A.J. Puk

Born: 04/25/1995 (Age: 24)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot:
Height: 6'7"
Weight: 220
Primary Position: LHSP
Seconday Position: -
Acquisition Period: 1st Rd., (#6 overall), 2016 MLB First Year Player Draft (OAK)
Entry Point: 4 Yr College
Options Used: N/A
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: May 19th, 2018
Dates Seen: 3/9/18
Level: Triple-A
Affiliate: Stockton Ports
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On 40-Man Roster: No
Physical Description
Extremely tall w/ long limbs. T.J. Surgery (April 2018), out for season.
Mechanical Notes
Stiff, semi-windup delivery, partially turned at the top; drop-and-drive style w/ moderate shoulder tilt as he drives. Moderate effort, drifting open at release and has to tilt to clear arm. Long arm circle w/ slight stab; inverted-W strain in the back.
MLB ETA Present Role Future Role Role Description Risk
2018 50 60 Mid-Rotation Starter High
Pitch Present Future Sitting Range Comments
Fastball Value
Overall Fastball Value 60 60 Velo, plane, and movement compensate for fringy command. Pitch gets on top of hitters with size and extension.
Velo, plane, and movement compensate for fringy command. Pitch gets on top of hitters with size and extension.
Fastball Velocity 60 60 93-94 91-95 Plus velo for LH starter; sits 93-to-94 mph and reaches back for more when needed.
Fastball Velocity
Fastball Movement
Fastball Movement 60 60 Combination of plane and run is plus. Up in the zone, pitch runs harder but does not have the same plane.
Combination of plane and run is plus. Up in the zone, pitch runs harder but does not have the same plane.
Fastball Command
Fastball Command 45 45 Command inconsistent. Yanked to glove side, also hit spots inside to RH hitters. Better to arm side. Good enough to get swings and misses even when missing his spot.
Command inconsistent. Yanked to glove side, also hit spots inside to RH hitters. Better to arm side. Good enough to get swings and misses even when missing his spot.
Curveball
Curveball 45 50 77-79 77-80 Good depth, moderate sharpness that shows fairly early. Ingredients of future average pitch if he finishes it w/ more consistency.
Good depth, moderate sharpness that shows fairly early. Ingredients of future average pitch if he finishes it w/ more consistency.
Slider
Slider 45 55 87 84-88 SL was not as sharp in early-spring look as it has been in the past. Sharp, late action in lower velo band; more cutter-like at 87-to-88 mph. Snapped off a few above-average ones later in the outing that showed potential. Ingredients to be future above-average pitch.
SL was not as sharp in early-spring look as it has been in the past. Sharp, late action in lower velo band; more cutter-like at 87-to-88 mph. Snapped off a few above-average ones later in the outing that showed potential. Ingredients to be future above-average pitch.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 55 60 83 82-84 Best secondary, gets consistent swing/miss at present; shows to both RH/LH bats. Sells w/ FB arm speed and gets separation w/ above-average fade. Will finish a true plus pitch as other secondaries develop.
Best secondary, gets consistent swing/miss at present; shows to both RH/LH bats. Sells w/ FB arm speed and gets separation w/ above-average fade. Will finish a true plus pitch as other secondaries develop.
Control
Control 40 45 Inconsistent strikes when he loses release point. Has enough stuff to be effective even w/ fringy future control. Projecting improvements as he settles into XL frame and delivery mechanics w/ more innings.
Inconsistent strikes when he loses release point. Has enough stuff to be effective even w/ fringy future control. Projecting improvements as he settles into XL frame and delivery mechanics w/ more innings.
Attribute Present Future
Delivery Average Average
Athleticism Average Average
Pitchability Average Average
Mound Presence Plus Plus
Overall Summary
Ceiling of a #3 starter, with inconsistent in-zone location preventing true front-end-of-the rotation grade. Risk to profile given recent injury history, need to see how stuff bounces back after he returns from surgery.