A.J. Puk Stats
- Height / Weight
- 6' 7" / 248 lbs.
- Date of Birth (Age)
- 4/25/1995 (26)
A.J. Puk Season Stats
Last 10 Games
A.J. Puk News
Oakland Athletics relief pitcher A.J. Puk threw another scoreless inning Monday at the White Sox to bring his season total up to 7 1/3 shutout innings as a reliever. Puk is the top pitching prospect in the A's organization, but he has not been able to stay on the field thanks to a litany of injuries over the years. He's using a new sinker this season which has a 16.7% whiff rate and has not given up a hit across 41 pitches. Obviously, we're dealing with a very small sample, but it's a good place to start for a pitcher that has always had huge potential. He won't collect saves with Lou Trivino in town, but managers looking for help with ERA and WHIP should consider Puk as a fantasy option.
The Oakland Athletics have recalled left-hander A.J. Puk before Tuesday's game against the Cleveland Indians. Puk, rated as the second-best prospect in Oakland's system, has made one appearance this season back in April and has been in Triple-A since. He has put up subpar numbers in the minors this year, posting a 6.08 ERA while allowing 2.25 HR/9. Puk has a big arm that will generate plenty of strikeouts. However, he doesn't have much fantasy value until he can secure a spot in the Athletic's rotation or pitch well enough to start appearing in high leverage situations. In a corresponding move, Oakland designated reliever J.B. Wendelken for assignment.
Oakland Athletics pitcher A.J. Puk (bicep) has been activated off the 10-day injured list on Friday. The young left-hander has been optioned to Triple-A, following his stint on the injured list. He pitched well during his lone big league appearance, but will remain in the minors right now. Possibly, the team wants to stretch him out before having Puk return to the MLB roster. Fantasy managers can ignore Puk until he returns to the big league roster.
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.