Yankees prospect James Kaprielian to have Tommy John surgery

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The Yankees have announced that pitching prospect James Kaprielian will undergo Tommy John surgery next week.

The Yankees’ first round pick in the 2015 out of UCLA has had his fair share of health issues so far, primarily with his elbow. He’s been impressive when he has pitched, however, posting a 2.89 ERA and striking out ten batters per nine innings in A-ball. He has been ranked anywhere between the 4th and 6th best Yankees prospect.

Most suspect that the Yankees’ next truly competitive team will come in a couple of years. Assuming no setbacks in his rehab, there’s every reason to think that Kaprielian can still be part of that club.