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Kaprielian's competitive edge never wavers amid A's success

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OAKLAND -- James Kaprielian continues to improve with each outing. His competitive nature was something the Athletics knew they were getting when they acquired him from the New York Yankees in a 2017 trade.

They didn’t know what they were obtaining beyond that, however.

“He seems to be finding another great gear,” Melvin said following the A’s 6-0 win over the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday.

“Not only has he pitched well, but he’s gotten better as we’ve gone along,” Melvin said. “He seems to come up big in big situations. We saw it early in Boston when he got in a little trouble in the first inning and ever since then, he’s got a different gear when he really needs it.”

In six innings against the Halos, Kaprielian struck out seven, five hits, no earned runs and two walks. 

“I really think just staying in attack mode, I know I keep saying that over and over,” Kapriliean said. “Just going after guys, being the one hunting, I think that’s really important. I know I had seven strikeouts today, nothing crazy, they were all on fastballs, and that’s just me going after guys.”

“Me believe in my stuff, having the catchers who believe in me and having the type of defense we have really just puts me in the situation to have success,” Kaprielian said. “So using that defense and just continuing to attack guys I think that’s all I can really say.”

 

And he still believes the best is yet to come.

“I’m learning, I’m learning a lot,” Kaprielian continued. “I’m trying to take notes after every start. Eyes are the best tool when I’m watching the game when I’m not starting, and I still believe there’s another level that I can tap into and I haven’t quite dominated the way I want to. I mean, I had two walks today. Just can’t happen. Just flat out can’t happen.”

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That’s been his mentality from the beginning. 

Kaprielian has a 5-3 record on the season, but for those of you who couldn’t care less about pitcher wins ... his 2.65 ERA with 73 strikeouts in 68 innings should help.

If Kaprielian keeps this up, he very well could find himself in the AL Rookie of the Year conversation come season's end.