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A.J. Puckett
A.J.  Puckett

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Danville, Calif.

High School:
De La Salle HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200

Position:
RHP

Experience:
2V

Bats/Throws:
R/R


06/18/2016

Puckett Collects All-American Award from ABCA

The junior righthander has been named to four major All-American first teams thus far.

06/16/2016

Puckett Picks Up Third All-American Award

A.J. Puckett is the fifth player in Pepperdine history to be named a first-team All-American.

06/15/2016

A.J. Puckett Named to All-West Region First Team

The Waves ace was selected 67th overall in last week's MLB Draft by the Kansas City Royals.

06/14/2016

Puckett Named Finalist for National Pitcher of the Year

Puckett already has two All-American awards this season.

06/07/2016

Puckett Garners All-American First Team From Baseball America

The Pepperdine righty is likely to be a coveted selection in this week's MLB Draft.

05/28/2016

2016 WCC Baseball Tournament

2016 WCC Baseball Tournament

04/01/2016

Baseball vs. San Francisco

Baseball vs. San Francisco

02/26/2016

Baseball vs. Texas A&M

Baseball vs. Texas A&M

Puckett Career Stats Get Acrobat Reader

2016 MLB DRAFT: Selected in the second round (67th overall) by the Kansas City Royals … Was the Royals top draft pick … Signed

JUNIOR/2016: Turned in one of the finest seasons in Pepperdine history as a junior in 2016, going 9-3 with a 1.27 ERA in his 14 starts and 99.1 innings pitched … His 1.27 ERA was tied for the third best mark in both Pepperdine and WCC history, and was the fourth best in the NCAA on the year … Recorded a streak of 45.2 consecutive scoreless innings, the third longest such streak in NCAA history … Also posted a Pepperdine record 57.1 consecutive innings without giving up an earned run … Was a consensus first-team All-American, earning the honor from Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, D1Baseball.com and the ABCA … Was named a semifinalist for the Golden Spikes Award and a finalist for National Pitcher of the Year … Became the 14th Wave to be named WCC Pitcher of the Year … Named to the All-WCC first team and WCC All-Tournament team … Earned WCC Pitcher of the Week honors twice (4/25/16, 4/18/16) … Posted the eighth best WHIP in the NCAA with a 0.92 … Struck out 95 batters (fifth in the WCC) while walking just 26 … Opponents hit just .191 against him … Had one complete-game shutout and four combined shutouts … Posted eight starts this year in which he did not allow an earned run and seven in which he did not give up a run at all … Also had five starts with at least eight strikeouts and one or fewer walks, including a complete-game shutout of Portland in which he struck out a career-high 12 batters and walked none.

SOPHOMORE/2015: Made 15 starts for the Waves as a sophomore … Tossed 97.1 innings … Led the team in strikeouts with 81 on the year and gave up just 31 walks … Had a career-high 10 strikeouts against Hawaii (3/1) … Had a win loss record of 7-5 and an ERA of 4.35 … Posted a total of two shutouts this season … Allowed a .273 opponent batting average … Tossed a complete-game shutout against Saint Mary’s (4/17), giving up five hits and no walks to earn WCC Pitcher of the Week … Also tossed a complete-game two-hit shutout against Hawaii (2/28).

FRESHMAN/2014: Made 23 appearances on the mound for the Waves in 2014 ... Started one game ... Compiled a 2-2 record and 3.58 ERA on the year ... Was fourth on the team with 50.1 innings pitched ... Struck out 43 batters and allowed 24 walks ... Allowed a .234 opponents batting average ... Made three appearances in the postseason, pitching 7.0 innings ... Picked up his first win when he threw 5.0 scoreless relief innings against then-No. 3 Cal Poly (4/29), striking out a career-high seven batters ... Threw 3.0 relief innings against Gonzaga (5/17) as the Waves came back for an 8-6 win ... Struck out six batters in 3.0 innings pitched against UNC Wilmington (3/4).

HIGH SCHOOL: Graduated from De La Salle High School in Concord, Calif. ... Played two varsity seasons for head coach David Jeans ... Posted a 19-8 career record with 106 strikeouts ... Had a 2.56 ERA with 59 strikeouts as a senior and a 2.41 ERA with 47 strikeouts as a junior ... Was an All-East Bay Athletic League honorable mention as a junior and senior ... Given the team Cy Young award as a junior and senior ... Team won the EBAL and NCS championship in 2012 ... Drafted in the 35th round by the Athletics.

CLUB: Played two seasons for the Danville Hoots and one with the Southern California Renegades ... Named MVP of the Lou Gehrig Strikeout Tournament ... Won a Western Regional Championship with the Renegades and NorCal Championship with the Hoots.

PERSONAL: Born in Walnut Creek, Calif. ... Parents are Jeff and Brenda Puckett ... Has two brothers, Jake and Jeff ... Chose Pepperdine because he wanted to continue playing baseball in a faith-based environment with high academic standards.

FAVORITES: Nolan Ryan (athlete); Oakland Athletics (team); Lightning Thief (book); For the Love of the Game (movie); Big Bang Theory (TV show); 30 Seconds to Mars (musical artist); Chinese food (food); Football (sport other than baseball)

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