For Danny Jansen, Crouching is everything

I originally was going to title this “The Danny Jansen Breakout is here” but after only four games that felt a little premature.

Jansen is having a hot start to the season. He’s played in three games, has four hits and two walks in those games, including this home run from Monday in Washington.

Danny Jansen – Toronto Blue Jays (1) Solo
Distance: 420 ftExit Velocity: 101.0 mphLaunch Angle: 30°
— MLB Home Runs (@HomeRunVideos) July 27, 2020

What I’ve noticed with Jansen, and heard mentioned on the broadcast a couple of times, is that Jansen is crouched more at the plate this year. Here he is in his last at bat from 2019.

The difference is clear. His stance is more upright and open in 2019, and he has a bigger leg kick.
This is something Jansen played around with last year. Check out this swing from May.

Looks an awful lot like that swing from September, doesn’t it?
Now look at this swing from …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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