Danny Jansen loves getting hot in September

I’ve been highly critical of Danny Jansen in the past. First and foremost, Danny, if you are reading this I am sorry. Secondly, keep mashing dingers.

Despite a career .210/.297/.681 slash line in over 812 plate appearances in the MLB, Jansen gives you value by being a fantastic defensive catcher. However, it wasn’t always this way. In fact, as a prospect, the defense was the most worrisome part of his game while his bat had some upside.
Minor Leagues:
Danny Jansen has had an incredibly odd professional career, dating back to when he was drafted 475th overall out of high school in 2013. In 383 minor league games (1531 plate appearances), Danny Jansen had a slash line of .269/.366/.776 while also adding 34 home runs. Furthermore, Jansen walked 170 times while striking out 188 times.
In 2015, Dan Jansen (yes, that’s what his name was on Pipeline for a little while) was ranked 14th for Blue Jays prospects and features some solid grades, including 45 for both hitting and power while also having a 50 grade in both arm and fielding. However, the most optimistic part of his profile was these two sentences: “He has made his biggest strides behind the plate. He has good receiving skills and has …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Raptors: Danny Green’s huge tattoo celebrating 2019 ring is amazing

Raptors: Danny Green’s huge tattoo celebrating 2019 ring is amazing

The Toronto Raptors parted ways with Danny Green after just one season north of the border, but his contributions during that season will live on forever, as his sweet shooting and feisty defense helped Toronto take home their first championship in franchise history during the 2018-19 campaign. Green immediately decided to make the trip down […]
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Author: Mike Luciano / Raptors HQ

Danny Jansen is back with the Blue Jays, Alejandro Kirk remains in Triple-A

The Blue Jays announced on Saturday that Danny Jansen has been activated from the 10-day Injured List. He’ll be active for tonight’s game against the Rays in Buffalo.

Heading down to Triple-A in his place, as expected, is Riley Adams, who went 3-for-28 with two walks and 12 strikeouts during his 12 games with the Blue Jays.
The big story here, though, is the team’s choice to leave Alejandro Kirk in Triple-A.
Back in spring training, the Blue Jays opted to keep Kirk over Reese McGuire even though it meant putting the more experienced catcher on waivers. Before Kirk got injured, he also seemed to be well on his way to taking over the starting catcher gig as Jansen wasn’t hitting at all.
Since then, McGuire we re-added to the 40-man roster and has been playing fairly well. Since Jansen was placed on the IL back on June 8, McGuire has appeared in 19 games and has slashed a .364/.397/.527 line with six doubles and a homer. He’s obviously going to regress from that level of production, but McGuire’s hot streak has certainly earned him playing time.
Also, he doesn’t have any options left and it’s difficult …

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Author: Cam Lewis / Blue Jays Nation

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°pic.twitter.com/zmI6gUrCn4
— 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

Toronto Raptors: 3 Players who Exceeded Expectations This Season

With no Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green for the Toronto Raptors heading into the 2019-20 season they needed some guys to have that next man up mentality, and a handful defiantly did and they exceeded expectations. The Toronto Raptors are well known for having a deep team for a couple of seasons now, and after […]
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Author: Joseph Zita / Raptors HQ

Why Danny Jansen is key to the Blue Jays success in 2020

Danny Jansen will be the everyday catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays in 2020 and if the ball club has success, he’ll be a key reason why.
Entering this season, Jansen is coming off his first season as an everyday catcher where he played in 107 games. There, he had a .207 batting average with 13 home runs and 43 RBIs and had a stellar .995 fielding percentage behind the plate.
Now in, the 2020 season Jansen will be relied upon to call the games of Hyun-Jin Ryu, who Toronto needs to pitch as he did with the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2019. Last season, the young catcher did have success calling games and throwing runners out as he threw 19 runners out for a 31% caught stealing rate.
Although his fielding has been solid, his bat is something that can be a difference-maker in the Blue Jays season in 2020.
In 2019 he had a 1.0 WAR, which is a replacement-level player, which Toronto will need Jansen to improve upon if they are going to have success. The catcher is projected to be a bottom of the order bat, and with a lineup that may see Derrick Fisher and Joe Panik, the Blue Jays need hits from their bottom of …

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Author: Cole Shelton / Blue Jays Nation

Toronto Raptors: Checking in on Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green were members of the first championship season in the Toronto Raptors’ history. What are they up to now? The Toronto Raptors, including Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green who formed the 2018/19 edition of the roster will live on in the memories of every Raptors’ fan for a long time. It’s […]
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Author: Jason Mills / Raptors HQ

Should the Toronto Raptors have pursued Danny Green harder?

Danny Green has started life well with the Los Angeles Lakers this season. Should the Toronto Raptors have pursued him harder in free agency? When the news that the Toronto Raptors traded for Kawhi Leonard broke, Danny Green was seen as more of a bit-part player in the deal. The Raptors got Leonard and Green, […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ

What are the odds the Toronto Raptors are better defensively next season?

The Toronto Raptors won’t have either Danny Green or Kawhi Leonard next season. But what are the odds they’re a better defensive team? Statistically speaking, the Toronto Raptors took a step back offensively last season. The team posted a lower offensive rating in both the regular season and during the playoffs. Of course, they were […]
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Author: Mike Bossetti / Raptors HQ

Who should partner Kyle Lowry in the Toronto Raptors backcourt?

The departure of Danny Green has left a void beside Kyle Lowry in the Toronto Raptors backcourt. Which player should fill that hole? The Toronto Raptors have undergone something of a transformation this season. As we know, two-time Finals MVP Kawhi Leonard left the Toronto Raptors after helping the team win it’s first-ever NBA title. […]
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Author: Thomas Valentine / Raptors HQ