CAMERON JUNKER, RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: September 3, 1997
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 10th Round, 304th Overall, 2019
How Acquired: Draft
College: Notre Dame University
Agent: N/A

WTM’s PLAYER PROFILE
A big right-hander, Junker struggled with his control in his sophomore year at Notre Dame (he pitched less than an inning as a freshman), but made considerable strides as a full-time starter in his junior year.  He cut his BB/9 from 6.4 to 4.1, while his ERA dropped from 8.74 to 4.19.  He had a respectable strikeout rate, with 73 in 77.1 IP.  Junker throws 90-95 mph with a slider that could be an average pitch.  According to scouting reports, his change isn’t good and he probably projects as a reliever.  When the Pirates drafted him, he had an extremely long pause in his delivery, but he dropped it by 2021.  Baseball America ranked him 391st among draft prospects and 6th in Indiana in a weak year for the state.  He signed for slightly under the slot value of $143,900.

2019
A-:  5-0-5, 1.29 ERA, 0.86 ERA, 28.0 IP, 3.5 BB/9, 14.5 K/9

Junker pitched in short relief for West Virginia and dominated.  He had a very high K rate and opponents managed just a 143/233/198 line against him.  Right-handed batters had a pitiful .283 OPS against him, but left-handed batters did fine, putting up a .712 figure.

2020
DNP

Some caution is in order despite Junker’s great debut.  Logan Stoelke had just as dominant a debut in short relief in 2018, but struggled in full season ball in 2019.  One tipoff might be how quickly the Pirates promote him.

CONTRACT INFORMATION
2021: Minor league contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: 2019
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2025
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2022
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 4, 2019: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 10th round, 304th overall pick; signed on June 11.
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