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A.J. Puckett

Born: 05/27/1995 (Age: 22)
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Height: 6' 4" Weight: 200
Mechanics
Physical: Skinny build, small waist and small limbs. Medium torso, mild projection. Average athlete.

Choppy mechanics, average extension, parts are in-sync; Three-quarter arm slot, hand stab, average arm speed, 1.34-1.36 to home.

Control: 55/60
Command: 50/55
Evaluator Greg Goldstein
Report Date 08/15/2017
Affiliate Winston-Salem Dash (High A, White Sox)
Dates Seen 8/9/2017
OFP 45
Realistic 45; No.5 Starter/Swingman
MLB ETA 2019
Video Yes
Pitch Type Present Grade Future Grade Sitting Velocity Peak Velocity Report
Fastball 50 50 91-92 94 Little life, fairly straight, plays below velo, barreled when left over plate, won’t throw by MLB hitters often, driven when elevated, needs to locate to be effective, flashed above-average command to both sides
Changeup 60 60 80-81   Possessed tumble/w fade, throws on FB plane. Soild arm speed, hitters were frequently out in front, plays at put-away offering right now. Worked low with consistency.
Curveball 40 45 74-76   11/5 shape, flashed above-average bite. Fringy depth, inconsistent break, fairly tight, hung at times. Mild-to-moderate late action, keeps mechanics/arm speed, can be tough to square. Flashed command, below-average feel at present.
Overall

Puckett is a developed 22-year-old starter who brings little projection to the table. His fastball plays down from its low-90s velo because of his inability to throw it by hitters. His change acts as a plus put-away offering when he gets to two-strike counts. The curve is fringy, too, so the command needs to be there to both sides of the plate in order for Puckett to remain effective multiple times through an order. His fastball and lack of a quality breaking ball portend a potential move away from the rotation long-term, but he has good enough command and a good enough swing-and-miss change to realistically project to reach his ceiling of a back-end innings-eater.

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