Jakob Junis
Jakob Junis
27-Year-Old PitcherSP
Kansas City Royals
Out
Injury Rest
Est. Return 2/1/2020
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
RANKSFrom Preseason
Add To Watchlist
Hits innings limit
PKansas City Royals
September 18, 2019
Junis was shut down for the season Wednesday for workload reasons, Lynn Worthy of The Kansas City Star reports.
ANALYSIS
Junis threw 175.1 innings this season, slightly less than his 177.0 frames in 2018. His ERA took a step back from 4.37 to 5.24, though his regression in terms of FIP was significantly less -- 4.64 to 4.83. Eric Skoglund will take his place in the rotation for the final two turns.
Read More News
Pitching Stats
Loading Pitching Stats...
MLB Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Scoring
FanDuel
DraftKings
Yahoo DFS
FantasyDraft
Head2Head
Loading Pitching Game Log...
Minor League Game Log
Calculate Stats Over Time
Just click on any two dates.
Loading Minor League Pitching Game Log...
Pitching Appearances Breakdown
Average Pitch Count
94
Last 10 Games
90
Last 5 Games
89
How many pitches does Jakob Junis generally throw?
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
 
1-10
 
11-20
 
21-30
 
31-40
 
41-50
 
51-60
 
61-70
 
71-80
 
81-90
 
91-100
 
101-110
 
111-120
 
121+
What part of the game does Jakob Junis generally pitch?
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
 
 
 
1st
 
 
 
2nd
 
 
 
3rd
 
 
 
4th
 
 
 
5th
 
 
 
6th
 
 
 
7th
 
 
 
8th
 
 
 
9th
 
Extra
% Games Reaching Innings Threshold
% Games By Number of Innings Pitched
Left/Right Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-12%
BAA vs RHP
2019
 
 
-16%
BAA vs RHP
2018
 
 
-9%
BAA vs RHP
2017
 
 
-10%
BAA vs RHP
BAA Batters K BB H 2B 3B HR
Since 2017vs Left .286 1004 198 70 260 49 5 33
Since 2017vs Right .252 947 210 56 216 33 3 45
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
2017vs Left .278 214 38 14 54 10 1 7
2017vs Right .250 208 42 11 47 8 1 8
More Splits View More Split Stats
Home/Away Pitching Splits
Since 2017
 
 
-8%
ERA on Road
2019
 
 
-23%
ERA on Road
2018
 
 
-11%
ERA on Road
2017
 
 
-32%
ERA at Home
ERA WHIP IP W L SV K/9 BB/9 HR/9
Since 2017Home 4.90 1.35 242.1 12 15 0 8.4 2.5 1.5
Since 2017Away 4.49 1.32 208.1 15 14 0 7.9 2.6 1.6
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
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
More Splits View More Split Stats
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 70 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
2.83
 
K/9
8.4
 
BB/9
3.0
 
HR/9
1.6
 
Fastball
91.5 mph
 
ERA
5.24
 
WHIP
1.43
 
BABIP
.328
 
GB/FB
1.30
 
Left On Base
68.7%
 
Exit Velocity
90.1 mph
 
Barrels/BBE
8.4%
 
Spin Rate
2131 rpm
 
Balls Hit 95+ MPH
41.0%
 
Swinging Strike
9.9%
 
Advanced Pitching Stats
Loading Advanced Pitching Stats...
Defensive Stats
Loading MLB Defensive Stats...
Stats Vs Today's Lineup
Want more matchup stats?
Loading Matchup Stats...
Our full team depth charts are reserved for RotoWire subscribers.
Subscribe Now
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Jakob Junis
DraftKings MLB: Sunday Picks
29 days ago
Edwin Jackson has looked horrendous this season, which is why Mike Barner is picking a trio of Orioles' bats to punish the Tigers' starter.
FanDuel MLB: Sunday Breakdown
29 days ago
While more powerful sluggers may be available, Sasha Yodashkin tips MLB hit leader Whit Merrifield as a strong producer for today's battle with the Astros.
Weekly Pitcher Rankings: Nationals, Astros Dominate Top-5
30 days ago
Todd Zola ranks the week's starting pitching has the Astros and Nationals have separated themselves from the pack.
DraftKings MLB: Tuesday Picks
34 days ago
Adam Zdroik likes the look of a Mariners stack Tuesday against the visiting Reds.
AL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
36 days ago
Erik Siegrist sifts through a big wave of September promotions and activations and wonders if the A's might have brought Ramon Laureano off the injured list a little too early.
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.
More Fantasy News
Hit hard in short outing
PKansas City Royals
September 15, 2019
Junis (9-14) allowed five earned runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks across just 2.2 innings of work as he took the loss to the Astros on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Hurt by long balls in loss
PKansas City Royals
September 11, 2019
Junis (9-13) took the loss Tuesday, giving up five runs on six hits and three walks over five innings while striking out seven as the Royals fell 7-3 to the White Sox.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Earns ninth win
PKansas City Royals
September 4, 2019
Junis (9-12) earned the win Wednesday after holding the Tigers to four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out four over seven innings.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Gives up four runs in no-decision
PKansas City Royals
August 28, 2019
Junis did not factor into the decision during Wednesday's win over the A's, allowing four runs on seven hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.
Saddled with 12th loss
PKansas City Royals
August 23, 2019
Junis (8-12) took the loss after surrendering four runs on six hits and two walks while striking out four over four innings Friday night against the Indians.
ANALYSIS
Subscribe now to instantly reveal our take on this news.