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A.J. Puk Scouting Report


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A.J. Puk’s Info

Height: 6’7″
Weight: 225
Throws: Left
Birthday: 4-25-95
School/Year: Florida/Junior
Position: LHP

A.J. Puk’s Scouting Report

Puk was viewed as a top draft prospect in 2013, but slipped down to the 35th round because he was committed to going to college. That was probably a smart decision, since the Southpaw is now viewed as the potential top pick. Puk is a hard throwing lefty with great size and a nasty slider. He may remind some of Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson in terms of his intimidating presence on the mound. Puk still needs to improve his command and his injury issues may scare some teams away, but the potential to have an ace with three plus pitches may be hard to pass up.

Strengths

  • Solid fastball that averages 96-97 MPH
  • Three plus potential pitches
  • High baseball IQ
  • Wicked slider
  • Intimidating presence on the mound

Weaknesses

  • Injury issues
  • Needs to improve command

Pitches
Fastball: 94-99 MPH
Changeup:  MPH
Slider:  Low 80s

A.J. Puk’s Scouting Grades

Tool Grade/Projection
Command 45/55
Mechanics 50/60
Fastball 65/70
Changeup 45/55
Slider 55/65
Overall 55/65

A.J. Puk’s Stats

Year Team Age W L ERA G GS CG SHO SV IP H R ER HR BB SO WHIP
2014 Florida 19 5 2 3.19 20 7 0 0 1 42.1 33 19 15 6 18 46 1.21
2015 Florida 20 9 4 3.81 17 14 1 1 0 78 59 36 33 8 35 104 1.21
2016 Florida 21 2 3 3.21 15 15 0 0 0 70.0 50 31 25 6 31 95 1.16

A.J. Puk’s Draft Projection

Top-3 Pick

A.J. Puk’s Pro Comparison

Chris Sale – Chicago White Sox

Where could Puk end up in the draft?

Puk is starting to look like the favorite to go the Phillies with the first pick. Philadelphia might decide to go another route and take Kyle Lewis or Mickey Moniak. If that happens the Reds or Braves will take Puk.

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