Let’s not forget how good Danny Jansen is

There has been plenty of talk this off-season about the Blue Jays catching tandem of Danny Jansen and Reese McGuire. The Blue Jays were rumoured to be interested in Yasmani Grandal leading to speculation that one of the back-stops could be moved via trade. Adding to that was the fact that the Blue Jays have a wealth of catching prospects in the minors in Gabriel Moreno, Alejandro Kirk and Riley Adams. Reese McGuire has always been regarded as a strong defensive catcher, so seeing him hit .299/.346/.526 this season was unexpected and opened the idea that he could be the starting catcher this upcoming season. Sure Jansen, struggled last season, but I think we are all forgetting just how good Jansen can be and why he was considered a core piece for this team.
To start let’s make a blind comparison:

AVG
OBP
SLG
BB%
K%
wRC+
Player A
.207
.279
.360
8.1%
20.6%
68
Player B
.247
.316
.366
9.0%
15.9%
73
Stats from Fangraphs
Player B clearly has the better statistics, but’s close. Both players have similar power numbers and walk rate. Player A is what Danny Jansen did in the big leagues this season and Player B is how McGuire hit while in Buffalo. Yes McGuire …

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Author: Paul Berthelot / Blue Jays Nation

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