94.0 91 16.9 1:15 1:00 15
2022 Sinker 120 94.4 87 19.2 1:15 2:00 -45
2022 Slider 509 85.0 27 7.1 10:15 10:15 0
2021 Changeup 295 83.7 58 10.3 1:45 2:45 -60
2021 Curveball 162 77.9 59 11.4 7:30 7:15 15
2021 4-Seam Fastball 1,069 93.0 90 17.1 1:15 1:00 15
2021 Sinker 121 92.4 90 19.9 1:15 2:15 -60
2021 Slider 352 85.3 26 4.2 12:00 11:30 30
2020 4-Seam Fastball 34 94.6 92 16.9 1:15 1:15 0
2020 Slider 11 85.9 16 3.8 11:00 11:30 -30
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2021 502 2,024 7 23 -15 -11 4
2022 577 2,230 10 18 -18 -10 1
2023 279 1,090 2 -4 -10 -5 -17
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2020 71 38.0 70.4 63.2 29.5 61.5 45.1 52.9 45.1 37.5 2.8 100.0
2021 2,024 47.5 67.8 77.9 25.7 59.7 41.2 59.2 45.7 27.2 7.3 78.2
2022 2,230 48.7 70.4 84.3 26.3 63.5 41.5 58.1 47.8 21.2 7.6 77.6
2023 1,091 50.9 66.7 80.3 29.5 62.0 42.8 64.3 48.5 25.0 8.4 67.4
Player 5,416 48.6 68.7 81.0 26.8 61.7 41.7 59.7 47.1 24.4 7.6 75.7
MLB 48.6 66.9 82.0 28.4 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2021 34 51 27 17 56 19 22 21 23 57 51 60 25 38 11 47 21
2022 19 27 26 26 17 16 36 52 62 13 17 15 15 52 8 49 28
2023 24 47 32 29 18 65 65 34 52 30 15 42 59 22 3 42 20
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2020 20.3 2 2.1 0 2 1 1 50.0
2021 22.6 19 19.8 -1 6 14 10 52.6
2022 23.4 16 17.1 -1 14 19 3 18.8
2023 25.1 9 10.5 -2 4 8 4 44.4
Player 23.3 46 49.6 -4 26 42 18 39.1

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2020 2 2 3 1 2 3 2 1 1 2 1 1 3 2 2 2 2 3 2 2 3 2 3 2 2 2 1 3 4 2 2
2021 19 23 17 19 21 21 23 22 14 14 16 22 21 14 22 25 19 20 20 22 17 24 26 25 17 16 22 20 19 18 16
2022 16 11 18 18 15 17 21 12 11 13 14 24 18 18 16 17 17 12 16 16 19 22 30 16 11 11 20 24 20 18 18
2023 9 6 10 12 12 11 12 10 12 9 10 12 8 9 11 11 10 10 11 15 8 11 14 12 7 9 12 12 11 11 8
Player 46 42 48 50 50 52 58 45 38 38 41 59 50 43 51 55 48 45 49 55 47 59 73 55 37 38 55 59 54 49 44
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2020 2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 94.9 92.9 -2.0 94.0 1.1 92.2 -1.8
Offspeed Velocity 85.8 83.8 -2.0 85.2 1.4 83.3 -1.9
Breaking Velocity 85.5 83.0 -2.5 83.0 0.0 80.0 -3.0
Exit Velocity 88.7 90.1 1.4 88.4 -1.7 89.6 1.2
Launch Angle 18.8 19.0 0.2 16.9 -2.1 22.8 5.9
Barrel % 36.4 9.3 -27.1 8.0 -1.3 7.0 -1.0
Hard Hit % 54.5 42.3 -12.2 36.4 -5.9 38.7 2.3
Sweet Spot % 36.4 37.5 1.1 34.2 -3.3 36.6 2.4
xBA .249 .239 -0.010 .254 0.015 .245 -0.009
BA .267 .233 -0.034 .239 0.006 .274 0.035
xwOBA .429 .324 -0.105 .331 0.007 .337 0.006
wOBA .419 .314 -0.105 .322 0.008 .356 0.034
xSLG .719 .437 -0.282 .415 -0.022 .426 0.011
SLG .667 .430 -0.237 .414 -0.016 .452 0.038
K% 23.5 24.5 1.0 17.0 -7.5 20.4 3.4
BB% 11.8 8.2 -3.6 10.2 2.0 11.1 0.9
Swing % 45.1 45.7 0.6 47.8 2.1 48.5 0.7
Whiff% 37.5 27.2 -10.3 21.2 -6.0 25.0 3.8
In Zone % 38.0 47.5 9.5 48.7 1.2 50.9 2.2
Out of Zone % 62.0 52.5 -9.5 51.3 -1.2 49.1 -2.2
Out of Zone Swing % 29.5 25.7 -3.8 26.3 0.6 29.5 3.2
First Pitch Swing % 41.2 28.9 -12.3 31.5 2.6 35.4 3.9
First Pitch Strike % 52.9 59.2 6.3 58.1 -1.1 64.3 6.2
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2020 Shifts 17 .419 9 1 11.1 8 6 75.0
2021 Shifts 502 .314 244 50 20.5 258 144 55.8
2022 Shifts 577 .322 282 68 24.1 295 207 70.2
2023 Shades 279 .356 152 3 2.0 127 43 33.9
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2020 18 19.3 0.0% 5.6% 13 22.1 0.0% 0.0%
2021 660 18.8 10.5% 2.4% 322 24.6 0.0% 15.8%
2022 623 18.1 13.8% 4.2% 393 23.7 0.0% 12.5%
2023 241 16.4 24.9% 0.4% 203 21.0 0.5% 1.5%
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Pitch Distribution


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