Jakob Junis
Jakob Junis
28-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
The Royals have a type of pitcher they like, as evidenced by Brad Keller and Junis. Throw fastballs and sliders, and we'll try to see what happens. That has been the case with Junis, and the slider is easily his best pitch. He leveraged it successfully in both 2018 and 2019, throwing it with a high degree of success to hide his rather hittable fastball. Do whatever you will with the small sample of 2020, but the fact remains Junis was getting strikeouts despite his limitations in other seasons. The main issue is his repertoire leaves him susceptible to lefties who have little trouble hitting him, so he attempts to pitch around them and get to the next righty in the lineup. He can contribute strikeouts to your bottom line, but they'll come at the expense of your ratios. He does not walk many, but the non-slider offerings are too hittable. Read Past Outlooks
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#599
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$Signed a one-year, $1.7 million deal with the Royals in December of 2020.
Working on new pitches
PKansas City Royals
February 25, 2021
Junis has worked on a cutter and changeup this offseason, Alec Lewis of The Athletic reported.
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Junis is known for his slider, which has dominated his pitch mix the last few seasons. However, he's struggled with his fastball and had inconsistent overall results, so a new pitch would theoretically help keep opposing batters more off balance. Junis will be competing for a role in the Royals' rotation throughout spring training.
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Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
49
Last 10 Games
49
Last 5 Games
37
How many pitches does Jakob Junis generally throw?
 
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% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-13%
BAA vs RHP
2020
 
 
-15%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2018vs Left .294 859 170 58 229 42 4 31
Since 2018vs Right .255 784 177 49 181 27 2 39
2020vs Left .354 69 10 2 23 3 0 5
2020vs Right .300 45 9 4 12 2 0 2
2019vs Left .298 411 90 31 111 23 2 13
2019vs Right .250 360 74 27 81 14 0 18
2018vs Left .278 379 70 25 95 16 2 13
2018vs Right .254 379 94 18 88 11 2 19
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2018
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2020
 
 
-66%
ERA at Home
2019
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2018Home 5.12 1.35 212.2 9 16 0 8.1 2.5 1.6
Since 2018Away 4.69 1.39 165.0 9 12 0 8.5 2.7 1.7
2020Home 3.60 1.40 15.0 0 1 0 4.8 2.4 1.8
2020Away 10.45 1.94 10.1 0 1 0 9.6 1.7 3.5
2019Home 5.85 1.45 97.0 4 8 0 8.3 2.8 1.2
2019Away 4.48 1.39 78.1 5 6 0 8.6 3.2 2.1
2018Home 4.65 1.25 100.2 5 7 0 8.4 2.1 2.0
2018Away 4.13 1.31 76.1 4 5 0 8.3 2.2 1.2
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Stat Review
How does Jakob Junis compare to other starting pitchers?
This section compares his stats with all starting pitcher seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 120 innings)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity, Barrels/BBE %, Balls Hit 95+ MPH %, and Spin Rate are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 120 IP). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • K/BB
    Strikeout to walk ratio.
  • K/9
    Average strikeouts per nine innings.
  • BB/9
    Average walks per nine innings.
  • HR/9
    Average home runs allowed per nine innings.
  • Fastball
    Average fastball velocity.
  • ERA
    Earned run average. The average earned runs allowed per nine innings.
  • WHIP
    Walks plus hits per inning pitched.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many balls in play against a pitcher go for hits.
  • GB/FB
    Groundball to flyball ratio. The higher the number, the more likely a pitcher is to induce groundballs.
  • Left On Base
    The percentage of base runners that a pitcher strands on base over the course of a season.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Barrels/BBE
    The percentage of batted ball events resulting in a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Spin Rate
    Spin Rate is the rate of spin on a baseball after it is released. It is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm).
  • Balls Hit 95+ MPH
    The percentage of batted balls hit that met or exceeded the 95 MPH threshold.
  • Swinging Strike
    The percentage of pitches that result in a swing and a miss.
K/BB
3.17
 
K/9
6.8
 
BB/9
2.1
 
HR/9
2.5
 
Fastball
91.0 mph
 
ERA
6.39
 
WHIP
1.62
 
BABIP
.348
 
GB/FB
1.63
 
Left On Base
73.7%
 
Exit Velocity
83.3 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
5.1%
 
Spin Rate
2230 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
26.1%
 
Swinging Strike
9.4%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After being a league average pitcher for a couple of seasons, Junis fell back last year, exhibiting poorer control while allowing harder contact. The result was a bloated 1.43 WHIP along with a lofty 5.43 ERA. The damage could have been worse, except Junis did a slightly better job keeping the ball in the yard despite the reduced-drag ball. Junis features a 92-mph fastball, slider, sinker and change. His slider is his most effective pitch as he throws it 10-mph slower than his heater, whereas his sinker is just a tick below 92 and his changeup is a scant seven-mph slower. Junis' swinging-strike rate has increased the last two seasons, but the overall leap from 8.9% to 9.8% isn't enough to significantly improve his strikeout rate. Junis could revert to 2017-2018 levels, and a league average hurler can be an asset, especially in formats facilitating streaming. However, the days of hoping for more are over.
There has been a push to have pitchers throw fewer fastballs and use their secondary pitches more frequently. It goes against the mantra of getting ahead early with fastballs and putting guys away with non-strikes, but if there were ever a pitcher for this theory, it is Junis. He has a gorgeous slider that looks like a confused Florida tourist as it tries to find the exit for Disney World. It stops, looks around and changes directions without a turn signal. The problem for Junis is that it is his only good pitch, as the rest of his stuff grades out as below league average. This is why he gave up 32 homers in 30 starts while pitching in a division that had just one team with a winning record. The slider is so good that his splits are not as bad as one would assume them to be, but the home runs are a problem that offsets what he brings to the table with a 16.0 K-BB%.
With Junis, the sum is greater than the parts. He doesn't throw especially hard, averaging just over 91 mph with his fastball. His slider has good sweeping movement, but it does not result in a whole lot of swings out of the zone (8.9 percent swinging-strike rate) or groundballs (40.1 percent groundball rate). However, by commanding those two pitches and mixing in occasional curveballs and changeups, Junis found a good amount of success in his debut with the Royals, especially in the second half (3.55 ERA, 1.09 WHIP, 52:9 K:BB). It's impossible to project him for a 3.5 percent walk rate -- his post-ASG mark -- over the course of a full season, but Junis has a strong track record of control in the minor leagues, and workload is not a big concern after he totaled 169.1 innings between the majors and Triple-A last season. He should have a rotation spot out of camp, and the home park is a big plus in his favor.
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Comes to terms with Royals
PKansas City Royals
December 1, 2020
Junis agreed to a one-year, $1.7 million contract with the Royals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration, Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports.
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Rejoins big club
PKansas City Royals
September 23, 2020
Junis was recalled from the alternate training site Wednesday.
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Demoted after spot start
PKansas City Royals
September 16, 2020
The Royals optioned Junis to their alternate training site Wednesday.
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Roughed up in loss
PKansas City Royals
September 15, 2020
Junis (0-2) pitched 2.1 innings Tuesday, allowing five runs on seven hits and a walk, as the Royals fell 6-0 to the Tigers. He struck out two.
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Surrenders five runs
PKansas City Royals
September 8, 2020
Junis gave up five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and zero walks over 4.1 innings during Tuesday's win over the Indians. He didn't qualify for the decision.
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