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A.J. Puk

23-Year-Old Pitcher – Oakland Athletics

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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...

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STATUS:  Out     INJURY TYPE:  Elbow     EST. RETURN:  5/1/2019
LEAGUE: AA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: L   HT: 6' 7"   WT: 230   DOB: 4/25/1995
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Signed a contract with the Athletics in June of 2016 that includes a $4.07 million signing bonus.

April 11, 2018  –  A.J. Puk News

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Puk (elbow) underwent successful Tommy John surgery Tuesday, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

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A.J. Puk Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS SH IP H ER HR K BB W L SV BS HLD ERA WHIP
2016 21 A VER 10 10 0 32.2 23 11 0 40 12 0 4 0 0 0 3.03 1.09
2017 22 A+ STO 13 11 0 61.0 44 25 1 98 23 4 5 0 0 0 3.69 1.10
2017 22 AA MID 13 13 0 64.0 64 31 2 86 25 2 5 0 0 0 4.36 1.39

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A.J. Puk Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G GS IP K/9 BB/9 K/BB HR/9 GB/FB Ratio Strand % Fastball ERA FIP BABIP
2016 21 A VER 10 10 32.2 11.18 3.35 3.33 0.00 68.6% 3.03 1.83 .312
2017 22 A+ STO 13 11 61.0 14.46 3.39 4.26 0.15 63.6% 3.69 1.53 .367
2017 22 AA MID 13 13 64.0 12.09 3.52 3.44 0.28 66.7% 4.36 2.23 .396

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A.J. Puk: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

The A's announced Tuesday that Puk (elbow) has been recommended to undergo Tommy John surgery on his left arm, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports.

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Puk (biceps) is seeing doctors about a potential issue with the ligament in his elbow, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports.com reports.

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Puk was shut down with biceps soreness Wednesday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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The Athletics reassigned Puk to their minor-league camp Sunday, Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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Puk (1-1), who allowed four earned runs on three hits and three walks while recording one strikeout in a 6-2 Cactus League loss to the Mariners on Thursday, may have seen his already slim Opening Day roster chances take a hit with the performance, Jane Lee of MLB.com reports.

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Puk fired three scoreless innings in Friday's 2-0 Cactus League win over the Brewers, allowing two walks and striking out two.

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Manager Bob Melvin didn't completely rule out the idea of Puk breaking camp on the Opening Day roster, Julian McWilliams of The Athletic Bay Area reports. "Who knows," said Melvin when the question of Puk opening the year in the big leagues was posed to him.

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2017

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.