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State of the System: Oakland A’s

Puk, Puason help strike balance as club looks to remain contenders
December 18, 2020

Starting in October and running through the end of the year,'s State of the System series will evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of each Major League organization, highlights prospects who've made the biggest strides in 2020 and offers a peek at 2021. So much was different during the 60-game

Athletics southpaw Puk goes on Injured List

Oakland's third-ranked prospect bothered by shoulder strain
July 21, 2020

The start of the 60-game Major League season is less than a week away, and the Athletics will begin play without one of their top youngsters. Third-ranked Oakland prospect A.J. Puk was placed on the Injured List on Monday afternoon with a shoulder strain. He met with a doctor in

Prospects in the Athletics' 2020 player pool

Talented Oakland system ready to fill the gaps when needed
July 3, 2020

As part of the new rules for the 2020 Major League season, each of the 30 organizations will maintain a 60-man player pool for the duration of the campaign. Some members of the player pool will feature on the active Major League roster while others will work out at an

Buddy system: Puk, Reed reunite with A's

Former Gators-turned-roomates playing for same team again
March 3, 2020

MESA, Arizona -- When Buddy Reed found out he'd been traded to the A's in December, he immediately called three people. The first, his father, Michael. Secondly, his agent. And then his roommate ... so he could tell him that they were going to be teammates -- again. The latter was

Winter Meetings notes: A's, Rays, Angels

Prospect updates on Luzardo, Puk, Murphy, McKay, Adell
December 10, 2019

SAN DIEGO -- Bob Melvin has led some pretty good A's teams since becoming Oakland manager in 2011, including back-to-back 97-win clubs in the past two seasons. Yet he's particularly excited about the 2020 campaign for two big prospect-related reasons -- top prospectJesus Luzardo and No. 2 A.J. Puk."We've been

A's to call up Puk for big league debut

No. 43 overall prospect joining Oakland bullpen on Tuesday
August 19, 2019

With Tommy John surgery behind him, lefty A.J. Puk is ready for The Show.The A's will call up their No. 2 prospect (No. 43 overall) on Tuesday for his Major League debut, according to's Martín Gallegos. Oakland has the day off Monday before beginning a three-game home series against

A's promote Puk to Triple-A Las Vegas

No. 34 overall prospect headed to Minors' top level for first time
July 23, 2019

A.J. Puk's path from Tommy John surgery to the Major Leagues is taking another step forward -- to the Pacific Coast League.The A's promoted's No. 34 overall prospect from Double-A Midland to Triple-A Las Vegas, the club made official Tuesday.

Puk ready for more in return to mound

A's No. 2 prospect looking to prove he's set for big league debut
July 16, 2019

Any pitcher will tell you there's never a good time to undergo Tommy John surgery. But there may be times that are more frustrating than others. A.J. Puk was on the brink of the Majors when he discovered he needed the operation."I was [angry]," he lamented. "I was on the

Luzardo fans nine, leaves Ports for Aviators

A's top prospect allows a run over four frames in final Cal outing
June 16, 2019

Jesus Luzardo's last outing in the California League was his final one. He's jumping back to the Pacific Coast League.Oakland's top prospect allowed an earned run on four hits while striking out nine batters over four innings of relief in Class A Advanced Stockton's 10-2 romp over Modesto at John

Luzardo, Puk strong in returns for Ports

Top two A's prospects throw 33 pitches each in season debuts
June 12, 2019

The Stockton Ports hosted the highly anticipated season debut of a top A's pitching prospect Tuesday night. Then they did it again.A.J. Puk,'s No. 35 overall prospect, struck out four over two innings, allowing one run in his first appearance since 2017. He was followed by 13th-ranked Jesus Luzardo, who threw

Report: Puk to make 2019 debut with Ports

A's No. 2 prospect to start Tuesday; Luzardo to follow from 'pen
June 8, 2019

The top two prospects in the A's system haven't pitched in a Minor League game all season. That's expected to change this week.Oakland No. 2 prospect A.J. Puk will start for Class A Advanced Stockton against San Jose on Tuesday, according to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle. The left-hander had Tommy John

Athletics Prospect Primer: Arms rising

Luzardo, Puk getting closer to taking Oakland center stage
March 27, 2019

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2019 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Shining star: Jesus Luzardo, LHPIt

Surprising A's have pitching reinforcements

Several of team's top hurlers standing out in system on the rise
August 22, 2018

The only thing that may be more surprising than what the Oakland A's are doing at the Major League level -- battling for a playoff spot atop the American League West -- is what the organization has going on in the Minors.A farm system that garnered minimal attention heading into

A's Puk undergoes Tommy John surgery

Oakland's No. 1 prospect expected to miss 12 to 18 months
April 11, 2018

What had the potential to be a promising year for A.J. Puk is over before it even started. The top-ranked A's prospect  will miss the 2018 campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow, the team said Wednesday. Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Neal ElAttrache performed

A's Prospect Primer: Puk gets oh-so-close

Lefty racked up strikeouts in '17; Neuse, Luzardo could make waves
March 29, 2018

Some players are on the verge of stardom, others are entering a crucial phase of their development and still others are getting their first tastes of full-season ball. With the 2018 season approaching, takes a look at the most intriguing prospects from each MLB organization.Major League ready: A.J. Puk, LHPLooking

Tommy John surgery recommended for Puk

Oakland's top prospect suffered a torn ligament in his left elbow
March 27, 2018

What was initially deemed a minor issue has turned into something worse for A.J. Puk. The A's said Tuesday that Dr. James Andrews has recommended Tommy John surgery for their top prospect to repair the ulnar collateral ligament in his left elbow. Puk was shut down last Wednesday after he reportedly

A's Puk reportedly has left biceps tendinitis

No. 2 left-handed prospect will resume throwing in near future
March 21, 2018

The risky nature of pitching claimed another A's hurler on Wednesday, although it appears A.J. Puk will be just fine.Oakland's top prospect has been shut down with left biceps tendinitis, the San Francisco Chronicle reported. Puk underwent an MRI that showed no major structural damage. The injury is not thought to be

Astros reassign Tucker after strong spring

Outfielder hit .410; A's Puk, Yankees' Florial also sent to Minors
March 18, 2018

Kyle Tucker said goodbye to Major League teammates on Sunday, but it won't be for long.The Astros sent their top hitting prospect to Minor League camp, but he will make the trip to Houston for two exhibition games against the Brewers next week.

Farm System Rankings: Pitchers (20-11)

Stacked Tigers, A's lefties Puk, Luzardo lead mid-tier arms race
March 6, 2018

With Spring Training underway and the 2018 season almost upon us, will look at the state of all 30 farm systems over the next couple weeks and rank them, according to certain changing criterion with each edition. After looking at position player prospects (30-21, 20-11, 10-1), this edition focuses

Olson, Puk on the rise for Oakland

Power lefties -- at the plate, on the mound -- provide hope for A's
November 22, 2017

This offseason, is taking a look at the most outstanding campaigns by players in each system across Minor League Baseball and honoring the players -- regardless of age or prospect status -- who had the best seasons in their organization.Oakland improved its record for the second straight season, winning

Toolshed: FIP statistic gives Puk a solid A

No. 2 Oakland prospect racked up K's while limiting walks, homers
September 27, 2017

During the season, the Oakland Athletics give their pitching prospects what they call green sheets -- documents with different sets of statistics measuring how well the hurler is meeting objectives. Once a month, A's prospects are shown their first-pitch strike percentage, 1-1 conversion rate, walk rate, popup rate and ground-ball

RockHounds' Puk ties career high with 13 K's

Missions' Lauer hurls seven one-hit innings on other side of duel
September 1, 2017

Throughout August, A.J. Puk has felt everything come together on the mound for Double-A Midland. But Oakland's No. 2 prospect might have saved his best performance for last. Puk (2-5) matched a career high with 13 strikeouts, allowing two unearned runs on seven hits in six innings, but the RockHounds fell

Prospect Roundup: Games of Aug. 20

Acuna continues to tear up Triple-A; German stars as starter
August 21, 2017

Braves OF Ronald Acuña Jr., Triple-A Gwinnett: 3-for-5, 2B, 2 RBI, R, K -- What can possibly stop the Braves' top prospect in 2017? Acuna extended his hitting streak to eight games Sunday with his third straight multi-hit performance. Since joining Gwinnett on July 13, the 19-year-old is hitting .355/.417/.618 with

Puk posts professional-best 13 punchouts

A's No. 2 prospect making himself comfortable in Texas League
August 3, 2017

A.J. Puk has begun to show Texas League hitters the elite stuff that made him the sixth overall pick in last year's Draft.Oakland's top pitching prospect posted a career-high 13 strikeouts Thursday while allowing three runs on three hits and a pair of walks over 6 2/3 frames as Double-A Midland

Prospect Roundup: Games of June 14

Alvarez enjoys perfect day; Puk says farewell to Ports in style
June 15, 2017

Braves 2B Ozzie Albies, Triple-A Gwinnett: 3-for-5, 2B, RBI, R, 2 K, 2 SB -- The Braves' top prospect missed eight days with a bruised foot, but hasn't lost a step since his return Tuesday. The 20-year-old switch-hitter went 2-for-5 with a triple and a double in his first game back