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A.J. Puk

A.J. Puk

P | B/T: L/L | 6' 7" 238 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 1, #6, Oakland Athletics) - Florida
Cedar Rapids, IA USA
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Stats

W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2019 2 0 3.18 10 0 0 11.1 13 1.32
1 Season 2 0 3.18 10 0 0 11.1 13 1.32
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2019 10 2-0 3.18 11.1 13 1.32
1 Season 10 2-0 3.18 11.1 13 1.32

Standard MLB Pitching Statistics

SeasonTmLGBFWLERAGGSSVIPHRERHRBBSOWHIP
2019 OAK AL 47 2 0 3.18 10 0 0 11.1 10 4 4 1 5 13 1.32
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Fastball: 70 | Slider: 65 | Curveball: 45 | Changeup: 55 | Control: 45 | Overall: 55

6/12: Puk makes 2019 debut

At the start of his junior season at Florida in 2016, Puk was viewed as a possible No. 1 pick for that June's Draft. An inconsistent junior year dropped him from the top spot, but the A's were happy to take him with the sixth overall selection and gave him just over $4 million to sign him. He made it to Double-A in his first full season and pitched in the Futures Game and seemed poised to make the leap to Oakland in 2018. He was derailed from the fast track when he needed Tommy John surgery last April.

In 2017, Puk led the Minors with his 13.2 strikeouts-per-nine, a testament to a full repertoire of outstanding stuff. He'll throw his fastball up to 96-97 mph and he uses one of the best sliders in the Minors, to miss a ton of bats. He mixes in a curveball and his changeup, once a distant fourth pitch, has become a devastating out pitch as well, flashing plus at times. He uses his 6-foot-7 frame very well, with excellent extension.

Puk had improved his ability to find the strike zone as his first full season wore on, though there might be a learning curve command-wise as he returns from elbow surgery. Assuming he can get back to where he was in terms of that and his feel for all of his pitches, he should still be able to reach his ceiling as a No. 2 type starter.


Statcast - Pitching

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 202 29 0 0.0 85.8 13.5 .171 .215 .291 .221 .239 24.1 27.7 10.6
ALL 202 29 0 0.0 85.8 13.5 .171 .215 .291 .221 .239 24.1 27.7 10.6
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .408 .318 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
08/20/2019 Oakland Athletics selected the contract of LHP A.J. Puk from Las Vegas Aviators.
07/23/2019 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Las Vegas Aviators from Midland RockHounds.
06/24/2019 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Midland RockHounds from Stockton Ports.
06/11/2019 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Stockton Ports from AZL Athletics Green.
01/24/2019 Oakland Athletics invited non-roster LHP A.J. Puk to spring training.
09/17/2018 AZL Athletics activated LHP A.J. Puk from the 60-day injured list.
04/03/2018 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to AZL Athletics.
01/10/2018 Oakland Athletics invited non-roster LHP A.J. Puk to spring training.
09/12/2017 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Stockton Ports from Midland RockHounds.
06/16/2017 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Midland RockHounds from Stockton Ports.
04/05/2017 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Stockton Ports from Vermont Lake Monsters.
12/01/2016 Oakland Athletics invited non-roster LHP A.J. Puk to spring training.
07/10/2016 LHP A.J. Puk assigned to Vermont Lake Monsters.
06/30/2016 Oakland Athletics signed LHP A.J. Puk.