Like most youngsters attending a summer camp, A's pitching prospect A.J. Puk wanted to make a good impression upon his arrival.
But no one was ready for Puk's appearance Sunday.
The prized left-hander showed up to the Oakland Coliseum for the A's Summer Camp workout minus his trademark long blonde hair.
Yes, Puk got a haircut. Not just a trim. It's all gone.
A.J. Puk cut his hair.. pic.twitter.com/pocd6DoRxW— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 5, 2020
Teammate Sean Manaea couldn't believe the rookie cut all of his hair off.
Sean Manaea, who also got a haircut, on A.J. Puk's haircut: “I was not expecting that at all. I thought that was his baby and he was going to keep that forever. I guess quarantine does that to people.”— Martín Gallegos (@MartinJGallegos) July 5, 2020
Sometimes, everyone needs a fresh look, including Puk, who was known for his flowing hair.
Hair or no hair, the A's are expecting big things from Puk this season. The 2016 first-round draft pick will compete for a spot in Oakland's rotation. If Puk and fellow pitching prospect Jesus Luzardo win starting jobs, the A's could have one of the best rotations in baseball.
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Manager Bob Melvin used Puk out of the bullpen last season, with the left-hander appearing in 10 games. The 25-year-old posted a 3.18 ERA and 13 strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings pitched.
But now, Puk, without his hair, will look to help the A's win the World Series by being a part of their rotation.
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