Baseball America published a lengthy game report (link is here) about James Kaprielian's most recent start for Team USA against Taiwan. Kaprielian was one of the few bright spots for UCLA last year. He led the league in strikeouts and was a consistent pitcher in the Friday battle of aces all season long. And now he is taking his game up a notch.
With a capacity crowd of more than 9,600 at the Durham Bulls Athletic Park on the 4th of July, UCLA righthander James Kaprielian turned in what has been the signature performance so far for USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team.
And here is one feature which sets Kaprielian apart from his all-star compatriots, according to the coach of Team USA.
"You can talk about all the things that he does physically but his competitiveness is at the top of his list of attributes," Childress said. "He is an extremely competitive kid. The pitchers on this team are not just great pitchers, they are great people that are great teammates. James is obviously at the top of that list."
Next year, the Bruins are tabbed as one of the eight early favorites for Omaha by Baseball America. And Kaprielian is a huge reason for the love. With the offensive stars from the 2013 national championship team back after missing last year with injury, and the entire weekend rotation back, the future looks bright for the Bruins. And it looks particularly bright for Kaprlielian. We'll let a National League scout have the final word.
"That was an impressive outing and he was going really good," a National League crosschecker said. "What you saw gives you promise that he will be able to bring similar stuff and pitchability every fifth day in pro ball.
Go Bruins !!