What Position Does James Kaprielian Play?

James Douglas Kaprielian is a Major League Baseball pitcher who currently pitches for the Oakland Athletics.

In Irvine, California, Kaprielian attended Arnold O. Beckman High School. He went 33–3 with a 0.96 earned run average (ERA) and 250 strikeouts in his career.

The Seattle Mariners selected him in the 40th round of the 2012 MLB draft. He did not sign with the Mariners and instead chose to play collegiate baseball for the UCLA Bruins at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).

Kaprielian pitched in 34 games as a relief pitcher as a freshman in 2013, posting a 1.55 ERA and 53 strikeouts.

He was selected a league all-star while playing collegiate summer baseball for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod Baseball League in 2013.

He was promoted to the starting lineup as a sophomore. He went 7–6 with a 2.29 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 15 starts.


Kaprielian and David Berg teamed up to throw UCLA’s first no-hitter on May 15, 2015. To complete the no-hitter, Kaprielian pitched the first nine innings and Berg pitched the tenth.

What Position Does James Kaprielian Play?

James Kaprielian Plays for the Oakland Athletics.

Kaprielian was traded to the Oakland Athletics on July 31, 2017, along with fellow prospects Jorge Mateo and Dustin Fowler, for Sonny Gray. After the 2018 season, the Athletics added him to their 40-man roster.