Junis has allowed two earned runs on five hits and one walk while striking out 14 in 10 innings so far this spring.
The pinpoint control that Junis displayed in the second half last year -- he had a 3.5 percent walk rate after the All-Star break -- has carried over into the spring. What's surprising is the 14 strikeouts, as Junis had a modest K-rate at the big-league level last year (7.3 K/9), although his runs at Double- and Triple-A hinted at room for some growth in that department. Nothing is official yet, but Junis seems to be cementing himself into the Kansas City rotation with his performance in camp.
Junis will compete for a spot in Kansas City's rotation during spring training, Rustin Dodd of The Kansas City Star reports.
Junis put up impressive rookie numbers in 2017, finishing at 9-3 with a 4.30 ERA in 16 starts. However, if he hopes to earn a spot in the starting five, he'll have to beat out teammates Jesse Hahn and Trevor Oaks -- both players were acquired in the offseason to bolster the pitching staff. As long as he puts together a decent showing this spring, Junis looks to be one of the favorites to lock up a starting role.
Junis (9-3) completed six innings Saturday against the Diamondbacks, allowing two runs on five hits and two walks to pick up the victory. He also struck out five.
Junis was actually on the hook for the loss after serving up a home run to A.J. Pollock in the sixth, but he was saved by the offense in the bottom half of the inning. This was good to see from the 25-year-old after he got shellacked in his previous start. He'll close out the 2017 campaign with a 4.30 ERA and a 1.28 WHIP, although he only allowed more than two earned runs during two starts in the month of September. This will likely give him a good chance at keeping his spot in the Royals' rotation heading into next season.
Junis (8-3) took the loss after allowing six runs on seven hits and a walk in 5.2 innings Monday against the Yankees. He struck out four batters.
Junis was hit hard in this one, as five of the seven hits he conceded went for extra-bases, including a pair of homers by Aaron Judge and Greg Bird. It was a rare blowup for Junis, as Monday marked the first time since June 29 that the 25-year-old allowed more than three runs in a start; he owned a 2.42 ERA and 38:5 K:BB across eight starts (48.1 innings) over that stretch. Junis will look to get back on track and finish his rookie season on a high note, with his final start lined up for Saturday against the Diamondbacks. Seeing as Arizona has already clinched home-field advantage in the NL wild-card game, they may end up resting some regular starters.
Junis (8-2) allowed just three hits and two walks over 6.1 innings en route to a 15-5 win over Toronto on Wednesday, though he was tagged for four runs (two earned). He struck out three.
He actually shut the Jays out through six, but the seventh didn't go quite so well, and the two unearned runs actually came off an error by Junis himself. Nonetheless, Junis has been an excellent addition to the Royals' rotation, having given up three or fewer earned runs in six straight starts and eight of his last nine; in the latter span, he's posted a 5-0 record to go with a 3.02 ERA and 41:6 K:BB. Those numbers should ensure that fantasy owners remember his name heading into next season.
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|2013||R-Idaho Falls Chukars||2||6||7.39||13||13||0||0||0||59.2||85||59||49||13||5||17||55|
|2015||AFA-Wilmington Blue Rock||5||11||3.64||26||26||0||0||0||155.2||145||71||63||11||6||29||123|
|2015||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||0||1||9.00||1||1||0||0||0||4.0||7||5||4||0||1||1||3|
|2016||AAA-Omaha Storm Chasers||1||3||7.20||6||6||0||0||0||30.0||39||24||24||6||4||7||26|
|2016||AA-Northwest Arkansas N||9||7||3.25||21||21||0||0||0||119.0||110||48||43||12||6||27||117|