Yankees pitching prospect James Kaprielian, throwing in the Arizona Fall League, has pitched well and drawn comparisons to Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom, reports Randy Miller of NJ.com.
Mets first base coach Tom Goodwin, who manages Kaprielian's team, said he has been impressed with the pitcher's stuff in the short period of time he has watched him. Kaprielian threw three shutout innings in his AFL debut.
"First time I've ever seen him," Goodwin said. "He's got live stuff. ... "I'd say he's more like Jacob deGrom with a fastball and slider and changeup. You hate to put names on the guy, but Kaprielian's got that kind of electric life."
The Yankees' 2015 first-round draft pick out of UCLA had a 1.50 ERA and a 0.61 WHIP in 18 innings with Single-A Tampa this season. A flexor tendor strain had kept him on the shelf for most of the year.