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Jakob Junis was great yesterday, but he’s still built for the bullpen

Jakob Junis was really good yesterday. Like, really, really good. Junis gave up just a single hit in five innings, adding six strikeouts. In the 46 starts that Junis has pitched at least five innings, he has given up zero runs two times and a single hit just once. He did both on Wednesday afternoon.

So yeah, it was an exciting start to a season with so many question marks for the 28-year-old. And Junis has always been a second act kind of player. He was one of the top talents in the 2011 recruiting class and was getting heavily scouted at the professional level, but his draft stock dropped because he wanted to be a hitter, not a pitcher.