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When the Oakland A's called A.J. Puk's name with the sixth overall pick in the 2016 MLB Draft, Puk became the A's highest draft selection since the team selected Barry Zito with the ninth-overall pick in 1999. Puk struck-out 249 in 192 innings over his three-year career at the University of Florida.
Puk spent his pro debut season with short-season Vermont, where he started 10 games and posted a 3.03 ERA and a 40:12 K:BB in 32.2 innings. He recently completed a stint at the A's fall Instructional League, where he worked on simplifying his delivery and throwing his change-up more often. Puk will enter the 2017 season as the A's top starting pitching prospect.