An 89.4 mph changeup can be dangerous, it is either a true weapon that induces strikes or a liability if left too high in the zone, something Puk will need to watch in 2020.
We only saw Puk throw the curve 4 times in his debut with the A’s. It is his fourth pitch and it will be interesting to see how it fairs if Puk is indeed to start. He has shown command issues before in the minors so it will need to hold its ground in the bigs.
One of the most exciting prospects in baseball, Puk debuted his monster four-seamer in 2019 – it is a bullet averaging out at 97.1 mph. It registered 10.1 inches of horizontal break, 3.5 inches above league average. Expect Puk to challenge for the spot in the rotation, he will go after hitters with his heat. This pitch should rack up the Ks in 2020.
As his primary secondary pitch, Puk’s slider is a beauty. Touching 90 mph on average, the big lefty gets plus horizontal break back into the right hander. This should cause hitters a lot of grief this season.