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Cedar Rapids native Puk goes 6th overall in MLB Draft

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A.J. Puk wasn't the first player picked in the 2016 MLB Draft on Thursday. But he didn't have to wait all that long to hear his name called: The Oakland Athletics took him with the No. 6 pick of the first round, making him Florida's highest-drafted pitcher ever.

Puk, a 6'7" lefty and Florida junior, has dazzled scouts for years with his blazing fastball and wipeout slider/curve, and has done enough in an up-and-down Florida career to make up for somewhat underwhelming stats.

Puk is just 2-3 with a 3.21 ERA in 2016, and has never posted an ERA under 3.19 in his time at Florida, but he has been the victim of awful run support in 2016. A former star at Cedar Rapids Washington star, Puk was drafted in the 35th round in 2013 out of high school.

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