A.J. Puk

Born: 04/25/1995 (Age: 23)
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
Arm Slot: High 3/4
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
Report Info
Evaluator:
Report Date: April 19th, 2017
Dates Seen: March 15th, 20th; Instructs
Level: High A
Affiliate: Stockton Ports
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Physical Description
Length through build; higher set waist; wider through lower half with excess through midsection and trunk; potential soft body; sloped shoulders with large chest through upper half, large hands; poor athletic projection and limited present athleticism; big bodied
Mechanical Notes
Very slight rock and adjustment on rubber from wind up, almost identical to stretch; slightly to first-base side; smooth leg lift, hands set away from body and break away as lift ends and delivery begins to initiate towards the plate; moderate shoulder tilt and slight closed landing, can show firm on foot strike and collapse front half; mild effort; larger arm swing with a hook and wrap in the back, doesn't get too high; good arm action with present extension, above-average arm speed, loose, easy; shoulders frequently leak and can show some rotation at times; delivery fairly repeatable with better extension possible
MLB ETA Future Floor Future Ceiling Realistic Role Risk
2019 55 60 #3 Starter Moderate
Pitch Present Future Sitting Max Comments
Fastball
Fastball 55 70 93-97 98 Quality life with exceptional hop; plays higher, mild natural tail from left side at times with giddy up, flashes intense bore; long-term command projection limited given physical and athletic restraints, confidence in pitch, mature acumen, arm action with fastball plays pitch up; frequently alters eye levels, establishes inner half, works inside and north out of zone to both establish and execute in sequence; pitch action and deception in delivery plays up dramatically; truly a special pitch.
Quality life with exceptional hop; plays higher, mild natural tail from left side at times with giddy up, flashes intense bore; long-term command projection limited given physical and athletic restraints, confidence in pitch, mature acumen, arm action with fastball plays pitch up; frequently alters eye levels, establishes inner half, works inside and north out of zone to both establish and execute in sequence; pitch action and deception in delivery plays up dramatically; truly a special pitch.
Curveball
Curveball 45 55 79-81 82 Decent wrist action and spin; 1-to-7 shape with two-plane depth with noticeable improvement to feel and confidence in pitch since picking it up during Instructs; better depth and break with above-average potential; serviceable to facilitate velocity separation off fastball and remaining firmer offerings; legitimate projection on pitch with more reps.
Decent wrist action and spin; 1-to-7 shape with two-plane depth with noticeable improvement to feel and confidence in pitch since picking it up during Instructs; better depth and break with above-average potential; serviceable to facilitate velocity separation off fastball and remaining firmer offerings; legitimate projection on pitch with more reps.
Slider
Slider 50 60 84-87 89 Flashes quality late tilting action and depth when on; has shown to be more loose spinning two plane 2-to-8 depth on occasion, can let up off arm speed and extension, tells pitch; even with slot and plane can struggle to get on top of offering; mostly executes at back-end of sequences, can struggle to manipulate and throw for strikes consistently and reliably; arm strength, arm speed more than conducive for pitch to show even higher; will play up off of fastball with more consistent execution.
Flashes quality late tilting action and depth when on; has shown to be more loose spinning two plane 2-to-8 depth on occasion, can let up off arm speed and extension, tells pitch; even with slot and plane can struggle to get on top of offering; mostly executes at back-end of sequences, can struggle to manipulate and throw for strikes consistently and reliably; arm strength, arm speed more than conducive for pitch to show even higher; will play up off of fastball with more consistent execution.
ChangeUp
ChangeUp 40 50 86-88 89 Firm with mild tumbling action with limited feel; lesser deception and arm speed replication, deliberate in executing pitch, can show more hesitance in utilizing pitch and at times forced to in sequence; can flash decent tumble and depth on occasion; will play up given fastball utility and approach on mound, and should get to average.
Firm with mild tumbling action with limited feel; lesser deception and arm speed replication, deliberate in executing pitch, can show more hesitance in utilizing pitch and at times forced to in sequence; can flash decent tumble and depth on occasion; will play up given fastball utility and approach on mound, and should get to average.
Overall Command
Overall Command 50 50  
Overall Control
Overall Control 55 55  
Overall Summary
Premium left-handed fastball with premium length; good action to spin with advanced feel and idea of how to execute at present on the mound; confident in profile actualizing off near-elite fastball. Puk has very noticeable risk given present state of his physique and potential soft body concerns; questionable athletic profile, but confident in profile being carried to a ceiling of a mid-rotation role.