A.J. Puckett
A.J.  Puckett


Danville, Calif.

High School:
De La Salle HS

Height / Weight:
6-4 / 200





Waves in the Pros 2017 Recap

Pepperdine has produced a total of 34 major league players.


Puckett Collects All-American Award from ABCA

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


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.


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.


Puckett Named Finalist for National Pitcher of the Year

Puckett already has two All-American awards this season.


2016 WCC Baseball Tournament

2016 WCC Baseball Tournament


Baseball vs. San Francisco

Baseball vs. San Francisco


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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