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73 J.B. Bukauskas RP

Arizona Diamondbacks

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June 29, 2020 04:56 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Added to 60-man pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas will be a part of the Diamondbacks' 60-man summer camp.

Bukauskas, who is not on the 40-man roster, will get a camp invite to gauge if some of the right-hander's raw potential can translate to utility at the highest level this season. He arrived in Arizona via the Zack Greinke trade last July, but his season was cut short due to elbow and wrist issues. Bukauskas had posted a 5.44 ERA with two Double-A clubs last season, and saw brief work with the D-Backs in spring training in 2020 before games were shut down due tot he pandemic.

April 3, 2020 10:32 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Needs to command slider
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas is working to better command his slider ahead of the 2020 season, Mike Rosenbaum of MLB.com reports.

Bukauskas has power stuff but harnessing it has been a challenge, according to Diamondbacks director of pro scouting Josh Barfield. "Command of the [slider] is going to be huge for him," Barfield noted. "He has a big arm and is really an aggressive guy, so being able to land his breaking ball is key for him, because big-league hitters won't chase out of the zone as much and can punish fastballs." Bukauskas posted a 5.44 ERA and 1.62 WHIP over 92.2 innings with 109 strikeouts and 59 walks at the Double-A Level. Barfield said the Diamondbacks will work with the 23-year-old right-hander on pitch usage as well, getting him to be more economical.

March 6, 2020 10:24 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Makes spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (wrist) allowed one hit over a scoreless inning in Thursday's spring game against the Rangers.

Bukauskas escaped unscathed in his spring debut despite surrendering a couple of hard-hit balls. The right-hander, whose 2019 was cut short by an elbow injury, was delayed this spring due to a minor wrist injury. "I just wanted to feel good, more than anything," Bukauskas told Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. "Have the wrist and elbow feel good. They did, so the fact that it was a clean inning was good enough for me." Bukauskas' fastball sat in the mid-90s.

March 4, 2020 06:56 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Debut coming
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (wrist) is scheduled to make his spring debut Thursday, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Bukauskas, who was one of the pieces the Diamondbacks acquired from the Astros in the Zack Greinke deal last year, has been dealing with a minor wrist injury. Piecoro notes Bukauskas paired a mid-90s fastball with a wipeout slider during his spring throwing sessions. A consistent third pitch (changeup) has been elusive thus far in the minors. The 23-year-old right-hander hasn't lived up to the hype of being a first-round draft pick in 2017, and he could eventually transition to relief.

February 16, 2020 10:08 AM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Elbow fine, now it's wrist
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas said his elbow is back to normal, but Arizona manager Torey Lovullo said the right-hander is experiencing discomfort in his wrist, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Lovullo expects Bukauskas to get back to the mound at some point this week. The 23-year-old starter, who was acquired from Houston in the Zack Greinke deal, was the 15th overall pick in the 2017 draft, but he didn't throw strikes consistently in 2019. He registered 5.7 BB/9 in Double-A while pitching to a 5.44 ERA.

January 21, 2020 03:56 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Joining major-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (elbow) will join the Diamondbacks' big-league camp, source reports.

Bukauskas was shut down by elbow soreness after making just two appearances in the Diamondbacks' system following his deadline-day move from Houston in the Zack Greinke trade. It's not clear whether the issue is expected to affect him heading into camp.

August 15, 2019 03:00 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Dealing with elbow soreness
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas has been placed on the minor-league injured list with elbow soreness, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Bukauskas, who was one of four players acquired from Houston in the Zack Greinke trade, is headed back to Phoenix for an evaluation. In two starts at Double-A Jackson since the trade, the right-hander has allowed six runs on 10 hits and five walks over 10 innings.

July 31, 2019 04:32 PM
Diamondbacks' J.B. Bukauskas: Traded to Arizona
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was traded from the Astros to the Diamondbacks along with Corbin Martin, Seth Beer and Josh Rojas in exchange for Zack Greinke, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.

In what could have been a breakout season for the 6-foot righty, Bukauskas' prospect stock has taken a slight hit. He has a 5.25 ERA, 1.58 WHIP and 98 strikeouts in 85.2 innings at Double-A. The jury is still out on whether he will throw enough quality strikes to stick in the rotation long term. If that fails, his fastball/slider combo could make him a lights-out reliever.

March 13, 2019 04:00 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Moves to minor-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas headed to minor-league camp Tuesday, Jake Kaplan of The Athletic reports.

Bukauskas got to throw seven innings on the big-league side, allowing just a single run on three hits while posting an 8:5 K:BB. That high walk rate will be his main challenge as he looks to climb multiple levels this season.

January 22, 2019 02:48 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Headed to major-league camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was invited to the Astros' major-league camp Tuesday, Chandler Rome of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bukauskas missed time early in the season due to a back injury, but he impressed upon his return, compiling a combined 2.14 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 71:24 K:BB across 14 starts (59 innings) with five different affiliates (rookie ball to Double-A). The 22-year-old figures to open the 2019 season with either Double-A Corpus Christi or Triple-A Fresno, though Bukauskas could reach the majors in some capacity if he continues to dominate in the upper minors.

September 4, 2018 10:28 AM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Moves up to Double-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas made his debut at Double-A Corpus Christi on Sunday, striking out eight over six scoreless innings while giving up just one hit and two walks.

Though he was sidelined for more than two months earlier in the season with an injury, the setback didn't derail what has been a banner campaign for the 21-year-old right-hander. Bukauskas has been sharp across stops at five different affiliates, most recently earning a promotion from the Carolina League after posting a 1.61 ERA and 0.93 WHIP while limiting opposing batters to a .138 average over five starts with High-A Buies Creek. He will pitch in the Arizona Fall League to make up for lost time and has an outside shot at reaching the big leagues in the second half of next season.

August 17, 2018 02:24 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Lights out at High-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas spun seven shutout innings for High-A Buies Creek in its 5-0 win over Winston-Salem on Wednesday. He allowed one hit and one walk and struck out five.

The right-hander had his development interrupted earlier this season when he was shut down for nearly two months due to injury, but he has been nothing short of spectacular since moving to the Carolina League earlier in August. Through three starts, the North Carolina product has given up just two runs over 18 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .136 average. With a hot finish to the campaign, the 21-year-old could have a shot at opening the 2019 season at Double-A Corpus Christi.

July 23, 2018 03:24 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Reinstated from DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was reinstated from the 7-day disabled list at Low-A Quad Cities and started Saturday in the affiliate's 4-0 win over West Michigan, tossing five scoreless innings and striking out seven.

Prior to his activation, Bukauskas made one start in the Gulf Coast League and another three in the New York-Penn League. The 21-year-old, who was a first-round selection in the 2017 first-year player draft, will likely have his pitch counts monitored carefully in his first few outings back from the injury, which had kept him on the shelf for nearly three months.

July 4, 2018 02:20 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Making start for short-season club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas (undisclosed) will make his second rehab start for short-season Tri-City on Wednesday.

The 21-year-old opened his second professional season at Low-A Quad Cities, making two starts before landing on the 7-day disabled list with the undisclosed injury. He was sidelined for nearly two months before getting back on the mound June 29 for the Astros' Gulf Coast League affiliate, tossing 1.2 innings in that start and giving up two runs on five hits and no walks. Bukauskas will presumably have a longer leash in Wednesday's outing and could move back to Quad Cities for his subsequent start.

May 3, 2018 07:24 AM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Placed on DL
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas has been placed on the 7-day disabled list with an undisclosed injury, the Quad-City Times reports.

Bukauskas, the Astros' first-round pick in 2017, is 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in two starts for Low-A Quad Cities.

January 28, 2018 12:48 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Hits top-100 on Pipeline
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas is ranked 76th overall on MLB Pipeline's top-100 prospects.

Bukauskas, the Astros' sixth-ranked prospect per RotoWire, was selected in the first round (15th overall) of the 2017 draft. The 21-year-old right-hander has an advanced 1-2 combination with a mid-90s sinking fastball and a mid-80s slider. After a full season at the University of North Carolina in 2017, the 6-footer made three abbreviated starts at the lower levels of Houston's organization, finishing up at short-season Tri-City of the New York-Penn League. There's thought among the talent-evaluation community that Bukauskas will eventually become a reliever, but at this point, the Astros are high on him as a starter. They'll be looking for him to develop a third pitch and tone down a delivery that takes considerable effort. If the Astros decide to move him to the pen, Bukauskas has closer upside and should move up rapidly.

August 10, 2017 11:12 AM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Making Tri-City debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas will start for short-season Tri-City on Thursday, Jake Kaplan of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bukauskas, who was promoted after making one start for the Astros' affiliate in the rookie-level Gulf Coast League, will be making his debut for Tri-City. His workload will be limited during his first partial season in professional ball after coming off a full collegiate season at the University of North Carolina.

August 6, 2017 09:12 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Promoted to short-season affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas was promoted Sunday to the Astros' short-season affiliate at Tri-City, MiLB.com reports.

The 15th overall pick was masterful in his lone start with the Astros' rookie-level Gulf Coast League affiliate, tossing four scoreless frames and striking out three. At 6-foot, Bukauskas lacks the prototyical size associated with most power arms, but he demonstrated plenty of strikeout potential during his collegiate career at North Carolina thanks to a vicious breaking ball and mid-90s fastball. Both offerings looked sharp in his professional debut. It's only expected that Bukauskas will make a few starts with Tri-City before preparing for an assignment to a full-season affiliate in 2018.

July 8, 2017 06:32 PM
Astros' J.B. Bukauskas: Joining Gulf Coast League affiliate
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Bukauskas will head to Florida on Saturday to join the Astros' Rookie-level affiliate in the Gulf Coast League, Adam Coleman of the Houston Chronicle reports.

Bukauskas, Houston's first-round draft pick (15th overall) in the 2017 draft, signed with the team earlier this week. The right-hander is coming off a strong season at the University of North Carolina, where he went 9-1 with a 2.53 ERA, 116 strikeouts and a .188 opponent batting average. After throwing a career-high 92 innings and returning to action after an extended layoff since his college career ended, Bukauskas will need to be brought along slowly in the GCL.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-0/195
Birthdate:
10/11/1996
Age:
23
Hometown:
Ashburn, VA
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Arizona Diamondbacks
College:
North Carolina
MLB Experience:
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