23-Year-Old Pitcher – Oakland Athletics
2018 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Puk's 184 strikeouts ranked third in the minors last season, and he logged almost 20 fewer innings than the two pitchers ahead of him (Alec Hansen and Triston McKenzie). The big 6-foot-7 lefty, who wa...
A.J. Puk Contract Information:
Signed a contract with the Athletics in June of 2016 that includes a $4.07 million signing bonus.
Puk (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.
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Oakland Athletics Roster
MajorsAnderson, Brett (P)
AAAAlcantara, Raul (P)
AABayer, Peter (P)
A+Barrera, Luis (OF)
AAllen, Nick (SS)
RookieBrito, Marcos (SS)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Puk has everything the scouts look for in a pitching prospect: tremendous raw stuff with tons of projectability on a big frame. It doesn't hurt that he's a southpaw. Indeed, Puk was rumored to be in the mix to go No. 1 overall in June but ended up falling to the A's with the sixth pick. His initial run in short-season ball was impressive, with his 3.31 BB/9 rate representing perhaps the most encouraging stat as a lack of command and control was his biggest knock coming out of the University of Florida. Of course, given his age and level, we won't truly know if he has made significant strides in that department until he receives a couple promotions. His fastball was sitting in the mid-90s and continues to grade as a borderline plus-plus pitch, while his slider and changeup will both need to jump a grade for him to profile atop a rotation. Turning 22 in April, Puk likely will receive a full-season assignment early on in 2017, and it would not be a surprise if the A's took an aggressive, sink-or-swim approach to his development in the coming seasons.