A.J. Puk
P | Bats/Throws: L/L | 6' 7" 248LBS | Age: 28
Draft: 2016 | Rd: 1, #6, Oakland Athletics | Florida
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 0 3 6.08 12 0 0 13.1 16 1.80
2022 4 3 3.12 62 0 4 66.1 76 1.15
2023 7 5 3.97 58 0 15 56.2 78 1.18
4 Seasons 13 11 3.72 142 0 19 147.2 183 1.23
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 12 0-3 6.08 13.1 16 1.80
2022 62 4-3 3.12 66.1 76 1.15
2023 58 7-5 3.97 56.2 78 1.18
4 Seasons 142 13-11 3.72 147.2 183 1.23
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2019 24 202 29 0 0.0 0.0 85.8 110.0 13.5 17.2 .175 .224 .289 .226 .248 24.1 27.7 10.6 3.18 2.22
2021 26 243 42 1 2.4 1.5 93.8 111.6 7.6 33.3 .262 .358 .341 .313 .370 50.0 24.6 9.2 6.08 4.15
2022 27 1072 171 15 8.8 5.3 86.9 111.1 11.4 29.2 .222 .358 .296 .299 .364 35.1 27.0 8.2 3.12 3.70
2023 28 950 149 12 8.1 5.0 87.3 112.1 13.0 27.5 .210 .370 .300 .272 .377 32.2 32.2 5.4 3.97 3.06
Player 2467 391 28 7.2 4.4 87.7 112.1 11.8 28.1 .218 .353 .301 .285 .361 34.8 28.8 7.4
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .315 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Puk relies on 4 pitches.
4-Seam Fastball
(51.1%) ,
Sweeper
(42.6%) ,
Sinker
(5.1%) ,
Changeup
(1.3%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2019 44.8 20.7 20.7 13.8 24.1 34.5 41.4 3.4 31.0 41.4 24.1 0.0 0.0 0.0
2021 52.4 11.9 31.0 4.8 26.2 54.8 19.0 0.0 35.7 14.3 40.5 4.8 2.4 1.5
2022 45.0 22.2 22.8 9.9 35.1 36.3 28.7 8.8 27.5 21.6 28.7 3.5 8.8 5.3
2023 45.6 26.8 18.1 9.4 38.9 32.2 28.9 4.7 33.6 25.5 22.1 6.0 8.1 5.0
Player 46.0 22.8 21.7 9.5 34.8 36.6 28.6 5.9 30.9 23.8 27.1 4.3 7.2 4.4
MLB 44.6 23.5 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.8 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Changeup MIA L 12 87.3 32.7 1.1 3 10.5 -3.8 -26
2023 Sinker MIA L 47 95.4 25.4 3.0 13 18.8 3.5 22
2023 4-Seamer MIA L 472 95.9 17.1 -2.1 -14 12.1 3.6 43
2023 Sweeper MIA L 401 84.0 34.0 -2.6 -7 8.6 -4.4 -34
2022 4-Seamer OAK L 483 96.7 17.2 -3.7 -27 12.4 4.5 56
2022 Sinker OAK L 179 96.2 23.5 3.8 19 17.2 2.0 13
2022 Sweeper OAK L 26 86.8 35.1 2.2 7 3.3 -9.3 -74
2022 Changeup OAK L 11 87.8 33.9 4.1 14 1.7 -13.1 -88
2022 Slider OAK L 373 86.9 35.2 1.1 3 3.4 -1.1 -25
2021 Slider OAK L 68 86.9 35.2 1.6 5 4.2 -0.4 -9
2021 Curveball OAK L 6 82.4 41.6 -8.4 -17 8.7 0.3 3
2021 Sinker OAK L 60 96.0 25.5 6.1 31 17.0 2.0 13
2021 4-Seamer OAK L 98 95.4 16.3 -2.3 -16 8.5 0.6 7
2021 Changeup OAK L 11 90.2 26.9 -0.1 -1 15.6 1.4 10
2019 Changeup OAK L 19 89.4 25.4 -1.7 -6 13.3 -0.6 -4
2019 Slider OAK L 50 89.6 28.4 -1.2 -4 2.7 0.2 9
2019 Curveball OAK L 4 81.9 44.9 -6.4 -12 3.9 -3.3 -46
2019 4-Seamer OAK L 129 97.1 13.9 -1.0 -8 10.1 3.4 51
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 4-Seamer 0.1 0 485 51.1 135 .238 .451 .329 28.7 34.8 29.2 .220 .404 .298 42.9
2023 Sweeper -0.1 0 405 42.6 89 .241 .402 .317 38.9 33.7 20.5 .194 .339 .237 19.0
2023 Sinker 1.8 1 48 5.1 12 .273 .273 .283 28.0 0.0 0.0 .220 .266 .255 27.3
2023 Changeup 3.8 0 12 1.3 4 .250 .250 .225 25.0 25.0 16.7 .201 .288 .208 33.3
2022 4-Seamer 0.5 2 483 45.1 128 .202 .349 .306 25.5 25.8 19.5 .222 .371 .322 43.4
2022 Slider 1.7 6 373 34.8 97 .185 .304 .237 38.6 37.1 28.1 .187 .301 .238 29.8
2022 Sinker -2.7 -5 179 16.7 46 .306 .389 .364 15.5 8.7 20.0 .273 .314 .340 20.6
2022 Sweeper -2.4 -1 26 2.4 4 .750 1.750 1.038 21.4 25.0 16.7 .686 1.847 1.050 100.0
2022 Changeup 7.0 1 11 1.0 3 .000 .000 .000 25.0 66.7 40.0 .089 .138 .093 0.0
2021 4-Seamer 1.1 1 98 40.3 28 .217 .217 .318 22.7 25.0 23.3 .192 .230 .274 50.0
2021 Slider -2.9 -2 68 28.0 17 .375 .438 .347 46.4 47.1 36.4 .235 .332 .273 75.0
2021 Sinker -0.8 0 60 24.7 16 .333 .533 .394 7.1 0.0 0.0 .380 .587 .432 46.7
2021 Changeup -10.6 -1 11 4.5 2 1.000 1.000 .900 25.0 0.0 0.0 .586 .622 .527 0.0
2021 Curveball 5.1 0 6 2.5 2 .000 .000 .000 20.0 50.0 20.0 .047 .050 .045 0.0
2019 4-Seamer 1.2 2 129 63.9 28 .208 .250 .273 25.0 28.6 24.2 .187 .245 .257 25.0
2019 Slider 1.5 1 50 24.8 14 .214 .429 .271 37.0 35.7 26.3 .121 .163 .122 33.3
2019 Changeup -6.0 -1 19 9.4 3 1.000 1.000 .833 55.6 0.0 0.0 .579 .624 .588 0.0
2019 Curveball 8.7 0 4 2.0 2 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .006 .006 .006 0.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 10 87.4 81 11.3 10:00 9:30 30
2023 4-Seam Fastball 471 95.8 93 17.5 10:15 10:30 -15
2023 Sinker 47 95.3 90 20.0 10:15 9:15 60
2023 Sweeper 401 84.0 35 10.4 3:00 2:15 45
2022 Changeup 10 87.9 28 5.1 12:30 2:30 -120
2022 4-Seam Fastball 477 96.7 93 17.5 10:15 10:30 -15
2022 Sinker 175 96.2 93 18.8 10:15 9:30 45
2022 Slider 371 86.9 15 4.0 2:00 3:15 -75
2022 Sweeper 25 86.8 12 3.6 2:00 3:00 -60
2021 Changeup 10 90.3 99 18.7 10:00 9:30 30
2021 4-Seam Fastball 96 95.4 85 16.4 10:30 10:45 -15
2021 Sinker 59 95.9 88 18.6 10:15 9:15 60
2021 Slider 66 86.9 18 4.9 2:15 3:15 -60
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2019 47 202 5 0 -2 0 2
2021 65 243 -1 2 -2 -2 -2
2022 278 1,072 2 13 -6 -6 4
2023 244 966 3 3 -1 -3 2
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2019 202 54.0 67.9 77.0 21.5 40.0 39.1 63.8 46.5 30.9 7.9 81.3
2021 243 50.2 68.0 78.3 21.5 57.7 39.9 56.9 44.9 24.8 7.8 78.9
2022 1,072 52.1 66.1 79.4 27.4 47.5 41.1 61.5 47.6 29.0 7.6 84.1
2023 950 55.4 63.3 73.6 29.5 49.6 39.3 65.4 48.2 32.8 8.7 71.1
Player 2,467 53.3 65.3 76.8 27.1 48.7 40.1 62.7 47.5 30.2 8.1 78.0
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2019 95 52 97
2021 83 36 90
2022 56 69 65 58 40 55 24 83 71 75 45 72 25 89 59 96
2023 91 87 72 49 99 68 46 83 91 95 89 89 59 80 36 96
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2019 22.2 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2021 25.3 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 100.0
2022 24.0 7 8.5 -2 2 9 2 28.6
2023 23.8 10 9.5 1 2 7 5 50.0
Player 23.9 19 20.0 -1 4 16 9 47.4

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2019 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2021 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1
2022 7 8 3 6 9 9 10 7 6 7 8 8 10 9 10 10 10 7 9 9 10 6 11 11 7 6 10 10 10 9 9
2023 10 10 7 10 10 10 10 10 11 7 9 11 11 8 12 9 10 10 9 10 10 9 13 11 7 6 10 9 10 9 8
Player 19 20 12 18 21 21 22 19 19 16 19 21 23 19 24 21 22 19 20 21 22 17 26 24 16 14 22 21 22 20 19
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2021 2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 95.6 96.6 1.0 95.8 -0.8
Offspeed Velocity 90.2 87.8 -2.4 87.3 -0.5
Breaking Velocity 86.5 86.9 0.4 84.0 -2.9
Exit Velocity 93.8 86.9 -6.9 87.3 0.4
Launch Angle 7.6 11.4 3.8 13.0 1.6
Barrel % 2.4 8.8 6.4 8.1 -0.7
Hard Hit % 50.0 35.1 -14.9 32.2 -2.9
Sweet Spot % 33.3 29.2 -4.1 27.5 -1.7
xBA .262 .222 -0.040 .210 -0.012
BA .310 .217 -0.093 .241 0.024
xwOBA .313 .299 -0.014 .272 -0.027
wOBA .341 .296 -0.045 .300 0.004
xSLG .358 .358 0.000 .370 0.012
SLG .379 .357 -0.022 .420 0.063
K% 24.6 27.0 2.4 32.2 5.2
BB% 9.2 8.2 -1.0 5.4 -2.8
Swing % 44.9 47.6 2.7 48.2 0.6
Whiff% 24.8 29.0 4.2 32.8 3.8
In Zone % 50.2 52.1 1.9 55.4 3.3
Out of Zone % 49.8 47.9 -1.9 44.6 -3.3
Out of Zone Swing % 21.5 27.4 5.9 29.5 2.1
First Pitch Swing % 30.8 36.3 5.5 29.2 -7.1
First Pitch Strike % 56.9 61.5 4.6 65.4 3.9
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2019 Shifts 47 .289 33 0 0.0 14 4 28.6
2021 Shifts 54 .300 39 8 20.5 15 11 73.3
2022 Shifts 278 .296 181 30 16.6 97 54 55.7
2023 Shades 240 .300 164 21 12.8 76 21 27.6
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

Bases EmptyRunners On Base
SeasonTeamPitchesTempoFast %Slow %PitchesTempoFast %Slow %
2019 64 18.2 4.7% 3.1% 32 21.2 0.0% 6.3%
2021 59 19.0 20.3% 3.4% 57 21.1 0.0% 5.3%
2022 282 18.7 1.4% 2.5% 190 21.7 0.5% 4.2%
2023 245 16.1 26.1% 0.4% 182 17.9 3.8% 1.1%
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Pitch Distribution