A.J. Puk Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 7" / 248 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/25/1995 (28)
A.J. Puk Season Stats
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A.J. Puk News
Miami Marlins pitcher A.J. Puk is being stretched out as a starter as spring training gets underway. The lanky reliever has only worked out of the bullpen in the majors but was primarily a starter back in his college days at the University of Florida. He's yet to make a single start through his first 142 major league outings, according to beat writer Christina De Nicola. However, the Marlins currently have an open rotation spot and with Puk's past experience as a starter, this makes sense. In addition to Puk, Miami is also stretching out Ryan Weathers, George Soriano, and Max Meyer. Injuries have plagued Puk in the early part of his career but he's maintained relative health over the last few seasons, compiling a 3.50 ERA, 1.163 WHIP, and 154:36 K/BB ratio to go along with 19 saves over 123 innings of relief between Oakland and Miami. He's an interesting name to keep an eye on considering his past prospect pedigree. There's no guarantee he opens the year in the starting rotation but he should hold fantasy value whether he starts or comes out of the pen for the Fish.
Miami Marlins pitcher A.J. Puk is going to be stretched out as a starter ahead of the 2024 season. While there is no guarantee the club will use him out of the rotation, the current plan is for him to be stretched out in case the club has an open rotation spot next season. Once a starter in the minor leagues, the left-hander has made all of his 142 big-league appearances as a reliever. He was traded from the A's to the Marlins prior to the 2023 season and went on to toss a 3.97 ERA across 58 outings with Miami, locking down 15 saves in the process. Puk is the owner of a career 3.72 ERA across 147 2/3 big-league frames alongside 19 saves. His attractive strikeout rates make him in interesting fantasy consideration if he works out of the Marlins' rotation in 2024.
Miami Marlins right-handed pitcher A.J. Puk had another tough outing on Sunday, blowing a save opportunity in what would end up being a 3-2 win over the Colorado Rockies. Puk allowed a home run that tied the game up and then gave up another hit and a walk before being pulled with two outs in the ninth. Puk has been awful this month, blowing three saves and taking two losses while allowing nine runs (eight earned) in 7 IP. Manager Skip Shumaker said recently that Puk hadn't lost his closer job yet, but he sure didn't seem to have much confidence in him today when he pulled him after recording only two outs. Tanner Scott appears to be the next man up for the Marlins and should be a speculative add in deeper formats where saves are hard to come by.
At this point, the fascination of Oakland Athletics relief pitcherA.J. Puk in fantasy is far greater than the reality. The Athletics No. 1 prospect recovered from 2018 Tommy John surgery to throw 25 1/3 innings in the minor leagues in 2019 before reaching the majors, where he threw 11.0 innings in 10 relief appearances. Puk did well in his short MLB stint with a 3.18 ERA, 4.35 xFIP and 3.95 SIERA to go with his 13 strikeouts. Puk was unable to pitch in 2020 as he battled through shoulder issues before succumbing to surgery in September. With Mike Fiers expected to open the season on the IL, the club is looking at Puk to fill the hole in the rotation although his velocity was down from 97 mph to 92-93 mph in his first spring start. You need to go back to 2017 for the last time Puk pitched more than two innings in a game. There's no doubting his pedigree with 262 strikeouts in 183 frames in his minor league career along with a 3.98 ERA. Puk has a career 4.35 ERA atDouble-A (72 1/3 innings) and a 4.91 ERA at Triple-A (11 innings), so despite being lined up for a spot in the A's rotation, he could probably use some more development in the minors. Puk currently has an ADP of 343, so he's only being taken as a late-round flier. If he's healthy, Puk could be a star in 2021, but right now, that's a huge if.