A. J. Puk

Andrew Jacob "A. J." Puk (born April 25, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Oakland Athletics organization. He played college baseball for the Florida Gators.

A. J. Puk
AJ Puk (48508111546) (cropped)
Puk with the Las Vegas Aviators in 2019
Oakland Athletics
Born: April 25, 1995 (age 24)
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Bats: Left Throws: Left

Amateur career

Puk attended Washington High School in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. He was a first baseman and pitcher in baseball and also played football as a quarterback. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 35th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft, but did not sign and attended the University of Florida to play college baseball.[1]

As a freshman at Florida, Puk appeared in 19 games and made seven starts. He went 5–2 with a 3.35 earned run average (ERA), 44 strikeouts, and one save. In April 2015, Puk and a teammate were arrested and charged with third-degree criminal trespass after they climbed a crane inside a marked construction site on Florida's campus.[2] The charge was later reduced to a misdemeanor and he was briefly suspended.[3] After the suspension, Puk returned to help lead the Gators to the 2015 College World Series.[4]

Professional career

Puk was ranked among the top prospects for the 2016 Major League Baseball draft in early rankings.[5][6] The Oakland Athletics selected him in the first round with the sixth overall pick of the draft.[7] He signed a $4,069,200 contract with the A's and was assigned to the Class A Short-Season Vermont Lake Monsters.[8] He finished the 2016 season with a 0–4 record and a 3.03 ERA in ten starts.[9] Puk spent 2017 with both the Midland RockHounds and the Stockton Ports, pitching in 27 games (24 starts), posting a combined 6–10 record with a 4.03 ERA, along with 184 strikeouts in 124 innings pitched, between both teams.[10] On April 11, 2018, Puk underwent Tommy John Surgery, forcing him to miss the 2018 season.[11]


  1. ^ Baseball: Washington's Puk Headed To College Over Pros Archived June 24, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Thompson, Edgar (April 13, 2015). "UF pitchers A.J. Puk and Kirby Snead arrested, charged with third-degree criminal trespass". Orlando Sentinel.
  3. ^ Birch, Tommy (May 17, 2015). "After arrest, Florida's A.J. Puk gets career on track". Des Moines Register.
  4. ^ Johnson, Jeff (June 14, 2015). "Former Wash prep Puk emerging as standout pitcher for Florida". The Gazette.
  5. ^ Birch, Tommy (June 17, 2015). "Iowan Puk on early lists as possible top pick in 2016 MLB Draft". Des Moines Register.
  6. ^ Rawnsley, David (June 11, 2015). "2016 MLB draft preview: Names to know for next year's class - MLB - SI.com". SI.com.
  7. ^ "Oakland Athletics 2016 Draft Results". MLB.com. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  8. ^ Macklin, Oliver (June 30, 2016). "A's agree to terms with 1st-rounder Puk". MLB.com. Retrieved June 30, 2016.
  9. ^ http://www.milb.com/player/index.jsp?player_id=640462#/career/R/pitching/2016/ALL
  10. ^ "A.J. Puk Stats, Highlights, Bio - MiLB.com Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved November 10, 2017.
  11. ^ "AJ Puk undergoes TJ surgery, will miss 2018 season". MLB. Retrieved April 11, 2018.

External links

2013 Major League Baseball draft

The 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft was held from June 6 through June 8, 2013. The first two rounds were broadcast from Studio 42 of the MLB Network in Secaucus, New Jersey.

Each team received one selection per round, going in reverse order of the 2012 MLB season final standings. In addition, teams could receive compensation draft picks if they had made a qualifying offer to a free agent player from their team, and the player rejected the offer and signed with another team.

2014 Florida Gators baseball team

The 2014 Florida Gators baseball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of baseball during the 2014 college baseball season. This was the Gators' 100th season of baseball. They competed in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The team was coached by Kevin O'Sullivan, who was in his seventh season at Florida. The Gators entered the season looking to build upon their appearance in the 2013 NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated after consecutive losses to Austin Peay and Valparaiso.

2015 Florida Gators baseball team

The 2015 Florida Gators baseball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of baseball during the 2015 college baseball season. The Gators competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The team was coached by Kevin O'Sullivan in his eighth season as Florida head coach. The Gators entered the season hoping to build upon their performance in the 2014 NCAA Tournament, where they were eliminated after consecutive losses to the College of Charleston and North Carolina.

2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament began on Friday, May 29, 2015, as part of the 2015 NCAA Division I baseball season. The 64-team double-elimination tournament concluded with the 2015 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, which began on June 13 and ended on June 24 with the Virginia Cavaliers upsetting the defending champion Vanderbilt Commodores 4–2 in the decisive Game 3 and thereby avenging their CWS Finals loss to Vanderbilt the previous year.The 64 participating NCAA Division I college baseball teams were selected out of an eligible 298 teams. Thirty-one teams were awarded an automatic bid as champions of their conferences, and 33 teams were selected at-large by the NCAA Division I Baseball Committee.

Teams were divided into 16 regionals of four teams, which conducted a double-elimination tournament. Regional champions then faced each other in Super Regionals, a best-of-three series to determine the eight participants of the College World Series.Vanderbilt University and the University of Virginia split the first two games of the best-of-three championship series before Virginia won Game 3, 4–2, to win their first national championship in baseball. The two teams previously met in the championship series in 2014, which Vanderbilt won.

2015 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament

The 2015 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament was held from May 19 through May 24 at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium in Hoover, Alabama. The annual tournament determined the tournament champion of the Division I Southeastern Conference in college baseball. Florida, the tournament champion, earned the conference's automatic bid to the 2015 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.The tournament has been held every year since 1977, with LSU claiming eleven championships, the most of any school. Original members Georgia and Kentucky along with 1993 addition Arkansas have never won the tournament. This is the eighteenth consecutive year and twentieth overall that the event has been held at Hoover Metropolitan Stadium.

2016 Florida Gators baseball team

The 2016 Florida Gators baseball team represented the University of Florida in the sport of baseball during the 2016 college baseball season. The Gators competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They played their home games at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium on the university's Gainesville, Florida campus. The team was coached by Kevin O'Sullivan in his ninth season as Florida head coach. The Gators entered the season hoping to build upon their performance in the 2015 NCAA Tournament, where they finished third at the 2015 College World Series after two losses to the Virginia Cavaliers.

2016 Major League Baseball draft

The 2016 Major League Baseball (MLB) First-Year Player Draft began on June 9, 2016, to assign amateur baseball players to MLB teams.

The draft order is the reverse order of the 2015 MLB season standings. In addition, compensation picks will be distributed for players who did not sign from the 2015 MLB Draft. The Philadelphia Phillies received the first overall selection. The Los Angeles Dodgers received the 36th pick as compensation for failing to sign Kyle Funkhouser, the 35th overall selection of the 2015 MLB Draft.Teams from the smallest markets and revenue pools are eligible for competitive balance draft picks. The first six picks, Round A, were determined by lottery between the Arizona Diamondbacks, Colorado Rockies, Cincinnati Reds, Miami Marlins, San Diego Padres, Tampa Bay Rays, Milwaukee Brewers, Cleveland Indians, Oakland Athletics, Pittsburgh Pirates, Kansas City Royals, and St. Louis Cardinals. The six preceding teams that do not receive a pick in Round A were entered into a second lottery, with the Baltimore Orioles, Minnesota Twins, and Seattle Mariners, to receive the six picks in Round B. The twelve competitive balance draft picks are the only picks allowed to be traded. The Reds received the first pick in Round A, followed by the Athletics, Rockies, Diamondbacks, Marlins, and Pirates. The Padres received the first pick of Round B, followed by the Indians, Twins, Brewers, Orioles, and Rays.

2017 Oakland Athletics season

The 2017 Oakland Athletics season was the 50th for the Oakland Athletics franchise in Oakland (all at Oakland Coliseum), as well as the 117th in club history. The A's began the season on April 3 at home against Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and finished the season at the Texas Rangers on October 1. They finished the season in last place in their division and did not make the playoffs for the third consecutive season, but did finish the season on a strong note with a winning record in September.

For the first time in several years, the Coliseum featured the entire baseball configuration. The tarp covering much of the baseball seating was removed, although it remained on Mt. Davis as that section is football-only.

All-Star Futures Game all-time roster

The following is a list of players who have been selected to participate in the All-Star Futures Game from 1999 through 2019. The teams were organized as players from the United States other than Puerto Rico against players from other countries and Puerto Rico from 1999 through 2018. In 2019, the format shifted to players from American League franchises against players from National League franchises.

List of Oakland Athletics first-round draft picks

The Oakland Athletics (the A's) are a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise based in Oakland, California. They play in the American League West division. The Athletics had played in Philadelphia from 1901 to 1954 and then Kansas City from 1955 to 1967 before moving to Oakland. Since the establishment of the Rule 4 Draft the Athletics have selected 77 players in the first round. Officially known as the "First-Year Player Draft", the Rule 4 Draft is MLB's primary mechanism for assigning players from high schools, colleges, and other amateur clubs to its franchises. The draft order is determined based on the previous season's standings, with the team possessing the worst record receiving the first pick. In addition, teams which lost free agents in the previous off-season may be awarded compensatory or supplementary picks.Of these 80 players, 36 have been pitchers, the most of any position; 27 of these were right-handed, while 9 were left-handed. Fifteen outfielders, including one center fielder, and 13 shortstops were selected. The A's have also drafted six catchers, five third basemen, four first basemen, and one second baseman in the first round. Additionally, 23 players came from high schools or universities in the A's home state of California, followed by 10 from Texas and Florida. They also drafted Ariel Prieto in 1995, who had defected from Cuba the year before. Prieto made his major league debut in 1995, one of 20 players in draft history to go directly to the majors without playing in the minor leagues.Three Athletics' first-round picks have won championships with the franchise. Reggie Jackson (1966) won World Series titles with the team in 1972, 1973, and 1974. Mark McGwire (1984) and Walt Weiss (1985) won with the 1989 championship team. Four A's first-round picks have gone on to win the Rookie of the Year Award: McGwire in 1987, Weiss in 1988, Ben Grieve (1994) in 1998, and Huston Street (2004) in 2005. Jackson also won a Most Valuable Player award in 1973, and Barry Zito (1999) won a Cy Young Award in 2002, making them the A's only picks to win these awards. Reggie Jackson, elected in 1993, is their only pick in the Baseball Hall of Fame. Although eligible McGwire has not been elected despite over 500 career home runs and briefly holding the single-season home run record (70). Some see McGwire's exclusion as a sign that the Hall is hesitant to elect players suspected of using performance-enhancing drugs as McGwire was suspected of steroid use (he later admitted his use in 2010). The Athletics have made nineteen selections in the supplemental round of the draft and have made the first overall selection once: in the first draft in 1965.The Athletics have failed to sign three first-round draft picks, although they did not receive a compensation pick for any of them. The first such player not signed was Pete Broberg in 1968. The A's also failed to sign both of their draft picks in 1979, Juan Bustabad and Mike Stenhouse. The Athletics have had ten compensatory picks overall since the first draft in 1965. These additional picks are provided when a team loses a particularly valuable free agent in the previous off-season, or, more recently, if a team fails to sign a draft pick from the previous year.

Midland RockHounds

The Midland RockHounds are a minor league baseball team based in Midland, Texas. The team, which plays in the Texas League, is the Double-A affiliate of the Oakland Athletics major league club. The RockHounds play in Security Bank Ballpark, which opened in 2002 and seats 6,669 fans. The RockHounds have won seven Texas League championships: in 1975 (co-champions with the Lafayette Drillers), 2005, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

Tanner Houck

Tanner Lee Houck (born June 29, 1996) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Boston Red Sox organization of Major League Baseball (MLB). Listed at 6 feet 5 inches (1.96 m) and 210 pounds (95 kg), he throws and bats right-handed.

Texas League rosters

Below are the full rosters and coaching staff of the eight teams of Minor League Baseball's Texas League.

USA Baseball

USA Baseball is the national governing body for organized baseball in the United States and is a member of the United States Olympic Committee and the World Baseball Softball Confederation.

The organization selects and trains the World Baseball Classic, Olympic, Premier12 and Pan American Games teams (and all other USA Baseball Professional Teams); the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team; the USA Baseball 18U, 15U and 12U National Teams; and the USA Baseball Women's National Team, all of which participate in various international competitions each year. In addition, USA Baseball selects players for the 14U, 16U and 17U National Team Development Programs.

The organization is responsible for the continued proliferation and health of the sport, and leads a number of amateur initiatives through its Sport Development department, including Play Ball and Pitch Smart. USA Baseball also presents the Golden Spikes Award annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country and is responsible for creating the USABat standard.


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