Danny Jansen

Danny Jansen

27-Year-Old CatcherC
Toronto Blue Jays
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Jansen had two month-long stints on the injured list during 2022 due to an oblique strain and a broken finger, and he finished the regular season having played in 72 games. He started behind the plate Opening Day but didn't appear to have much job security with Alejandro Kirk and Gabriel Moreno also in the mix for playing time, but Jansen produced an .855 OPS with 15 home runs and 44 RBI, and he also improved his strikeout rate nearly four percentage points. He now has a .253 ISO over the past two years, which covers a stretch of 142 contests. Kirk also delivered a strong offensive campaign with a .285/.372/.415 slash line in 139 contests while splitting time between catcher and designated hitter. Jansen's availability is somewhat of a question mark since he's missed significant time each of the past two seasons, but when available he's hit with power. The Blue Jays have a plethora of strong options to stick behind the plate, so Jansen is likely to again be stuck in a timeshare in 2023, though that role could provide a better path to staying healthy. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $580,900 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
Retreats to bench Monday
CToronto Blue Jays
October 3, 2022
Jansen isn't starting Monday against the Orioles.
ANALYSIS
Jansen is getting a breather after he went 6-for-14 with two home runs, two doubles, six RBI and four runs over the last four games. Alejandro Kirk will start at catcher and bat cleanup.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
3
2
8
19
14
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
3
8
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+4%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+48%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+79%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .637 181 21 7 19 1 .167 .291 .347
Since 2020vs Right .848 415 63 25 73 0 .257 .332 .516
2022vs Left .826 67 8 3 7 1 .226 .373 .453
2022vs Right .863 181 26 12 37 0 .272 .326 .537
2021vs Left .583 68 9 3 6 0 .150 .250 .333
2021vs Right .864 137 23 8 22 0 .258 .324 .540
2020vs Left .443 46 4 1 6 0 .108 .227 .216
2020vs Right .792 97 14 5 14 0 .225 .354 .438
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2022
 
 
+7%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+23%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+86%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .855 284 42 16 41 0 .254 .339 .516
Since 2020Away .717 316 42 16 51 1 .207 .300 .417
2022Home .829 132 16 7 17 0 .252 .333 .496
2022Away .885 116 18 8 27 1 .270 .345 .540
2021Home .864 86 15 5 11 0 .256 .326 .538
2021Away .704 119 17 6 17 0 .198 .280 .425
2020Home .897 66 11 4 13 0 .255 .369 .527
2020Away .481 81 7 2 7 0 .123 .266 .215
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Stat Review
How does Danny Jansen compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.57
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
17.7%
 
BABIP
.255
 
ISO
.256
 
AVG
.260
 
OBP
.339
 
SLG
.516
 
OPS
.855
 
wOBA
.366
 
Exit Velocity
90.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
42.0%
 
Barrels/PA
9.3%
 
Expected BA
.264
 
Expected SLG
.514
 
Sprint Speed
22.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
33.5%
 
Line Drive %
15.9%
 
Fly Ball %
50.6%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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It seemed like the Jays were destined to make a move at catcher, as Jansen, Alejandro Kirk and prospect Gabriel Moreno all seemed like candidates for playing time in 2022. However, Kirk may be a designated hitter, at least early in the year and Moreno won't be rushed to the majors, so Jansen still retains value even in a crowded situation. He hit .316/.373/.750 with eight home runs in 83 plate appearances from July on after missing time with an injury. Jansen's glove is good enough to keep him in the lineup over half the time, but if the improved offensive output from the end of last season carries over, he could be an excellent fantasy value, especially in two-catcher leagues.
Jansen is entering his fourth season at the big-league level, but has yet to approach 700 career PA. Sample size studies will tell you that past performance does not guarantee future results, and that is a good thing for Jansen because he has done little outside of a hot September 2019. The 2020 season saw him become more accepting of his walks, and somehow hit three of his eight homers off Tyler Glasnow (two in the Wild Card Game) but otherwise did little else at the plate. He mostly hunts for fastballs, which really leaves him susceptible to anything offspeed (.094 career batting average). The expected stats do not make us excited about a 2021 breakout from the young catcher, but the Jays can afford to give him time while the rest of their young studs carry the load. You can roster him as an endgame second catcher to see if the next few hundred plate appearances are better than the first 700.
Jansen entered last season with fewer than 100 MLB plate appearances to his name, but the sterling plate skills and improving pop he showed as a prospect made him an appealing fantasy target amid the barren catcher landscape. The juiced ball ultimately made many catchers more useful than expected, but Jansen wasn't one of them. In fact, he was actively harmful in fantasy. His .207 average placed him 29th among the 30 backstops with 300-plus plate appearances, and his 13 homers weren't special in the 2019 context. The disappointing numbers will drop Jansen's draft-day price, but he shouldn't be dismissed yet. His 81.3 percent contact rate and 42.4 hard-hit rate ranked highly among catchers and offer hope that he'll push his average to a more palatable level with some likely BABIP improvement. Additionally, a Jays lineup overflowing with young talent should lift Jansen's RBI and run ceilings compared to 2019.
A plus contributor at the desolate catcher position is a pipe dream for many. Jansen was a net positive during his time with Toronto in 2018, making him a popular late-round target this draft season. He smacked three homers, giving him 15 total across two levels, and posted a 115 wRC+, which if you lower the threshold to just 50 plate appearances, made Jansen a top-10 rate contributor at the position. Jansen also displayed quality plate skills with a manageable 17.9 K% and 9.5 BB%. The problem is that when he's everyone's favorite cheap catcher, eventually he will no longer be cheap. Drafters, especially those in two-catcher leagues, will continue to push him higher and higher as we get closer to Opening Day. It's possible Jansen will be worth it even after some helium, as he's firmly atop the depth chart with Russell Martin traded to Los Angeles. Just be sure to have some other names at the ready in case you get sniped.
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Drives in five during win
CToronto Blue Jays
October 2, 2022
Jansen went 3-for-4 with a double, a homer, five RBI and a run scored in Saturday's win over the Red Sox.
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Out of Tuesday's lineup
CToronto Blue Jays
September 27, 2022
Jansen is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.
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Takes seat Saturday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 24, 2022
Jansen isn't starting Saturday against the Rays.
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Retreats to bench Wednesday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 21, 2022
Jansen isn't starting Wednesday against Philadelphia.
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Collects three hits Tuesday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 21, 2022
Jansen went 3-for-6 with two doubles, two RBI and a run in Tuesday's 18-11 win over the Phillies.
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