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Former Buck Puk Named Preseason All-American

Waterloo, IA – Perfect Game has announced its 2015 Preseason College All-American team and former Waterloo Buck utility player A.J. Puk was named to the first team.  Puk, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAwho is currently a sophomore at the University of Florida, was honored as the first team’s utility man and was one of three sophomores on the list.

A Cedar Rapids, Iowa native, Puk played with Waterloo in 2014, seeing time as both a position player and a pitcher.  On the mound, Puk appeared in two games, starting both and earning a 2.08 ERA with 10 strikeouts in 8.2 innings pitched.  At the plate, Puk played in 11 games, hitting .227 with two doubles and three RBI.

Last season as a freshman at Florida, Puk had over 20 appearances on the mound, including seven starts.  Puk went 5-2 with a 3.19 earned run average and totaled 46 strikeouts in 42.1 innings.  As a designated hitter and first baseman, Puk hit .222 with six RBI and three doubles for the Gators.

The entire Perfect Game Preseason College All-American team may be found here:  http://perfectgame.org/Articles/View.aspx?article=10790

The Bucks will open the 2015 season on the road versus the Alexandria Blue Anchors on May 26, but return to Waterloo for their home opener versus the Mankato MoonDogs on May 28.  Fans are encouraged to stay in touch with the Bucks in the off-season by utilizing their website at www.waterloobucks.com.

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The Waterloo Bucks are a member of the finest developmental league for elite college baseball players, the Northwoods League. Playing its 22nd season of summer collegiate baseball in 2015, the Northwoods League is the largest organized baseball league in the world with 18 teams, drawing significantly more fans, in a friendly ballpark experience, than any league of its kind. A valuable training ground for coaches, umpires and front office staff, more than 120 Northwoods League players have advanced to Major League Baseball, including Cy Young Award winner Max Scherzer (DET) and MLB All-Stars Chris Sale (CWS), Jordan Zimmermann (WAS), Curtis Granderson (NYM), Allen Craig (BOS) and Ben Zobrist (TB). All league games are viewable live via the Northwoods League Website.  For more information, visit www.waterloobucks.com.