26-year-old Janson Randall Junk was born on January 15, 1996, he is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels of Major League Baseball (MLB).
Junk grew up in Federal Way, Washington, and attended Decatur High School. He played college baseball at Seattle University, spending three seasons (2015–2017) with the Redhawks after joining the team as a walk-on.
During the summer of 2015, Junk played collegiate summer baseball with the Bend Elks of the West Coast League. Junk was selected in the 22nd round of the 2017 MLB draft by the New York Yankees.
Junk spent the 2018 season with the Class A Charleston RiverDogs, where he had a 7–5 win-loss record with a 3.77 earned run average (ERA) over 17 appearances.
He spent most of the 2019 season with the Class A-Advanced Tampa Tarpons of the Florida State League, while also making one start each for the Double-A Trenton Thunder and the Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders. Junk began the 2021 season with the Yankees’ new Double-A affiliate, the Somerset Patriots.
Junk and Elvis Peguero were traded to the Los Angeles Angels on July 30, 2021, in exchange for Andrew Heaney. On September 3, the Angels selected Junk’s contract from the Double-A Rocket City Trash Pandas and added him to their major-league roster.
He made his MLB debut two days later, starting against the Texas Rangers and taking the loss. He allowed five runs (four earned) on six hits in 3 2+⁄3 innings and recorded two strikeouts and one walk.