Full name is Jakob Benjamin Lee Junis…resides in Phoenix, Ariz., with his wife, Brianne, daughter, Nelly and son, Jones…the couple is expecting their third child in July...Graduated from Rock Falls High School (Ill.), where he earned all-state honors in baseball and basketball as a senior…posted a 1.10 ERA with 93 strikeouts in 51.0 innings and also hit .485 with 54 RBI in his final year...Played in tournaments in Japan and Puerto Rico with high school all-star teams...Bypassed a scholarship to play baseball at North Carolina State University when he signed with the Royals.
Made the Opening Day roster for the first time and set career highs in starts (30), innings (177.0) and strikeouts (164), which all led the club...Posted a 2.19 walk rate (43 BB in 177.0 IP), which ranked eighth among qualifying American League starters… enjoyed a streak of 118 consecutive batters faced without issuing a walk, from Aug. 17 to Sept. 16..Set a single-season franchise record with 15 hit batsmen, topping Jeremy Guthrie's (14) 2014 total…hit three batters in a game twice - April 9 vs. Seattle and July 2 vs. Cleveland... Surrendered 32 home runs, which were third-most in the Majors behind Baltimore's Dylan Bundy (41) and former Royal James Shields (33)…however, he allowed just six homers over his final 10 starts (61.0 IP)…allowed 22 home runs at Kauffman Stadium, setting a club record...Matched a franchise record, allowing five home runs in his April 26 start vs. the White Sox, matching Chris Young (May 9, 2016 at Yankees) and Sean O'Sullivan (May 28, 2011 at Texas)…it was the first time any pitcher has allowed five home runs in a game at Kauffman Stadium... Opponents batted .246 (120-for-488) against him the first two times through the lineup, but hit .310 off him (62-for200) after that...Became the first Royal to go 4-0 in a season vs. Detroit… posted a 1.95 ERA (8 ER in 37.0 IP) in five starts against the Tigers, which was the second-lowest season ERA by a Royal vs. Detroit, behind only Zack Greinke (1.00) in 2009, among pitchers that made at least five starts... Opened the season with 16.0-straight scoreless innings, marking the fourth-longest streak to begin a year in club history, behind only: Zack Greinke (24.0 IP) in 2009, Wade Davis (22.0 IP) in 2015 and Danny Jackson (18.0 IP) in 1985...Named Royals Pitcher of the Month for April, going 3-2 with a 3.34 ERA (12 ER in 32.1 IP) and a .181 opponents' average (21-for-116)...Over his first seven starts, was 4-2 with a 3.18 ERA (16 ER in 45.1 IP)…however, from May 28-July 2, went 0-7 with a 7.59 ERA (34 ER in 40.1 IP), dropping seven consecutive starts...After a stint on the disabled list (lower back inflammation) from July 8-21, went 4-2 with a 3.35 ERA (28 ER in 75.1 IP) after his return.
Went 9-3 with a 4.30 ERA (47 ER in 98.1 IP) in 20 appearances (16 starts) as a rookie across seven Major League stints ... His nine wins were one shy of Parker Bridwell for most among American League rookies, and were most among Royals rookies since the late Yordano Ventura (14) in 2014 ... Went 3-5 with a 2.92 ERA (23 ER in 71.0 IP) in 12 starts with Omaha (AAA), earning Omaha Pitcher of the Year honors ... Went 7-3 with a 4.16 ERA (43 ER in 93.0 IP) in 16 starts with Kansas City, and 2-0 with a 6.75 ERA (4 ER in 5.1 IP) in four relief appearances…according to Elias, he's the first Royals rookie with two wins as a starter and reliever since Tom Gordon in 1989 ... Made his Major League debut on April 12 vs. Oakland…he pitched a scoreless ninth inning, recording an inning-ending double play to erase a double and two walks ... Earned his first big league win on May 9 at Tampa Bay, pitching a scoreless 11th inning ahead of Mike Moustakas' go-ahead home run in the 12th ... Matched a minor league career high with 12 strikeouts in 7.0 scoreless innings (two hits) on May 26 at Nashville, tying for the most by an Omaha pitcher since the team began play in the Pacific Coast League in 1998 ... Made his first big league start on May 21 at Minnesota (Game 1), recording 4.0 scoreless innings before allowing two runs on two hits and two walks in the fifth…exited after 4.2 innings, allowing two runs on five hits and three walks, with four strikeouts in a no-decision ... Earned his first big league win as a starter on June 11 at San Diego, holding the Padres to three runs-all solo HR-on six hits and one walk in 7.0 innings, with six strikeouts ... Named Royals Pitcher of the Month for August, going 3-0 with a 2.96 ERA (9 ER in 27.1 IP), best among American League rookies in five outings (four starts)…he's the fifth Royals rookie to go 3-0 or better in a calendar month (min. three starts), joining Kevin Appier (August 1990), Rich Gale (July and May 1978), Dennis Leonard (August 1975) and Steve Busby (September 1972) ... Became the first rookie to win Royals Pitcher of the Month honors since Louis Coleman in July 2011 and the first to do it as a starting pitcher since Brian Bannister in August 2007 ... Worked a career-high 8.0 innings in a 9-1 win on Aug. 6 vs. Seattle (Game 2), most by a Royals rookie since the late Yordano Ventura (8.1 IP) on July 4, 2014…became the seventh Royals rookie and first since Denny Bautista on April 8, 2005 to record 8.0 innings with seven strikeouts and no walks…retired his last 19 batters ... Pitched at least 6.0 innings with no walks in back-to-back starts on Aug. 6-14, becoming the first Royals rookie to do so since Luke Hochevar in June 2008 ... Recorded a career-high eight strikeouts on Aug. 29 vs. Tampa Bay and finished the month of August with 27 strikeouts and just two walks (8.89 K/BB), the best ratio in any calendar month by a rookie in 2017 ... Won five consecutive decisions over eight starts from Aug. 6-Sept. 20, going 5-0 with a 2.42 ERA (13 ER in 48.1 IP), .238 opponents' average (43-for-181), 38 strikeouts (7.08 K/9) and just five walks (0.93 BB/9)…his eight straight starts without a loss matched the second-longest streak by a Royals rookie, according to STATS, trailing only Dennis Leonard (10 straight) in 1975 ... Including his relief win on July 24 at Detroit, he won six consecutive decisions, matching the second-longest streak by a Royals rookie, one shy of Dennis Leonard (1975) and Tom Gordon (1989) ... Issued just 20 walks in 93.0 innings over 16 starts (1.94 BB/9), the fifth-best walk rate in the American League (min. 15 starts), trailing Josh Tomlin (0.89), Corey Kluber (1.59), Bartolo Colon (1.69) and Chris Sale (1.81) ... Went 3-0 with a 3.43 ERA (17 ER in 44.2 IP) in nine appearances (seven starts) at home ... The Royals went 11-5 (.688) in his 16 starts
Named Northwest Arkansas (AA) Pitcher of the Year, posting the third-best ERA (3.25) in the Texas League...Pitched a flawless fourth inning at the Texas League All-Star Game in Springfield, Mo., recording a pair of strikeouts…also tabbed a postseason All-Star in the league...Ranked fourth in the Texas League in WHIP (1.15), tied for fourth in wins (9), sixth in strikeouts (117) and tied for 10th in starts (21)...Earned Texas League Pitcher of the Week honors on May 29, allowing one run on six hits over two starts (12.0 innings) during the previous week...tallied a season-high nine strikeouts in 6.0 innings vs. Arkansas in his final start with the Naturals…it was his highest strikeout total since 2013 with Idaho Falls (Rookie)...Promoted to Omaha (AAA) on Aug. 8 and finished the year with the Storm Chasers, going 1-3 with a 7.20 ERA over six starts.
Ranked among Carolina League (A) leaders in 2015, leading the league in innings (155.2), second in strikeouts (123), tied for second in starts (26), third in WHIP (1.12) and fourth in opponents' average (.251).
Named Lexington (A) Pitcher of the Year in 2014…finished eighth in the South Atlantic League in innings (136.0), tied for ninth in wins (9) and 10th in WHIP (1.28).
Finished eighth in the Pioneer League (Rookie) in strikeouts (55) in 2013…recorded a career-best 12 strikeouts in 7.0 innings on Aug. 13 vs. Billings.