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A. J. Puckett
Atlanta Braves
Born: (1995-05-27) May 27, 1995 (age 25)
Walnut Creek, California
Bats: Right Throws: Right

Austin Joseph Puckett (born May 27, 1995) is an American professional baseball pitcher in the Atlanta Braves organization. Prior to pitching professionally, Puckett played college baseball for the Pepperdine Waves of Pepperdine University.


Puckett attended De La Salle High School in Concord, California. He played baseball and American football for De La Salle,[1] pitching for the baseball team and playing quarterback and safety in football.[2] The Oakland Athletics selected Puckett in the 35th round of the 2013 MLB draft, but he did not sign with Oakland. Puckett then enrolled at Pepperdine University and played college baseball for the Pepperdine Waves. In 2015, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Chatham Anglers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[3] In 2016, his junior year, Puckett pitched ​45 23 innings without allowing a run, the third-longest scoreless streak in NCAA Division I history.[4] He finished his junior year with a 9–3 win-loss record, a 1.27 ERA, and 95 strikeouts to 26 walks in ​99 13 innings.[5] Puckett was named a First Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association,[6] Baseball America,[7] and Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. He was named a Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.[8]

The Kansas City Royals selected Puckett in the second round, with the 67th overall selection, of the 2016 MLB draft.[9] He signed with the Royals, receiving a $1.2 signing bonus. After signing, he was assigned to the AZL Royals, and after pitching to a 3.86 ERA in two games, he was promoted to the Lexington Legends where he posted a 2–3 record and 3.66 ERA in 11 games. He began the 2017 season with the Wilmington Blue Rocks.[10]

The Royals traded Puckett and Andre Davis to the Chicago White Sox for Melky Cabrera on July 30, 2017.[11] The White Sox assigned him to the Winston-Salem Dash. In 25 total games started between Wilmington and Winston-Salem, Puckett posted a 10–7 record with a 3.98 ERA.[12] He missed the entire 2018 season with elbow pain, and elected to undergo Tommy John surgery on March 13, 2019.[13]

On December 10, 2020, the Atlanta Braves selected Puckett in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft.[14]

Personal life

Between his sophomore and junior years of high school, Puckett suffered a brain injury. Doctors put him in a medically induced coma for three days.[1]


  1. ^ a b "Royals sign top draft pick A.J. Puckett, who battled back from brain surgery". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  2. ^ "Royals draft A.J. Puckett with No. 67 pick". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  3. ^ "#43 A.J. Puckett - Profile". Retrieved January 9, 2020.
  4. ^ Helfand, Zach. "Scoreless streak ends at 45 2/3 innings for Pepperdine's A.J. Puckett". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  5. ^ Helfand, Zach. "First a streak, then the draft for Pepperdine's A.J. Puckett, who goes No. 67". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  6. ^ "2016 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Div. I All-America Teams - American Baseball Coaches Association". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  7. ^ "ACC, SEC Powers Headline 2016 All-America Teams -". June 7, 2016. Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  8. ^ "NCBWA > News > 2016 NCBWA All-America Team". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
  9. ^ "Royals take Pepperdine pitcher A.J. Puckett in MLB Draft". Retrieved November 29, 2016.
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  11. ^ Skrbina, Paul (July 30, 2017). "Melky Cabrera the latest in a long line of White Sox to be traded". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  12. ^ "A.J. Puckett Stats, Highlights, Bio - Stats - The Official Site of Minor League Baseball". Retrieved January 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "White Sox's A.J. Puckett: Opts for Tommy John surgery". Retrieved June 25, 2019.
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