Jake Junis

Position: RHP
Born: 09/16/91
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 225
B/T: R/R
Acquired: Drafted in the 29th round of the 2011 MLB First-Year Player Draft (KCR)

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
2016 Season Stats: Combined to go 10-10 between Northwest Arkansas (Double-A) and Omaha (Triple-A) with a 4.05 ERA in 27 starts, striking out 143 batters in 149 innings while giving up 149 hits and walking just 34. In One start at Omaha in 2017, he gave up four hits in six-and-one-third innings, striking out seven without walking a batter.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Recalled from Omaha April 12, along with LHP Scott Alexander, when LHP Matt Strahm and OF Terrance Gore were sent down.
MLB Debut Date: 04/12/17

Debut Details
April 12, in an 8-3 loss to the A's. The last of five pitchers on the night, he threw one inning of one-hit shutout ball, walking two without striking out a batter. Of 16 pitches, seven were for strikes. Coming on to start the top of the in relief of left-handed reliever Scott Alexander (with whom he'd been promoted that day), Junis walked Jed Lowrie before getting Khris Davis to fly out to right field. Stephen Vogt then doubled to right field but Lowrie only advanced to third. After Ryon Healy walked to load the bases with two outs, Yonder Alonso grounded into a 3-2-3 double play to nail Lowrie at home.

Player Notes
Drafted out of high school in Rock Falls, Illinois in 2011, Junis signed late as he considered heading to college where an offer from North Carolina State awaited him, so when he signed with the Royals, it put off his pro debut until 2012. He's put up solid-if-unspectacular numbers moving up every season, spending virtually all of 2015 at Wilmington (High A) where he posted a 3.78 ERA between Wilmington and a very brief stint at Northwest Arkansas, combining for a 5-12 record and 126 strikeouts against 30 walks in 159 2/3 innings before his 2016 split between Northwest Arkansas and Omaha. Baseball America called his curveball the best in the Royals' farm system, and he adds to the arsenal a fastball in the low-to-mid 90s, a slider, a changeup, all thrown with plus control.