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A.J. Puk

LHP/1B

Height
6' 7"
CLASS
Fr.
Hometown
Cedar Rapids, Iowa
Weight
230 lbs.
Experience
HS
School
Washington

Major: Criminology

 

2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team

2015 NCAA Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team

2015 SEC All-Tournament Team

2015 Louisville Slugger Player of the Week (May 11)

2015 SEC Academic Honor Roll

2014 SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll

 

AS A SOPHOMORE (2015): Earned a berth on the SEC Academic Honor Roll…Made 17 appearances, 14 of which were starts, and was 9-4 with a 3.81 earned run average…With a team-leading 104 strikeouts in 78 innings, Puk became the first Gator to reach the century mark in punch-outs since Bryan Augenstein totaled 105 in 2007…He ranked fifth in the SEC in strikeouts and held opposing hitters to a .210 batting average, fourth-lowest in the league…Was 4-2 with a 5.35 ERA in eight SEC outings, including six starts, and registered a team-high 55 strikeouts in 35.1 innings…Enjoyed a tremendous postseason, compiling a 1.54 ERA in four starts, with a 2-1 record and 30 strikeouts in 23.1 innings…Was the hard-luck loser against Virginia in the teams’ first meeting at the NCAA College World Series…Held the Cavaliers to one run on four hits over 5.1 innings in the 1-0 setback and had five K…Started Game 2 of the NCAA Gainesville Super Regional versus No. 10 Florida State (4.0 IP, 4 H, 4 R, 6 K) but was not involved in the decision…Fired seven shutout innings and retired the final 14 batters he faced in an 8-2 victory over USF during the NCAA Gainesville Regional, later earning All-Tournament recognition...Yielded four singles, totaled eight strikeouts and issued one walk in claiming his fourth straight decision…Finished his outing by retiring the final 14 batters in a row and 18 of the last 19 after surrendering a third-inning infield hit….Delivered a three-hit shutout with 11 strikeouts to help the Gators advance to the semifinals of the SEC Tournament by eliminating Arkansas...Continued a strong stretch of dominant performances by reaching double-digits in strikeouts for the third time in his last four outings…Permitted three singles and was one shy of his career-best total of a dozen strikeouts…In tossing his first career shutout, Puk was supported by a balanced Gator offense that banged out 11 hits from seven of its nine starters and had seven different players drive in a run…Was named as one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week after tallying a career-high 12 strikeouts over seven innings in the second matchup with No. 8 Vanderbilt and picking up the win as the Gators evened the series…Allowed five hits and yielded two runs to the Commodores…Tossed six shutout innings, with 11 strikeouts and zero walks, in game two at Georgia…UF emerged victorious, 3-2, as Jeremy Vasquez delivered a game-winning, pinch-hit single with two down in the ninth inning…Had five strikeouts over 3.1 shutout innings in a relief stint against Alabama to earn the win in the rubber game of the series…Collected first SEC win of the campaign by going five innings versus Tennessee and registering eight strikeouts…Claimed his first start of the year by defeating Rhode Island.

 

AS A FRESHMAN (2014): Named to the SEC First-Year Academic Honor Roll…Over 20 appearances on the mound, including seven starts, Puk was 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA and totaled 46 strikeouts in 42.1 innings…Limited opponents to a .210 batting average and picked up one save…Also saw time as the Gators’ designated hitter and at first base and batted .222 (14-for-63) with eight walks, six RBI, four runs and three doubles…Went 4-1 with a 3.44 ERA in 10 SEC appearances and made starts versus Arkansas and Tennessee…Hit .214 in 15 league games, drew four walks, scored three runs and tallied three RBI…Set down all six North Carolina batters he faced during the NCAA Gainesville Regional…Drew the start in the Gators’ second SEC Tournament game against No. 6 South Carolina but was not involved in the decision (4.0 IP, 3 H, 2 R, 5 K)…Pitched five innings of one-run ball and registered five strikeouts to pick up the win as Florida clinched the outright SEC Championship with a 4-2 win at Tennessee…Was 2-for-4 and set down all three Mercer hitters he faced…Had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth inning of the finale that brought home Zack Powers as UF finished a sweep of No. 20 Alabama…Threw 2.2 scoreless innings as the Orange and Blue held off the Crimson Tide, 4-3, to secure the series…Also snapped a 3-3 tie with an RBI single in the sixth inning to drive in Peter Alonso…Chosen as the SEC Freshman of the Week on April 14 after helping the Gators to a series victory at No. 4 South Carolina…With the Gators trailing 3-0 in the eighth inning on Saturday and Buddy Reed on first base after a leadoff single, Puk delivered a pinch-hit RBI double into left center…Later scored on a one-out single by Richie Martin to bring the visitors within 3-2…After UF tied the game in the ninth inning on a sacrifice fly by Casey Turgeon and the teams played a scoreless 10th, Puk moved from first base to the mound…The southpaw earned the win with a perfect 10th, recorded two outs in the 11th, collected one out in the 12th and worked a 1-2-3 13th with two strikeouts after Justin Shafer had moved the Orange and Blue in front with a sacrifice fly…Started as designated hitter on Sunday and contributed a single during the Gators’ four-run eighth inning that turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 advantage en route to a 6-5 victory…Came through with a strikeout in the 10th inning of the opener at Texas A&M and wound up as the winner when UF plated a pair of runs in the 11th…Earned first collegiate save by notching the final two outs of Florida’s 11-10 victory at No. 19 Kentucky…Tallied six strikeouts in three innings of work against Florida Atlantic…Set a career-high with seven K over 4.1 innings in the second game of the series with UConn…First career win came at No. 17 Miami (FL)…Delivered an RBI double to plate Braden Mattson in the finale with Maryland…Debuted with three strikeouts in 2.2 innings in game two of the campaign against the Terps and was 1-for-2 with a fifth-inning single.

 

SUMMER: Played for the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team last summer, along with Gator teammates Buddy Reed, JJ Schwarz and Logan Shore…Go-to left-hander on the Team USA pitching staff appeared in four games with one start…Was 1-0 with a 2.25 ERA in 12 innings, allowing 12 hits and two walks, striking out nine…Made his Team USA debut with a shutout inning versus the CPL Select Team on June 24, striking out two…Made lone start of the summer against Chinese Taipei on June 26, a 5-2 win, surrendering just one run in 3.2 innings in Durham, striking out two…Highlight of the summer came in a combined no-hitter in the series opener versus Cuba, the first no-hitter allowed by Cuba in international play…He was the first reliever out of the bullpen in support of Tanner Houck (Missouri), tossing four innings and allowing just a walk and a runner to reach on an error in his four no-hit innings…His final outing of the summer came against Cuba on July 6, allowing six hits and two runs in 3.1 innings, striking out four…Played for the Waterloo (Iowa) Bucks in the Northwoods League in 2014, with UF teammates Dane Dunning and John Sternagel…Ranked as the No. 1 top prospect in the Northwoods League by Perfect Game…Made a pair of starts on the mound and was 0-0 with a 2.07 ERA in 8.2 innings, with 10 strikeouts…Gave up two runs over five innings in a 5-2 win over St. Cloud after tossing 3.2 scoreless frames with five strikeouts against ThunderBay…Batted .227 in 11 games, with three RBI, three runs, two doubles and a couple of walks…Started the season by going 6-for-13 (.462) over the first three games, including a two-run double versus Mankato.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: Left-handed pitcher and first baseman who played for head coach Tony Lombardi at Washington High School…Regarded as one of the nation’s top two-way prospects…Drafted in the 35th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers with the 1,056th overall pick…Was a first-team Preseason All-American by Rawlings and named to the Central All-Region First Team…Ranked No. 23 nationally and was the No. 5 left-hander in the Class of 2013 Final Rankings from Perfect Game…Was rated the No. 1 player in the state of Iowa by PG…Was listed at No. 85 in the 2013 Baseball America 500…Chosen as a first-team Preseason Underclassmen All-American by Perfect Game prior to his junior campaign…Participated in the 2012 Perfect Game All-American Classic held at PETCO Field, home of the San Diego Padres…Was a second-team all-district selection after hitting.436 with 26 RBI and two homers during his sophomore season…Had also been the Warriors’ starting quarterback and guided them into the state playoffs before switching over to baseball full-time.

 

PUK’S CAREER STATISTICS

Overall Season Statistics

YEAR

ERA

W

L

APP

GS

CG

SHO

CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2014

3.19

5

2

20

7

0

0

0

1

42.1

33

19

15

18

46

2015

3.81

9

4

17

14

1

1

0

0

78.0

59

36

33

35

104

CAREER

3.59

14

6

37

21

1

1

0

1

120.1

92

55

48

53

150

 

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2014

.222

33-16

63

4

14

3

0

0

6

8

19

0-0

2015

.261

11-8

23

2

6

3

0

0

1

3

5

0-0

CAREER

.233

44-24

86

6

20

6

0

0

7

11

24

0-0

 

SEC Regular-Season Statistics

YEAR

ERA

W

L

APP

GS

CG

SHO

CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2014

3.44

4

1

10

2

0

0

0

1

18.1

16

11

7

12

17

2015

5.35

4

2

8

6

0

0

0

0

35.1

29

23

21

16

55

CAREER

4.70

8

3

18

8

0

0

0

1

53.2

45

34

28

28

72

 

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2014

.214

15-5

28

3

6

1

0

0

3

4

8

0-0

2015

.000

2-0

1

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0

0-0

CAREER

.207

17-5

29

3

6

1

0

0

3

4

8

0-0

 

SEC Tournament Statistics

YEAR

ERA

W

L

APP

GS

CG

SHO

CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2014

4.50

0

0

1

1

0

0

0

0

4.0

3

2

2

2

5

2015

0.00

1

0

1

1

1

1

0

0

7.0

3

0

0

3

11

CAREER

1.64

1

0

2

2

1

1

0

0

11.0

6

2

2

5

16

 

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2014

.250

3-1

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0-0

CAREER

.250

3-1

4

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

3

0-0

 

NCAA Tournament Statistics

YEAR

ERA

W

L

APP

GS

CG

SHO

CBO

SV

IP

H

R

ER

BB

SO

2014

0.00

0

0

1

0

0

0

0

0

2.0

0

0

0

0

2

2015

2.20

1

1

3

3

0

0

0

0

16.1

12

5

4

7

19

CAREER

1.96

1

1

4

3

0

0

0

0

18.1

12

5

4

7

21

 

YEAR

AVG.

GP-GS

AB

R

H

2B

3B

HR

RBI

BB

SO

SB-ATT

2014

.000

1-1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0-0

CAREER

.000

1-1

3

0

0

0

0

0

0

1

0

0-0

 

PUK’S CAREER HIGHS

Innings (Starter): 7.0, 3x, last vs. USF (5/30/15)

Innings (Reliever): 3.1, 2x, last vs. Alabama (3/28/15)

Strikeouts: 12 vs. Vanderbilt (5/8/15)

Hits Allowed: 9 vs. Missouri (4/4/15)

Runs: 9 vs. Missouri (4/4/15)

Earned Runs: 9 vs. Missouri (4/4/15)

Walks: 4, 2x, last vs. Ole Miss-1 (3/21/15)

 

At Bats: 5 vs. USF (2/18/15)

Runs Scored: 1, 6x, last vs. Rhode Island (2/14/15)

Hits: 2, 2x, last vs. Miami (FL) (2/22/15)

RBI: 1, 7x, last vs. Florida Atlantic (2/24/15)

Doubles: 1, 6x, last vs. Stony Brook (2/27/15)

Triples: None

Home Runs: None

Walks: 1, 11x, last vs. Fairfield (3/10/15)

Stolen Bases: None

Hit Streak: 4 games, 2x, last (4/27-5/8/14)

 

 

 

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