Jakob Junis
P | Bats/Throws: R/R | 6' 3" 220LBS | Age: 31
Draft: 2011 | Rd: 29, #876, Kansas City Royals | Rock Falls (IL) HS
W L ERA G GS SV IP SO WHIP
2021 2 4 5.26 16 6 0 39.1 41 1.40
2022 5 7 4.42 23 17 0 112 98 1.29
2023 4 3 3.93 39 4 1 84.2 95 1.30
7 Seasons 38 45 4.65 167 110 1 712 661 1.34
G W-L ERA IP SO WHIP
2021 16 2-4 5.26 39.1 41 1.40
2022 23 5-7 4.42 112 98 1.29
2023 39 4-3 3.93 84.2 95 1.30
7 Seasons 167 38-45 4.65 712 661 1.34
MLB Percentile Rankings
Pitch Distribution

Statcast Statistics

Season Age Pitches Batted
Balls
Barrels Barrel % Barrel/PA Exit
Velocity
Max EV Launch
Angle
Sweet
Spot %
XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON HardHit% K% BB% ERA xERA
2017 24 1525 308 20 6.5 4.7 89.5 112.9 15.2 36.0 .272 .483 .325 .347 .400 38.2 19.0 5.9 4.30 5.30
2018 25 2838 536 46 8.6 6.1 88.7 113.1 13.8 34.5 .248 .432 .331 .324 .383 35.6 21.6 5.7 4.37 4.48
2019 26 2926 537 46 8.6 6.0 90.1 112.8 12.7 35.4 .270 .480 .340 .345 .407 41.2 21.3 7.5 5.24 5.37
2020 27 394 87 7 8.0 6.1 88.9 108.9 12.6 34.5 .287 .507 .401 .357 .408 35.6 16.7 5.3 6.39 5.59
2021 28 627 115 14 12.2 8.3 91.2 114.7 11.6 39.1 .282 .507 .336 .356 .448 43.5 24.4 7.1 5.26 5.54
2022 29 1802 351 26 7.4 5.4 88.9 111.6 12.1 35.3 .262 .414 .328 .316 .373 38.2 20.5 5.2 4.42 4.17
2023 30 1369 239 20 8.4 5.5 88.5 113.3 13.0 32.6 .241 .401 .329 .303 .381 36.0 26.2 5.8 3.93 3.83
Player 11481 2173 179 8.2 5.8 89.3 114.7 13.2 35.1 .261 .451 .335 .332 .394 38.2 21.5 6.2
MLB 6.9 4.7 88.4 122.4 12.2 33.1 .245 .406 .316 .316 .369 36.3 22.1 8.4
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Statcast Pitch Arsenal

Junis relies on 4 pitches.
Slider
(62.5%) ,
Sinker
(26.7%) ,
Changeup
(9.7%) ,
4-Seam Fastball
(1.1%) ,


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Pitch Tracking



Batted Ball Profile

Season GB % FB % LD % PU % Pull % Straight % Oppo % Weak % Topped % Under % Flare/Burner % Solid % Barrel % Barrel/PA
2017 42.2 25.3 24.4 8.1 39.0 41.9 18.5 2.9 29.9 25.3 23.4 9.4 6.5 4.7
2018 42.7 27.4 22.9 6.9 38.4 36.9 24.3 2.8 31.9 27.2 24.6 4.1 8.6 6.1
2019 43.2 26.4 24.6 5.8 40.2 38.5 21.2 2.2 32.6 23.5 27.4 5.6 8.6 6.0
2020 46.0 25.3 24.1 4.6 40.2 34.5 25.3 2.3 34.5 21.8 25.3 6.9 8.0 6.1
2021 43.5 27.0 24.3 5.2 38.3 37.4 24.3 2.6 32.2 16.5 26.1 10.4 12.2 8.3
2022 43.6 25.1 26.8 4.6 38.5 36.2 25.4 3.7 30.8 23.4 29.3 5.1 7.4 5.4
2023 43.1 26.4 23.4 7.1 46.9 28.0 25.1 3.3 34.3 25.5 22.2 6.3 8.4 5.5
Player 43.1 26.3 24.3 6.3 39.9 36.9 23.0 2.9 32.0 24.4 25.7 6.1 8.2 5.8
MLB 44.7 23.4 24.9 7.0 37.0 37.6 25.3 3.9 32.9 24.7 24.4 5.8 6.9 4.7
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Pitch Movement


How this works: Every pitch is affected by the forces of gravity, which means that every pitch drops on its way from the mound to the plate. These numbers are reported with gravity, which makes them larger and different than other pitch movement numbers you may have seen. Since gravity requires time, and slower pitches aren’t ‘better’ just because they have more time to move, the movement of a pitch is compared to ‘average’ movement by comparing it to other MLB pitch types within +/- 2 MPH and from within +/- 0.5 feet of extension and release.
Vertical Movement (inches) Horizontal Movement (inches)
Year Pitch Team Hand # MPH Inches of Drop vs Avg % vs Avg Inches of Break vs Avg % Break vs Avg
2023 Slider SF R 851 84.2 38.3 0.8 2 13.1 7.0 114
2023 4-Seamer SF R 15 93.9 18.0 -2.7 -18 7.2 -0.3 -4
2023 Changeup SF R 133 87.1 33.3 3.0 10 12.2 -2.3 -16
2023 Sinker SF R 363 93.7 24.4 1.8 8 13.7 -1.4 -9
2022 4-Seamer SF R 15 91.4 21.0 -4.8 -30 5.8 -1.3 -18
2022 Changeup SF R 289 84.8 33.3 2.4 8 9.8 -4.1 -30
2022 Cutter SF R 19 85.6 32.4 -2.4 -8 6.1 3.1 102
2022 Slider SF R 910 83.1 38.9 0.0 0 13.3 6.7 101
2022 Sinker SF R 569 91.9 24.1 0.7 3 12.9 -2.0 -13
2021 4-Seamer KC R 218 90.8 19.1 -2.6 -15 5.8 -1.6 -21
2021 Changeup KC R 21 84.8 31.5 0.9 3 11.1 -2.8 -20
2021 Curveball KC R 3 77.6 46.8 -8.4 -15 10.3 2.7 36
2021 Cutter KC R 109 88.7 26.2 0.6 2 1.1 -1.1 -49
2021 Slider KC R 250 82.8 40.1 1.3 3 12.4 6.3 103
2021 Sinker KC R 26 90.9 23.6 -0.3 -1 14.9 0.1 1
2020 Changeup KC R 17 84.3 32.1 2.0 7 9.9 -3.3 -25
2020 Slider KC R 182 80.1 45.7 3.2 8 16.3 8.9 121
2020 4-Seamer KC R 137 91.1 18.5 -2.0 -12 4.4 -2.6 -37
2020 Sinker KC R 58 90.6 24.2 1.0 4 11.9 -2.7 -19
2019 Sinker KC R 505 91.0 24.4 0.7 3 13.0 -1.6 -11
2019 Curveball KC R 411 79.3 48.6 -5.7 -11 15.3 6.7 79
2019 4-Seamer KC R 984 91.7 18.9 -2.0 -12 6.0 -1.4 -19
2019 Changeup KC R 157 84.6 34.1 2.9 9 4.5 -8.9 -67
2019 Slider KC R 867 82.4 43.3 2.4 6 14.7 8.3 130
2018 4-Seamer KC R 937 91.3 20.0 -2.5 -14 6.6 -1.3 -16
2018 Slider KC R 972 82.2 45.2 3.8 9 14.5 7.9 120
2018 Curveball KC R 186 79.1 49.1 -5.6 -10 14.4 5.5 61
2018 Sinker KC R 576 90.6 26.3 2.0 8 14.8 0.1 1
2018 Changeup KC R 167 84.7 33.8 1.7 5 9.1 -4.6 -34
2017 Curveball KC R 57 75.8 55.4 -2.5 -4 8.9 -0.4 -4
2017 Changeup KC R 105 81.9 37.2 5.5 17 7.4 -6.1 -45
2017 4-Seamer KC R 319 91.6 17.5 -1.4 -9 7.6 -0.9 -10
2017 Slider KC R 514 81.3 44.2 3.1 8 11.5 4.9 74
2017 Sinker KC R 523 91.0 23.5 1.0 5 14.3 -0.5 -4
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
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Run Values by Pitch Type

Year Pitch Type Team RV/100 Run Value Pitches % PA BA SLG wOBA Whiff% K% PutAway % xBA xSLG xwOBA Hard Hit %
2023 Slider 0.8 7 855 62.5 235 .216 .367 .284 32.9 32.3 24.4 .217 .374 .277 31.7
2023 Sinker -2.5 -9 366 26.7 93 .418 .696 .502 14.0 16.1 16.1 .295 .443 .367 44.6
2023 Changeup -1.4 -2 133 9.7 32 .281 .438 .309 27.6 12.5 14.8 .283 .501 .334 39.3
2023 4-Seamer 2.2 0 15 1.1 1 .000 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 .001 .001 .000 0.0
2022 Slider 0.6 6 910 50.5 258 .229 .396 .295 25.1 28.7 22.9 .231 .374 .289 39.5
2022 Sinker -0.2 -1 569 31.6 139 .313 .477 .377 15.7 12.2 17.0 .296 .453 .349 41.6
2022 Changeup -1.9 -6 289 16.0 69 .348 .591 .428 18.9 7.2 7.0 .320 .518 .374 31.1
2022 Cutter -1.8 0 19 1.1 8 .125 .250 .156 14.3 12.5 7.1 .129 .190 .138 28.6
2022 4-Seamer 1.2 0 15 0.8 4 .250 .250 .225 50.0 25.0 33.3 .306 .328 .279 0.0
2021 Slider 0.8 2 250 39.9 71 .190 .286 .242 40.2 40.8 27.6 .188 .327 .255 38.9
2021 4-Seamer -1.7 -4 218 34.8 58 .296 .593 .397 12.8 10.3 11.5 .346 .714 .460 47.9
2021 Cutter 0.8 1 109 17.4 29 .370 .556 .421 20.0 17.2 23.8 .303 .440 .345 36.4
2021 Sinker -1.0 0 26 4.1 6 .667 .833 .658 18.2 0.0 -- .518 .874 .599 50.0
2021 Changeup -0.2 0 21 3.3 4 .250 .250 .225 0.0 25.0 33.3 .396 .461 .379 66.7
2021 Curveball 0.2 0 3 0.5 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2020 Slider 0.2 0 182 46.2 47 .262 .452 .332 26.3 27.7 18.3 .242 .428 .317 26.7
2020 4-Seamer 0.0 0 137 34.8 43 .275 .575 .381 16.2 9.3 20.0 .285 .542 .372 30.6
2020 Sinker -4.4 -3 58 14.7 13 .538 .692 .508 19.4 7.7 20.0 .409 .555 .411 83.3
2020 Changeup -9.6 -2 17 4.3 10 .600 1.000 .685 7.7 10.0 25.0 .339 .639 .416 22.2
2019 4-Seamer -1.1 -11 984 33.6 246 .344 .633 .448 16.3 10.2 11.7 .357 .632 .442 42.3
2019 Slider 1.7 14 867 29.6 259 .152 .232 .209 38.2 44.4 26.7 .148 .276 .216 30.6
2019 Sinker -2.4 -12 505 17.3 155 .352 .549 .416 9.2 7.1 11.3 .320 .546 .391 47.0
2019 Curveball 0.1 1 411 14.0 70 .288 .559 .407 25.6 11.4 24.2 .296 .587 .409 38.5
2019 Changeup -1.1 -2 157 5.4 40 .350 .550 .386 17.5 12.5 16.7 .299 .471 .323 54.3
2018 Slider 0.9 9 972 34.2 307 .179 .312 .247 35.7 41.0 25.4 .177 .306 .242 26.2
2018 4-Seamer -0.7 -7 937 33.0 223 .321 .591 .418 13.2 10.8 12.8 .297 .545 .396 37.6
2018 Sinker -0.4 -3 576 20.3 160 .340 .513 .386 13.8 6.9 11.8 .306 .488 .358 42.6
2018 Curveball -0.5 -1 186 6.6 25 .273 .591 .438 12.8 4.0 16.7 .312 .727 .465 42.9
2018 Changeup -2.7 -5 167 5.9 42 .316 .526 .385 21.8 4.8 7.1 .260 .418 .323 37.8
2017 Sinker 0.1 1 523 34.3 150 .299 .485 .381 10.0 6.7 10.9 .332 .588 .412 47.2
2017 Slider 0.0 0 514 33.7 148 .231 .321 .279 38.0 38.5 27.0 .199 .291 .254 24.4
2017 4-Seamer -0.3 -1 319 20.9 84 .260 .468 .342 15.9 7.1 10.9 .293 .624 .406 42.3
2017 Changeup 1.5 2 105 6.9 28 .192 .346 .220 26.1 21.4 20.7 .229 .337 .234 18.2
2017 Curveball -5.2 -3 57 3.7 5 .600 2.400 1.200 53.8 0.0 0.0 .469 1.439 .774 60.0
! Note: Years are in reverse order.
! Note: To better align with other values, positive numbers (red) are good, and negative numbers (blue) are poor.
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Spin Direction

Year Pitch Type Pitches MPH Active Spin % Total Movement (In.) Spin-Based Observed Deviation
2023 Changeup 117 87.1 81 12.8 1:45 2:45 -60
2023 4-Seam Fastball 12 93.7 74 14.6 1:15 1:15 0
2023 Sinker 278 93.6 73 15.6 1:15 2:15 -60
2023 Slider 784 84.2 48 14.2 8:00 8:45 -45
2022 Changeup 263 84.7 74 11.2 1:30 2:15 -45
2022 Cutter 18 85.5 21 7.6 8:30 10:00 -90
2022 4-Seam Fastball 15 91.4 68 12.6 1:00 1:00 0
2022 Sinker 530 91.9 73 15.6 1:15 2:00 -45
2022 Slider 889 83.1 40 14.2 8:00 9:00 -60
2021 Changeup 20 84.9 81 13.5 1:15 2:15 -60
2021 Cutter 109 88.7 43 7.7 12:45 11:30 75
2021 4-Seam Fastball 216 90.8 75 14.6 1:15 12:45 30
2021 Sinker 26 90.9 80 18.0 1:00 2:00 -60
2021 Slider 248 82.8 38 13.4 8:00 8:45 -45
2020 Changeup 12 84.2 72 12.5 1:15 2:00 -45
2020 4-Seam Fastball 113 91.2 82 14.1 1:00 12:30 30
2020 Sinker 44 90.7 78 14.8 12:45 2:00 -75
2020 Slider 152 80.2 62 18.0 7:45 8:30 -45
! Note: This table is showing data from the PITCHER perspective.
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Swing/Take

Runs
Year Team PA Pitches Heart Shadow Chase Waste All
2017 417 1,520 11 2 -9 -6 -2
2018 757 2,838 -1 15 -10 -9 -6
2019 770 2,924 4 16 -15 -14 -9
2020 113 394 -7 7 -1 -2 -4
2021 168 627 4 1 -5 -2 -1
2022 478 1,802 6 2 -6 -4 -2
2023 361 1,369 1 0 0 -5 -4
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Plate Discipline

Season Pitches Zone % Zone Swing % Zone Contact % Chase % Chase Contact % Edge % 1st Pitch Strike % Swing % Whiff % Meatball % Meatball Swing %
2017 1,525 54.5 63.2 85.1 23.7 52.4 42.1 62.0 45.4 21.8 8.4 76.6
2018 2,838 50.3 64.3 87.1 29.4 54.2 40.6 62.8 46.9 22.0 8.3 73.7
2019 2,926 47.1 65.2 87.3 27.6 56.2 41.9 61.6 45.3 22.6 7.9 77.4
2020 394 53.8 67.5 86.0 26.9 57.1 49.0 59.6 48.7 20.3 10.2 70.0
2021 627 49.9 62.9 80.2 27.4 59.3 41.3 56.5 45.1 25.4 9.3 69.0
2022 1,802 53.2 60.8 85.7 28.6 58.9 42.1 67.2 45.7 21.5 9.2 67.5
2023 1,369 49.5 61.4 85.1 32.1 47.7 41.1 68.0 46.6 27.4 7.3 71.0
Player 11,481 50.5 63.5 86.0 28.2 54.7 41.7 63.2 46.0 22.8 8.3 73.2
MLB 48.6 67.0 82.0 28.5 58.0 42.6 60.9 47.1 24.8 7.3 76.1
! Note: All figures in this table cover the period 2015-present.

Percentile Rankings

Year xwOBA /
xERA
xBA xSLG xISO xOBP Brl Brl% EV Hard
Hit%
K% BB% Whiff% Chase
Rate
FB
Velo
FB
Spin
CB
Spin
Extension
2017 16 19 10 10 34 34 38 5 11 30 87 32 12 24 5 16 38
2018 31 37 23 17 54 1 15 37 46 47 88 33 67 23 7 35 31
2019 16 17 13 14 28 2 22 13 13 37 60 27 32 24 8 36 31
2020 16 10 11 15 32 38 36 38 58 12 88 13 42 19 17 24
2021 14 53 12
2022 35 18 27 37 49 30 46 39 48 33 88 18 41 19 40 17
2023 63 52 51 51 75 42 42 62 71 72 86 60 83 44 36 27
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Expected Home Runs

Year Team Avg HR Trot Actual HR xHR HR-xHR Doubters Mostly Gone No Doubters No Doubter %
2017 22.1 15 15.8 -1 10 13 7 46.7
2018 22.8 32 35.9 -4 7 30 11 34.4
2019 23.0 31 35.9 -5 10 29 15 48.4
2020 24.0 7 7.3 0 0 5 3 42.9
2021 23.6 7 9.1 -2 3 7 4 57.1
2022 23.1 13 13.5 -1 6 16 2 15.4
2023 24.5 12 9.1 3 5 8 2 16.7
Player 23.0 117 126.6 -10 41 108 44 37.6

Expected Home Runs by Park

Year HR
2017 15 16 18 17 15 15 18 14 11 14 16 22 16 13 15 17 13 13 18 14 14 18 22 17 14 13 14 21 17 16 12
2018 32 45 26 33 39 35 40 37 28 30 35 37 39 35 36 38 34 36 35 42 37 37 43 38 34 32 30 38 43 38 28
2019 31 41 32 37 38 37 42 37 26 25 30 35 42 37 36 37 35 28 36 36 38 37 44 45 37 35 30 41 45 32 25
2020 7 8 5 8 8 7 8 8 6 6 8 7 7 6 8 8 7 7 7 8 6 8 8 7 7 6 8 8 8 8 7
2021 7 12 8 7 9 9 9 11 6 6 6 8 10 6 10 12 10 9 11 8 11 7 12 13 11 7 8 10 10 9 9
2022 13 13 8 14 13 14 17 13 9 10 8 13 17 13 15 19 14 15 15 13 15 12 19 20 8 11 17 13 17 11 10
2023 12 5 8 9 9 10 9 9 9 8 9 11 8 8 9 10 10 9 11 9 9 11 11 11 8 8 9 10 9 9 7
Player 117 140 105 125 131 127 143 129 95 99 112 133 139 118 129 141 123 117 133 130 130 130 159 151 119 112 116 141 149 123 98
! Note: This tells how many of this player's home runs would have been out of other stadiums. This accounts for different wall heights, distances and environmental effects. For these purposes, the 2020 Blue Jays home field was still Rogers Centre, not Sahlen Field.
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Year to Year Changes

Metric 2017 2018 +/-   2019 +/-   2020 +/-   2021 +/-   2022 +/-   2023 +/-  
Fastball Velocity 91.2 91.0 -0.2 91.5 0.5 91.0 -0.5 90.1 -0.9 91.7 1.6 93.7 2.0
Offspeed Velocity 81.9 84.7 2.8 84.6 -0.1 84.3 -0.3 84.8 0.5 84.8 0.0 87.1 2.3
Breaking Velocity 80.7 81.7 1.0 81.4 -0.3 80.1 -1.3 82.8 2.7 83.1 0.3 84.2 1.1
Exit Velocity 89.5 88.7 -0.8 90.1 1.4 88.9 -1.2 91.2 2.3 88.9 -2.3 88.5 -0.4
Launch Angle 15.2 13.8 -1.4 12.7 -1.1 12.6 -0.1 11.6 -1.0 12.1 0.5 13.0 0.9
Barrel % 6.5 8.6 2.1 8.6 0.0 8.0 -0.6 12.2 4.2 7.4 -4.8 8.4 1.0
Hard Hit % 38.2 35.6 -2.6 41.2 5.6 35.6 -5.6 43.5 7.9 38.2 -5.3 36.0 -2.2
Sweet Spot % 36.0 34.5 -1.5 35.4 0.9 34.5 -0.9 39.1 4.6 35.3 -3.8 32.6 -2.7
xBA .272 .248 -0.024 .270 0.022 .287 0.017 .282 -0.005 .262 -0.020 .241 -0.021
BA .264 .265 0.001 .276 0.011 .333 0.057 .279 -0.054 .269 -0.010 .270 0.001
xwOBA .347 .324 -0.023 .345 0.021 .357 0.012 .356 -0.001 .316 -0.040 .303 -0.013
wOBA .325 .331 0.006 .340 0.009 .401 0.061 .336 -0.065 .328 -0.008 .329 0.001
xSLG .483 .432 -0.051 .480 0.048 .507 0.027 .507 0.000 .414 -0.093 .401 -0.013
SLG .440 .455 0.015 .468 0.013 .581 0.113 .461 -0.120 .444 -0.017 .452 0.008
K% 19.0 21.6 2.6 21.3 -0.3 16.7 -4.6 24.4 7.7 20.5 -3.9 26.2 5.7
BB% 5.9 5.7 -0.2 7.5 1.8 5.3 -2.2 7.1 1.8 5.2 -1.9 5.8 0.6
Swing % 45.4 46.9 1.5 45.3 -1.6 48.7 3.4 45.1 -3.6 45.7 0.6 46.6 0.9
Whiff% 21.8 22.0 0.2 22.6 0.6 20.3 -2.3 25.4 5.1 21.5 -3.9 27.4 5.9
In Zone % 54.5 50.3 -4.2 47.1 -3.2 53.8 6.7 49.9 -3.9 53.2 3.3 49.5 -3.7
Out of Zone % 45.5 49.7 4.2 52.9 3.2 46.2 -6.7 50.1 3.9 46.8 -3.3 50.5 3.7
Out of Zone Swing % 23.7 29.4 5.7 27.6 -1.8 26.9 -0.7 27.4 0.5 28.6 1.2 32.1 3.5
First Pitch Swing % 29.7 29.4 -0.3 27.1 -2.3 29.8 2.7 23.2 -6.6 30.1 6.9 30.7 0.6
First Pitch Strike % 62.0 62.8 0.8 61.6 -1.2 59.6 -2.0 56.5 -3.1 67.2 10.7 68.0 0.8
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Statcast Fielder Positioning

vs RHHvs LHH
YearAlignment TypePAwOBAPATotal%PATotal%
2017 Shifts 418 .321 205 9 4.4 213 46 21.6
2018 Shifts 757 .331 378 106 28.0 379 228 60.2
2019 Shifts 770 .340 360 53 14.7 410 197 48.0
2020 Shifts 113 .401 44 17 38.6 69 44 63.8
2021 Shifts 168 .336 74 25 33.8 94 67 71.3
2022 Shifts 478 .328 250 67 26.8 228 183 80.3
2023 Shades 347 .315 229 17 7.4 118 75 63.6
! Note: Shifts are through the 2022 season, Shaded starting from the 2023 season, Shift: three or more infielders are on the same side of second base, Shade: positioned outside of their typical responsible slices of the field.
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Pitch Tempo

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