Roughly two weeks after signing with the A's, left-handed pitcher A.J. Puk made his pro debut Tuesday night.
the No. 6 overall pick out of Florida pitched two scoreless innings for the Vermont Lake Monsters, the A's Class Short A affiliate in the New York-Penn league.
Puk needed 17 pitches to get through the two innings against the Auburn Doubledays.
The first batter Puk faced reached on an error. After a fielder's choice, Puk induced a double play to get out of the inning.
In the second inning, Puk recorded all three outs on ground balls.
Puk was introduced by the A's in Oakland on June 30. Prior to a game against the Giants, manager Bob Melvin spoke about Puk and compared him to a former major league pitcher.
“I was saying we should get ‘Rags’ over here because that slider looked like Dave Righetti’s slider, which was one of the best sliders in all of baseball,” Melvin told reporters on June 30. “It’s just kind of one of those disappearing sliders. It’s exciting to see him on the mound for the first time.”
The 21-year-old Puk was viewed by many as the top overall talent in this year’s draft, and the A’s were thrilled that he fell to them at the No. 6 overall pick. He agreed to a reported signing bonus of $4,069,200, the exact bonus slot recommended for the No. 6 pick.