Jakob Junis
Jakob Junis
26-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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%. Read Past Outlooks
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Strikes out seven in no-decision
PKansas City Royals
May 25, 2019
Junis threw six innings in a no-decision Saturday, giving up three runs on six hits, striking out seven and walking two as the Royals lost to the Yankees 7-3.
Junis delivered his third quality start of the season with the effort. The 26-year-old allowed a pair of runs in the first inning on a Clint Frazier double and one more in the sixth on a sacrifice fly by Gio Urshela. Junis is now sporting a 5.58 ERA and a 1.48 WHIP through 61.1 innings. His next outing is scheduled for Thursday on the road against the Rangers.
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Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .280 718 131 48 182 33 4 25
Since 2017vs Right .256 734 167 43 170 27 3 32
2019vs Left .292 125 23 9 33 7 1 5
2019vs Right .269 147 31 14 35 8 0 5
2018vs Left .278 379 70 25 95 16 2 13
2018vs Right .254 379 94 18 88 11 2 19
2017vs Left .278 214 38 14 54 10 1 7
2017vs Right .250 208 42 11 47 8 1 8
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Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
ERA at Home
ERA on Road
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ERA at Home
Since 2017Home 4.55 1.31 178.0 10 9 0 8.3 2.4 1.5
Since 2017Away 4.65 1.32 158.2 11 11 0 7.5 2.4 1.5
2019Home 5.79 1.50 32.2 2 2 0 8.0 3.3 0.8
2019Away 5.34 1.47 28.2 1 3 0 7.8 3.5 2.2
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
2017Home 3.43 1.32 44.2 3 0 0 8.5 2.4 1.0
2017Away 5.03 1.25 53.2 6 3 0 6.4 2.2 1.7
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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 this season's data (min 40 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.
    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.
91.6 mph
Left On Base
Exit Velocity
89.8 mph
Spin Rate
2184 rpm
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
Swinging Strike
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2018 Fantasy Outlook
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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Outing moved to Saturday
PKansas City Royals
May 24, 2019
Junis will start Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com reports.
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Losing streak continues
PKansas City Royals
May 19, 2019
Junis (3-5) took the loss Saturday, giving up five runs (four earned) on six hits and two walks over seven innings while striking out six as the Royals were downed 6-3 by the Angels.
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Hit with fourth loss
PKansas City Royals
May 12, 2019
Junis (3-4) took the loss after giving up five runs (four earned) on three hits and five walks while striking out four over 4.1 innings Sunday against the Phillies.
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Hammered by Astros
PKansas City Royals
May 6, 2019
Junis (3-3) took the loss Monday as the Royals were downed 6-4 by the Astros, giving up five runs on nine hits -- including three home runs -- and two walks over 5.1 innings. He struck out three.
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Earns third win
PKansas City Royals
May 1, 2019
Junis (3-2) allowed two runs on six hits with two strikeouts and two walks across 6.1 innings in a victory against the Rays on Wednesday.
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