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January 5, 1977 |
Rye, New York
|September 11, 2002, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Last MLB appearance|
|May 11, 2003, for the Philadelphia Phillies|
|Earned run average||2.21|
Junge was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in the 11th round of the 1999 amateur draft and was then traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in 2001. He appeared in 10 games for the Phillies in 2002 and 2003. He made his Major League debut on September 11, 2002. His first win came 3 days later on September 14, in a win against the Pittsburgh Pirates in Philadelphia's Veterans Stadium. His second career win, less than a week later was against the Atlanta Braves, came in a relief appearance lasting 4.2 innings. The losing pitcher that day was Tom Glavine. Junge owns a career record in the Major Leagues of 2-0, posting a 2.21 E.R.A. Since then, he has played in the minor league systems of the New York Mets, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
On February 26, 2008, he was signed by the Orix Buffaloes of Japan's Pacific League. After starting the 2009 season with the Lancaster Barnstormers of the independent Atlantic League, on July 9 he signed with the Hanwha Eagles of the South Korean Professional Baseball League. In September 2009, he signed with the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan winter league. Himself and Michael Ryan became the first of two American born players to play for a Venezuelan team from the season's first game, continuing into the playoffs, and through the last game of the Caribbean World Series representing Venezuela.
On June 30, 2010, he signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. On November 6, 2010, he was granted free agency by the Angels. On January 28, 2011, he was re-signed by Anaheim with an invite to Major League spring training camp in Tempe, Arizona. After spending a majority of the 2012 season pitching for the Atlanta Braves AAA affiliate in Gwinnett, Junge once again signed to play winter ball for the Navegantes del Magallanes of the Venezuelan league, where the year prior he was E.R.A. Champion, posting a 1.59, the lowest by any foreign born Magallanes starter in history.
In January 2013 he retired as an active player and was subsequently hired as Advanced Major League scout in the San Diego Padres front office.
Junge is a 1999 graduate of Bucknell University, majoring in business administration. He is a 1995 graduate of Rye High School in Rye, N.Y.
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