UCLA Baseball BIO
James Kaprielian
Player Profile:
James Kaprielian 1264509
Position: Right Handed Pitcher
Height: 6'4"
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Tustin, Calif.
High School: Beckman HS

Selected by the New York Yankees as the 16th overall pick in the first round of the 2015 MLB Draft...finishes fifth all-time at UCLA in career ERA (2.06)...finishes sixth all-time at UCLA in career strikeouts (275)...in three seasons, went 17-10 with a 2.06 ERA over 66 appearances, making 31 starts...led the Pac-12 in strikeouts in back-to-back seasons (2014 & 2015)...named to the All Pac-12 first team in back-to-back seasons (2014 & 2015).

Went 10-4 with a 2.03 ERA in 17 apperances (16 starts) for UCLA...earned All-Pac-12 first team honors...named a second team All-American by Collegiate Baseball...named a third team All-American by Perfect Game USA...led the Pac-12 in strikeouts (114) and wins (10) over 106.2 innings...lasted at least six innings in 12 of 15 starts, including lasting seven or more innings in seven starts...recorded double-digit strikeouts in three starts...went 5-3 with a 1.64 ERA in 10 starts during Pac-12 play...earned a win after allowing one earned run and striking out five in his season debut against Hofstra (Feb. 13)...struck out seven, walked none and allowed three earned runs on seven hits in a win at North Carolina (Feb. 20)...recorded his third-straight win to begin the season after allowing two runs on three hits, to go with eight strikeouts versus Michigan State (Feb. 27)...recieved his first loss after allowing four runs on eight hits in 5.1 innings to Vanderbilt as part of the Dodger Stadium College Baseball Classic (March 6)...threw seven scoreless innings, striking out 10 batters, in a Pac-12 opener win over Washington (March 13)...defeated Utah after allowing just one unearned run over 6.2 innings, adding seven strikeouts (March 20)...lasted a then season-high eight innings, allowing three runs on four hits, while striking out nine in a win at Washington State (March 27)...struck out nine, but recieved just his second loss of the year after allowing two unearned runs on five hits in 5.2 innings versus Oregon State (April 2)...won a pivotal contest at cross-town rival USC after limiting the Trojans to two runs on five hits in six innings (April 10)...struck out a season-high 11 batters over six innings, but garnered a loss from Cal (April 16)...allowed a career-high 12 hits and gave up five runs in a loss at Stanford (April 24)...went three-straight starts without allowing a run, while racking up 20 strikeouts (May 1, May 8, May 15)...threw nine no-hit innings against Arizona, striking out 11, to combine with David Berg for a 10-inning no-hitter, the first in school history (May 15)...named Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week and NCBWA/Collegiate Baseball National Pitcher of the Week for his effort...earned a no-decision in his final regular season start at Oregon, allowing just one run in five innings (May 22)...defeated CSU Bakersfield by throwing seven innings and allowing two runs on five hits in the opening game of the Los Angeles Regional (May 29)...made his only relief appearance in the Los Angeles Regional final, allowing one run on two hits in two innins in a loss to Maryland (June 1).

2014 (summer)
Played for the USA Collegiate National Team...struck out 12 and walked none in six shutout innings of a victory over Chinese Taipei...pitched just days after losing his mother to breast cancer...his effort was recognized as the USA Baseball International Performance of the Year.

Made 15 starts, serving as UCLA's No. 1 starter all season...led the Pac-12 with 108 strikeouts...pitched 106 innings, posting a 7-6 record with a 2.29 ERA...earned All-Pac-12 honors...seven wins led the team...2.29 ERA ranked seventh in the Pac-12 and 106 innings pitched ranked sixth...108 strikeouts also were the 20th-most in the nation...held opponents to a .201 batting average against him, the fifth-lowest opposing average in the conference...held the opponent to two runs or less in 11 of his 15 starts and registered double-digit strikeouts five times...pitched at least seven innings in eight of his 15 starts...was particularly effective down the stretch, posting a 1.72 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his final four starts...went 5-4 with a 2.26 ERA in 10 Pac-12 starts, striking out 71 batters in 71.2 innings pitched...went 4-1 with a 1.16 ERA in seven road starts...earned his first collegiate win on Feb. 21 vs. Cal Poly, allowing one run and striking out nine in seven innings pitched...gave up just one hit in eight scoreless innings in a 2-1 victory over Notre Dame on Feb. 28, striking out 11...struck out a career-high 12 batters in six innings pitched against Arizona State on March 28, earning the win...fanned at least 10 hitters in three of his final four starts...picked up the win vs. Stanford on May 2, striking out 10 batters in 6.2 innings pitched while surrendering just one run...struck out 11 in his first career complete game against Oregon on May 16, allowing two runs (one earned) in nine innings pitched in UCLA's 2-1 loss...earned Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honors after notching 11 strikeouts in eight scoreless innings in his final start of the season at Washington on May 23.

2013 (summer)
Appeared in five games for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox of the prestigious Cape Cod League, making three starts...logged a 1.80 ERA in 20 innings pitched, recording 28 strikeouts...competed in the Cape Cod League All-Star Game...started one game in the CCL playoffs, striking out nine batters in five innings in a no-decision...struck out seven batters in five innings in his first start against the Chatham Anglers on July 8, not allowing a run...Yarmouth-Dennis finished in fourth place in the East Division of the CCL, falling to Chatham in the first round of the playoffs.

Appeared in 34 games, all in relief...earned freshman All-America honors from Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball and Perfect Game USA (second team)...posted a 1.55 ERA and two saves in 40.2 innings pitched...struck out 53 batters and allowed an opposing batting average of .141 as well...recorded saves at Baylor on Feb. 22 and 24, striking out a combined six batters in two innings pitched...posted a 1.65 ERA in 16 Pac-12 relief appearances, fanning 19 in 16.1 innings pitched...struck out a career-high five hitters at Arizona State on March 29 and at Cal State Fullerton on May 14...pitched 3.1 scoreless innings on May 7 vs. Cal State Northridge, striking out three...appeared in six games out of the bullpen in the postseason, giving up one run in 5.2 innings pitched while striking out seven...did not allow a hit in his six postseason appearances.

2012 (summer)
Tallied 30 strikeouts, two saves and a 1.73 ERA in 11 games (4 starts) for the Wenatchee Applesox of the West Coast League...recorded 10 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA in the playoffs, leading the Applesox to their third league title in four years and fifth overall...named the No. 3 overall prospect from the West Coast League by Baseball America.

High School
Three-year varsity baseball letterwinner at Beckman High School (Irvine, Calif.) under head coach Kevin Lavelle...selected in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB Draft by the Seattle Mariners...posted a career record of 33-3 with a 0.96 ERA, 250 strikeouts and 23 complete games at Beckman...went 12-2 with a 0.84 ERA, striking out 112 batters in 83.1 innings pitched and recording 10 saves during his senior season...threw two no-hitters against Woodbridge High School and University High School as a senior...ranked No. 75 on Baseball America's top 500 2012 MLB Draft eligible player list...2012 USA Today and Louisville Slugger first-team All-American selection...2012 Beckman High School and Pacific Coast League Athlete of the Year...two-time All-CIF Division III and first-team All-Orange County selection (2011-12)...named the CIF Southern Section Division III Player of the Year as a junior (2011)...went 11-1 with a 0.92 ERA, 80 strikeouts, four saves, nine complete games and five shutouts during his junior season...earned three victories in CIF Southern Section Division III playoff games as a junior, hurling shutouts in his first two playoff wins while leading Beckman to the 2011 CIF Division III Southern Section Championship...went 10-0 with a 1.70 ERA in 57.2 innings as a sophomore (2010)...named the Pacific Coast League Pitcher of the Year three times (2010-12)...also earned All-Pacific Coast League honors and Irvine News All-City honors three years in a row (2010-12), getting named the Irvine News All-City MVP in 2011...was also a three-year letterwinner in football as a wide receiver, linebacker and safety under head coach Ken Mushinski...2012 All-CIF Division III selection...also earned All-Pacific Coast League and All-City honors in football in 2012.

Full name: James Douglas Kaprielian...born March 2, 1994 in Laguna Hills, Calif...parents are Douglas and Barbara Kaprielian...has a sister, Alison...admires former UCLA standout and Baseball Hall of Famer Jackie Robinson...undeclared major.

Career Highs
Innings - 9.0 (three times), last vs. Arizona (5/15/15)
Strikeouts - 12 vs. Arizona State (3/28/14)


2013 Fr. 1.55 0-0 34 0 0 2 40.2 19 12 7 24 53 2 2 0 169 .141 10 5 0 5 1
2014 So. 2.29 7-6 15 15 1 0 106.0 76 29 27 35 108 15 1 4 429 .201 4 6 0 9 4
2015 Jr. 2.03 10-4 17 16 0 0 106.2 86 32 24 33 114 13 1 7 381 .226 5 10 1 8 3
TOTALS   2.06 17-10 66 31 1 2 253.1 181 73 58 92 275 30 4 11 979 .185 19 21 1 22 8
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