By: Noah Wright
Photo: Ben Margot, Associated Press
A’s #1 prospect (as rated by MLB.com), A.J. Puk was shut down last week with biceps soreness in his throwing (left) elbow, but will likely need Tommy John surgery to repair UCL damage in his left elbow. He will be out an estimated 12-15 months.
Puk, 22, was originally drafted by The Tigers in the 35th round of The 2013 draft, but did not sign. He was then drafted by The A’s in the 1st round (6th overall) in The 2016 MLB draft. The hard throwing lefty has rated as a top 100 prospect the last 2 years.
This is a blow to The A’s future plans, as he was predicted to make his debut this year, and be a large piece of The A’s rotation for a handful of years to come, but now will need at least a whole year to recover from this surgery.