Danny Jansen
Danny Jansen
25-Year-Old CatcherC
Toronto Blue Jays
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $580,900 contract with the Blue Jays in March of 2020.
On bench Saturday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 26, 2020
Jansen is not in the lineup Saturday against the Orioles.
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Jansen has remained the top option behind the plate despite the recent promotion of catching prospect Alejandro Kirk. He's started 10 games behind the plate since Kirk's arrival, while Kirk makes just his sixth start at catcher Saturday. The added competition appears to have galvanized Jansen, as he's hitting .300/.382/.533 in those 10 games.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
6
16
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
1
7
3
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+2%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+82%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+22%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018vs Left .664 197 18 7 21 0 .203 .292 .372
Since 2018vs Right .675 421 52 15 49 0 .211 .301 .374
2020vs Left .443 46 4 1 6 0 .108 .227 .216
2020vs Right .806 93 13 5 13 0 .224 .359 .447
2019vs Left .728 128 13 6 15 0 .224 .297 .431
2019vs Right .595 256 28 7 28 0 .199 .271 .325
2018vs Left .707 23 1 0 0 0 .263 .391 .316
2018vs Right .801 72 11 3 8 0 .242 .333 .468
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2018
 
 
+17%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+114%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+1%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+3%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2018Home .732 282 39 13 35 0 .217 .302 .430
Since 2018Away .626 333 31 9 35 0 .204 .297 .329
2020Home 1.030 55 10 4 12 0 .289 .407 .622
2020Away .481 81 7 2 7 0 .123 .266 .215
2019Home .642 184 22 8 20 0 .196 .261 .381
2019Away .637 200 19 5 23 0 .218 .296 .341
2018Home .766 43 7 1 3 0 .222 .349 .417
2018Away .791 52 5 2 5 0 .267 .346 .444
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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.
BB/K
0.67
 
BB Rate
14.0%
 
K Rate
21.0%
 
BABIP
.195
 
ISO
.179
 
AVG
.188
 
OBP
.314
 
SLG
.368
 
OPS
.682
 
wOBA
.311
 
Exit Velocity
77.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
19.5%
 
Barrels/PA
6.2%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
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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Monster performance
CToronto Blue Jays
September 23, 2020
Jansen went 4-for-4 with two solo home runs and an additional RBI and run scored in the Blue Jays' 14-1 dismantling of the Yankees on Wednesday.
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Not in lineup
CToronto Blue Jays
September 21, 2020
Jansen is not starting Monday against the Yankees.
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Not starting Game 1
CToronto Blue Jays
September 18, 2020
Jansen is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Phillies.
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Not starting Tuesday
CToronto Blue Jays
September 15, 2020
Jansen isn't in Tuesday's lineup against the Yankees.
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Not in Saturday's lineup
CToronto Blue Jays
September 12, 2020
Jansen is not starting Saturday against the Mets.
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