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2019 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 37)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
32.3 6.31 1.66 21 1 0 1 -0.5
Birth Date9-17-1981
Height6' 4"
Weight210 lbs
Age38 years, 0 months, 2 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
0.42015
2016
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

Historical (past-seasons) WARP is now based on DRA..
cFIP and DRA are not available on a by-team basis and display as zeroes(0). See TOT line for season totals of these stats.
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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA- WARP
2006 TOR MLB 19 17 94.0 6 10 0 103 21 44 12 107 9.9 2.0 1.1 4.2 0% .282 1.32 4.80 5.07 104 5.75 117.0 0.1
2007 TOR MLB 70 0 72.7 2 3 6 67 20 39 4 94 8.3 2.5 0.5 4.8 0% .273 1.20 3.89 2.35 104 5.12 105.9 0.3
2009 TOR MLB 21 5 40.0 2 4 1 59 14 24 5 104 13.3 3.2 1.1 5.4 0% .367 1.83 4.76 5.85 103 6.27 134.4 -0.4
2010 TOR MLB 56 0 68.7 5 2 0 74 21 63 8 113 9.7 2.8 1.0 8.3 0% .327 1.38 3.82 3.67 95 4.12 92.9 0.6
2011 TOR MLB 55 0 55.7 6 0 2 47 14 53 2 109 7.6 2.3 0.3 8.6 0% .296 1.10 2.48 2.26 82 3.04 70.6 1.1
2012 TOR MLB 62 0 63.7 1 1 22 44 11 67 7 106 6.2 1.6 1.0 9.5 0% .240 0.86 3.02 2.54 87 3.17 72.8 1.2
2013 TOR MLB 56 0 52.7 4 1 34 39 13 50 3 100 6.7 2.2 0.5 8.5 0% .254 0.99 2.77 2.56 82 2.90 69.4 1.1
2014 TOR MLB 50 0 45.7 3 3 25 47 7 28 6 104 9.3 1.4 1.2 5.5 0% .273 1.18 4.16 3.94 99 4.17 102.4 0.2
2015 WAS MLB 48 0 40.0 2 5 0 38 8 27 5 95 8.6 1.8 1.1 6.1 0% .264 1.15 4.11 4.95 103 3.95 92.3 0.4
CareerMLB43722533.0312990518129395521048.72.20.96.748%.2881.213.783.63964.3595.84.6

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
Minor league stats are currently shownClick to hide.
YEAR Team Lg LG G GS IP W L SV H BB SO HR PPF H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 GB% BABIP WHIP FIP ERA cFIP DRA DRA-
2004 AUB A- NYP 10 10 50.0 3 1 0 46 10 43 2 8.3 1.8 0.4 7.7 0% .301 1.12 2.98 3.60 0 0.00 0.0
2005 LNS A MDW 7 7 46.0 4 0 0 27 4 38 0 5.3 0.8 0.0 7.4 0% -.628 0.67 2.13 1.37 0 0.00 0.0
2005 DUN A+ FSL 10 10 59.7 6 1 0 46 12 51 2 84 6.9 1.8 0.3 7.7 0% -.657 0.97 2.88 2.26 96 5.40 106.5
2005 NHP AA EAS 9 9 43.0 3 3 0 49 4 47 3 41 10.3 0.8 0.6 9.8 0% -.821 1.23 2.29 2.93 70 4.91 96.9
2006 TOR MLB AL 19 17 94.0 6 10 0 103 21 44 12 107 9.9 2.0 1.1 4.2 0% .282 1.32 4.80 5.07 104 5.75 117.0
2006 SYR AAA INT 9 9 42.1 1 5 0 47 8 32 3 109 10.0 1.7 0.6 6.8 0% .331 1.31 3.19 4.92 85 4.21 88.3
2007 TOR MLB AL 70 0 72.7 2 3 6 67 20 39 4 94 8.3 2.5 0.5 4.8 0% .273 1.20 3.89 2.35 104 5.12 105.9
2009 TOR MLB AL 21 5 40.0 2 4 1 59 14 24 5 104 13.3 3.2 1.1 5.4 0% .367 1.83 4.76 5.85 103 6.27 134.4
2009 DUN A+ FSL 4 3 13.0 0 0 0 6 2 10 0 106 4.2 1.4 0.0 6.9 0% .176 0.62 2.11 0.69 80 2.29 48.2
2009 NHP AA EAS 6 1 15.0 1 0 0 12 5 12 0 85 7.2 3.0 0.0 7.2 0% .273 1.13 2.53 2.40 90 3.52 74.1
2009 LVG AAA PCL 7 0 6.7 0 0 0 4 1 7 0 85 5.4 1.3 0.0 9.4 0% .235 0.75 1.81 5.37 67 2.40 50.5
2009 BLJ Rk GCL 1 0 1.0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 18.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0% .400 2.00 3.31 9.00 0 0.00 0.0
2010 TOR MLB AL 56 0 68.7 5 2 0 74 21 63 8 113 9.7 2.8 1.0 8.3 0% .327 1.38 3.82 3.67 95 4.12 92.9
2011 TOR MLB AL 55 0 55.7 6 0 2 47 14 53 2 109 7.6 2.3 0.3 8.6 0% .296 1.10 2.48 2.26 82 3.04 70.6
2011 NHP AA EAS 5 0 5.0 0 0 0 1 1 7 0 1.8 1.8 0.0 12.6 0% .111 0.40 1.20 0.00 69 2.40 48.9
2011 LVG AAA PCL 1 0 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 3 0 4.5 0.0 0.0 13.5 0% .250 0.50 0.78 0.00 73 3.53 72.1
2012 TOR MLB AL 62 0 63.7 1 1 22 44 11 67 7 106 6.2 1.6 1.0 9.5 0% .240 0.86 3.02 2.54 87 3.17 72.8
2013 TOR MLB AL 56 0 52.7 4 1 34 39 13 50 3 100 6.7 2.2 0.5 8.5 0% .254 0.99 2.77 2.56 82 2.90 69.4
2014 TOR MLB AL 50 0 45.7 3 3 25 47 7 28 6 104 9.3 1.4 1.2 5.5 0% .273 1.18 4.16 3.94 99 4.17 102.4
2014 DUN A+ FSL 1 1 1.0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 116 9.0 0.0 0.0 9.0 0% .333 1.00 1.38 0.00 88 3.88 82.1
2014 NHP AA EAS 3 2 3.0 0 0 0 3 0 2 0 101 9.0 0.0 0.0 6.0 0% .300 1.00 2.01 0.00 88 3.77 79.7
2015 WAS MLB NL 48 0 40.0 2 5 0 38 8 27 5 95 8.6 1.8 1.1 6.1 0% .264 1.15 4.11 4.95 103 3.95 92.3
2015 POT A+ CAR 2 1 2.0 0 0 0 3 0 1 1 94 13.5 0.0 4.5 4.5 0% .250 1.50 8.75 4.50 118 4.98 109.1
2015 HAR AA EAS 4 1 3.7 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 86 2.5 2.5 0.0 0.0 0% .077 0.55 4.09 2.45 119 2.97 65.2
2016 LOW A- NYP 8 0 8.0 0 0 1 8 1 8 0 9.0 1.1 0.0 9.0 54% .333 1.13 1.64 3.38 84 4.34 95.8
2016 PAW AAA INT 6 0 7.7 0 0 0 4 3 4 1 4.7 3.5 1.2 4.7 17% .136 0.91 4.99 2.35 124 3.34 73.6
2017 MVA AAA MEX 15 0 14.7 0 3 0 18 4 21 0 11.0 2.5 0.0 12.9 0% .450 1.50 1.55 4.30 0 0.00 0.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2009 710 0.5056 0.4324 0.8143 0.6100 0.2507 0.8630 0.6932 0.1857
2010 1195 0.5205 0.4368 0.7931 0.5981 0.2618 0.8468 0.6600 0.2069
2011 867 0.5075 0.4302 0.7962 0.5568 0.2998 0.8367 0.7188 0.2038
2012 944 0.5042 0.4513 0.7653 0.5987 0.3013 0.8351 0.6241 0.2347
2013 812 0.4791 0.4236 0.7820 0.5861 0.2742 0.8333 0.6810 0.2180
2014 694 0.5202 0.4553 0.8101 0.6260 0.2703 0.8584 0.6889 0.1899
2015 594 0.5034 0.4714 0.8321 0.6823 0.2576 0.8382 0.8158 0.1679
Career58160.50650.44150.79610.60370.27480.84400.68930.2039

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-14 2014-07-20 DTD 6 2 - General Medical Illness -
2014-03-26 2014-05-11 15-DL 46 37 Left Low Back Strain - -
2014-03-01 2014-03-24 Camp 23 0 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-05-23 2013-05-29 DTD 6 6 Right Shoulder Soreness - -
2013-02-15 2013-03-22 Camp 35 0 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery AC Joint Spurs - -
2012-11-16 2012-11-16 Off 0 0 Right Shoulder Surgery AC Joint Spurs 2012-11-16 -
2011-08-31 2011-09-03 DTD 3 3 Right Shoulder Tightness Latissimus Dorsi - -
2011-06-15 2011-07-19 15-DL 34 29 Right Forearm Strain -
2009-06-14 2009-07-24 15-DL 40 32 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2009-03-27 2009-04-30 15-DL 34 23 Right Shoulder Recovery From Surgery Labrum 2008-03-18
2009-03-20 2009-03-27 Camp 7 0 Right Shoulder Stiffness -
2008-03-17 2008-09-29 60-DL 196 162 Right Shoulder Surgery Labrum 2008-03-18
2008-03-11 2008-03-17 Camp 6 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2006-07-08 2006-07-08 DTD 0 0 Right Thumb Contusion Batted Ball -
2005-07-17 2005-07-26 Minors 9 0 Right Elbow Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2015 WAS $3,500,000
2014 TOR $4,000,000
2013 TOR $3,900,000
2012 TOR $2,000,000
2011 TOR $1,095,000
2010 TOR $700,000
2009 TOR $413,900
2008 TOR $403,900
2007 TOR $385,200
YearsDescriptionSalary
9 yrPrevious$16,398,000
9 yrTotal$16,398,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
9 y 63 dACES1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by San Diego as a free agent 2/20/16 (minor-league contract). Salary of $1.25M in majors. Released by San Diego 3/24/16. Signed by Boston as a free agent 6/18/16 (minor-league contract). Released by Boston 8/7/16.
  • 1 year/$5M (2015), plus 2016 mutual option. 15:$3.5M, 16:$7M club option, $1.5M buyout. Annual performance bonuses: $0.1M each for 40, 45, 50, 55, 60 games. Washington declined 2016 option 11/3/15.
  • 2 years/$5.9M (2012-13), plus 2014 club option. Signed extension with Toronto 2/13/12 (avoided arbitration, $2.2M-$1.8M). 12:$2M, 13:$3.9M, 14:$4M club option, no buyout. Toronto exercised 2014 option 11/1/13.
  • 1 year/$1.095M (2011). Re-signed by Toronto 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2010). Re-signed by Toronto 1/19/10 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4139M (2009). Re-signed 3/3/09. Optioned to Triple-A 4/30/09. Recalled 5/22/09. Optioned to Triple-A 7/24/09. Recalled 8/14/09.
  • 1 year/$0.4039M (2008).
  • 1 year/$0.3852M (2007). Re-signed 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Contract purchased 4/06. Optioned to Triple-A 7/06.
  • Drafted 2004 (4-117). $0.15M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR BABIP WHIP ERA DRA VORP WARP
90o 2.8 0.9 2.2 55 0 50.8 47 20 32 8 .246 1.31 4.73 5.12 -1.3 -0.1
80o 2.4 0.7 1.8 48 0 44.2 44 19 28 8 .262 1.42 5.21 5.63 -3.6 -0.4
70o 2.1 0.6 1.6 43 0 39.6 42 18 25 8 .273 1.51 5.56 6.01 -4.8 -0.5
60o 1.8 0.5 1.3 39 0 35.8 40 17 23 7 .282 1.58 5.87 6.34 -5.6 -0.6
50o 1.6 0.4 1.2 35 0 32.4 38 16 21 7 .292 1.66 6.16 6.66 -6.2 -0.7
40o 1.4 0.3 1 31 0 29.0 35 15 19 6 .301 1.73 6.46 6.98 -6.6 -0.7
30o 1.2 0.3 0.8 27 0 25.5 32 14 16 6 .310 1.81 6.79 7.33 -6.7 -0.7
20o 1 0.2 0.7 23 0 21.6 29 12 14 5 .322 1.91 7.18 7.76 -6.7 -0.7
10o 0.7 0.1 0.5 18 0 16.4 24 10 10 4 .338 2.06 7.74 8.37 -6.2 -0.7
Weighted Mean1.60.41.134031.53615207.2891.646.116.61-5.9-0.6

Preseason Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2019 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP WHIP ERA DRA H/9 BB/9 K/9 HR/9 WARP
20203810131029341417638.2901.676.516.9210.74.45.31.9-0.6
20213910128026311316638.2961.696.436.8310.74.55.52.1-0.5
20224010126024291215538.2951.686.597.0010.74.45.51.8-0.6
20234110123022261113538.2921.716.637.0410.84.65.42.1-0.5
20244210121019231012438.2941.716.697.1110.74.75.61.9-0.5
2025431011801720910438.2961.746.777.1910.84.95.42.2-0.4
2026441011901822910438.2951.756.777.1911.24.65.12.0-0.4
2027451011901721910438.2951.736.817.2310.94.75.22.1-0.4
2028461011901721910438.2951.736.867.2910.94.75.22.1-0.4

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 68)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 82 Brian Sweeney 2011 0.00 DNP
2 80 Joe Beimel 2014 2.40
3 80 Ben Weber 2007 0.00 DNP
4 76 Steve Howe 1995 5.33
5 76 Ted Wilks 1953 9.82
6 75 Matt Herges 2007 3.33
7 74 Mike Stanton 2004 3.86
8 74 Mike Timlin 2003 3.98
9 74 Paul Lindblad 1979 0.00 DNP
10 74 Luis Ayala 2015 0.00 DNP
11 74 John Halama 2009 0.00 DNP
12 73 Mike Maddux 1999 3.92
13 73 Greg Swindell 2002 6.27
14 73 Dave Smith 1992 2.51
15 72 Scott Schoeneweis 2011 0.00 DNP
16 72 Sparky Lyle 1982 5.18
17 72 Shawn Camp 2013 7.04
18 72 Dave Giusti 1977 4.31
19 72 Marty Pattin 1980 4.04
20 72 Ramon Hernandez 1978 0.00 DNP
21 72 Graeme Lloyd 2004 0.00 DNP
22 71 Pedro Feliciano 2014 0.00 DNP
23 71 Craig Breslow 2018 0.00 DNP
24 71 Mike Jackson 2002 3.27
25 70 Clay Carroll 1978 2.25
26 70 Terry Leach 1991 3.74
27 70 Dick Drago 1982 0.00 DNP
28 70 Pete Walker 2006 7.20
29 70 Steve Reed 2002 2.01
30 69 Rich Rodriguez 2000 9.73
31 69 Dennis Lamp 1990 5.20
32 69 Mike Marshall 1980 6.40
33 68 Anthony Telford 2003 0.00 DNP
34 68 Joe Hoerner 1974 3.82
35 68 Tim Worrell 2005 5.55
36 68 Mike Magnante 2002 6.91
37 67 Hi Bell 1935 0.00 DNP
38 67 Ace Adams 1947 0.00 DNP
39 67 Jim Konstanty 1954 4.02
40 67 Rick White 2006 6.12
41 67 Pete Appleton 1941 9.15
42 67 Roger Mason 1995 0.00 DNP
43 67 Jose Mesa 2003 6.83
44 67 Bob Howry 2011 0.00 DNP
45 67 Tom Ferrick 1952 3.51
46 67 Ken Johnson 1970 9.00
47 67 Al Worthington 1966 2.56
48 67 Bud Byerly 1958 5.33
49 66 Clint Brown 1941 3.63
50 66 Art Fowler 1960 0.00 DNP
51 66 Waite Hoyt 1937 4.47
52 66 Joe Beggs 1948 0.00
53 66 Moe Drabowsky 1973 0.00 DNP
54 66 Rich Gossage 1989 3.41
55 66 Jeff Reardon 1993 4.96
56 66 David Weathers 2007 3.82
57 66 Jamie Walker 2009 5.84
58 66 Vic Darensbourg 2008 0.00 DNP
59 65 Brian Shouse 2006 4.23
60 65 Keiichi Yabu 2006 0.00 DNP
61 65 Paul Quantrill 2006 0.00 DNP
62 65 Bill Campbell 1986 4.20
63 65 Todd Jones 2005 2.34
64 65 Grant Jackson 1980 3.04
65 65 Fred Gladding 1973 4.60
66 65 Dan Quisenberry 1990 16.20
67 65 Mark Hendrickson 2011 5.73
68 65 Guillermo Mota 2011 3.81
69 65 Firpo Marberry 1936 5.73
70 65 Dick Tidrow 1984 10.91
71 65 Mike Cuellar 1974 3.54
72 65 Steve Farr 1994 6.99
73 64 Gene Garber 1985 3.79
74 64 Ron Kline 1969 6.10
75 64 Doug Bair 1987 5.93
76 64 Charlie Leibrandt 1994 0.00 DNP
77 64 Roberto Hernandez 2002 5.02
78 64 Ed Lopat 1955 4.58
79 64 Murry Dickson 1954 4.07
80 64 Ray Prim 1944 0.00 DNP
81 64 Roy Face 1965 2.95
82 64 Gary Lavelle 1986 0.00 DNP
83 64 Tom Martin 2007 4.91
84 64 Dick Hall 1968 5.28
85 64 J.C. Romero 2013 0.00 DNP
86 64 Brian Fuentes 2013 0.00 DNP
87 64 Bryan Corey 2011 0.00 DNP
88 64 Jerry Reuss 1986 6.93
89 64 Tom Burgmeier 1981 3.47
90 64 Jimmy Key 1998 4.42
91 64 Doyle Alexander 1988 4.79
92 64 Giovanni Carrara 2005 4.16
93 64 Yoshinori Tateyama 2013 0.00 DNP
94 63 Buddy Groom 2003 5.36
95 63 Dave Veres 2004 0.00 DNP
96 63 Ron Mahay 2008 3.76
97 63 Harry Gumbert 1947 4.18
98 63 Randy Choate 2013 2.29
99 63 Joey Eischen 2007 0.00 DNP
100 63 Jason Grimsley 2005 6.14

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2016 Casey Janssen used to throw 93, used to miss bats, used to come in for the ninth inning. And Rick Santorum and Mike Huckabee used to get to stand on the main stage at GOP debates. Sometimes big shifts can happen in four years, and for Janssen the the big shift involved a flattening curveball, slowing fastball and achy shoulder. Righties hit .284/.302/.500 against him, which is a fancy way of saying that his ceiling is a seventh-inning guy on a bad team.
2015 Janssen's 10-year career in the Blue Jays organization ended with a poor second-half performance, though that shouldn't erase the ninth-inning relief he's brought them. For Toronto, it's been relief in both senses of the word, much needed after B.J. Ryan's sour, volatile time. Janssen has led the Jays in saves over the past three years, stability the team hasn't seen since Billy Koch's reign from 2000-2002. His velocity has fallen for three straight years now—the only closers with lower velocity were Koji Uehara and Sergio Romo, both non-reliant on fastballs—but he has remained dependable and consistent with his signature command and cutter. His finesse should carry him into his mid-30s as a high-leverage reliever even if he doesn't remain in a ninth-inning role.
2014 Kenley Jansen? No, but the confusingly similar names are a salubrious reminder that closers are nearly indistinguishable at the bottom line: They pretty much all convert seven of every eight save chances. Janssen's outlandish 2012 strikeout-to-walk ratio fell to human levels in 2013 (though it was still excellent), but his home run rate dropped in compensation. Janssen's elite hit rate stayed stable, though, below seven per nine innings for the second straight year. How does he do it? His line-drive and infield-fly rates aren't especially out of step with the league. Instead, Janssen works the edges of the zone effectively and he's a heady pitcher who studies charts and video heavily. His brains should keep helping his modest stuff play up. The Jays gladly exercised their $4 million team option.
2013 After two years of serving as a solid middle reliever, Janssen received an opportunity to close after Sergio Santos was lost for the year with a right shoulder injury. Janssen converted 22 of 25 save chances while setting career bests in strikeouts, hits, and walks per nine innings. Not too shabby. Janssen is a versatile pitcher capable of working in any of the late innings, but not the overwhelming power arm of your typical major-league closer, relying more on deception and an above-average fastball/slider combination to retire hitters on either side. No one said typical was better.
2012 As improbable as Janssens success in 2010 seemed, his follow-up campaign was an improvement across the board. The only knock on his year was a month lost to a forearm strain. But despite his strong peripherals and 2.26 ERA, Janssen was used primarily in low-leverage situations. With the departure of both Jon Rauch and Frank Francisco, Janssen could become a more important part of the bullpen this season. He added yet another tick to his fastball and has grown to rely more on his cutter, which gives him a weapon against lefties that he once lacked.
2011 Janssen had a very good seasonthe kind that deserves to be rewarded. He transitioned to the bullpen in 2009 and gained comfort there in 2010. Used mostly in the seventh and eighth innings, Janssen dialed up his fastball a tick when pitching in relief. He likes to cut and sink his primary offering, which keeps hitters off-balance long enough to hit them with one of his two nifty breaking balls. With his shoulder injuries in the rearview mirror and his big frame apparently capable of handling a seasons workload, Janssen can be leaned on in big situations in 2011.
2010 After rehabbing in the minors following a 2008 season lost to labrum surgery, Janssen rejoined the Blue Jays crumbling rotation in late May with a couple of quality starts, but after being roughed up in two of three June outings he was shut back down with inflammation in his repaired shoulder. He returned in mid-August as a reliever with more strikeouts, but also more walks and, despite an early save, spent most of his time in low-leverage sixth-inning work. As a utility groundballer, Janssen should remain a modest asset capable of plugging emerging holes but seems unlikely to ever become a full-time solution to any of them.
2009 One of the teams primary set-up men in 2007, Janssen underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his pitching shoulder last March and missed the entire season. Labrum surgery isnt the death knell for a pitchers career that it once was, so expect Janssen to be in the mix again this year, possibly even as a starter. As long as the drop returns to Janssens low-90s sinker, he should pick up somewhere close to where he left off.
2008 In addition to four ground-balling starters, the Jays have a number of relievers who keep the ball down. Janssen's a big guy who could start for a number of teams, and pitched well in a set-up role most of last year despite a strikeout rate low enough to inspire concern. The Jays' depth in the bullpen was a big reason for their 83-79 record last season. Collectively, you have to expect some regression, particularly from Janssen, who will reprise his setup role this year.
2007 Think Brian Lawrence. Janssen is not a stuff guy, but he can be perfectly acceptable in front of a good infield defense, avoiding walks and generating enough ground balls to be a league-average starter. The Jays were a bit quick to pull the plug on him last year, demoting him to Syracuse after a series of frustrating outings in July. Guys like Janssen that pitch to contact are always going to have their ups and downs, like buoys bobbing on Lake Ontario.
2006 A 2004 4th-round pick, Janssen`s low-90s fastball is good enough that he doesn`t need to use his average breaking pitches that often. His control is also excellent -- his K-BB ratio was third in the minors among pitchers with at least 100 IP. Janssen was a level behind draft-mate Zach Jackson the entire way up the chain, but unlike Jackson, Janssen`s peripherals held up through three levels. He`ll have to fight through the rest of the talent in the system, but everything looks good so far.

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DateQuestionAnswer
2015-02-25 14:00:00 (link to chat)Toronto closer: Aaron Sanchez? Brett Cecil? You must have seen these guys in the Int, no?
(CyMature from fountain of youth)
Yes. Saw Sanchez at New Hampshire last year. He wasn't around AAA a long time. The guy is one of the biggest arms around the game. Mid 90's with ease. Tons of natural life and run. I was told he has those big Pedro Martinez fingers that create a natural rifling effect as he releases the ball. Even long tossing he would appear to be throwing 15 degree away from the catcher and the ball ran back that much. I think this is a big reason for his command issues. The other big problem is his short striding. I don't like it and it's not helping him repeat better at all. Two Plus or better pitches and the change has a ton of potential. Big, strong, athlete who can throw hard all day. He'd be a waste in the pen in many ways - it wouldn't hide his command deficiencies, for one. If you're having trouble locating that doesn't really improve if you suddenly ONLY pitch high leverage innings. In either case though, he doesn't need to improve his command to get big leaguers out. He can be effectively wild because the stuff is just so good. Our own Mark Anderson used a AJ Burnett comp I liked a lot. Burnett has basically been a thrower and not a pitcher his whole career and yet he's made a hell of a career of that. Sanchez could do the same and has the potential to evolve into a better type of pitcher (READ: NOT saying better career than Burnett neccesarily ). EDIT: Rambled and Forgot Cecil. Cecil was the Closer for Maryland in College and he's more than capable. I also wouldn't sleep on Aaron Loup. He gets out LHs and RHs and is a pretty strong arm. Neither of those guys has a more impressive resume than Casey Janssen when he took over, no? (Al Skorupa)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)Lots of closer news this week, but Casey Janssen sounds really banged up. Think Sergio Santos can hold it down all year?
(Tim from Ohio)
Certainly has the talent to do so but I do think Janssen gets a crack when he is healthy. When that is, is another question altogether. (Craig Goldstein)
2014-03-14 09:00:00 (link to chat)Mike, who do you foresee getting more saves this year between grilli and janssen?
(chopper from indy)
Hey chopper.

At the moment, I'd go with Jason Grilli. Casey Janssen's health gets me a little nervous, and Sergio Santos -if healthy - might be the best arm in that pen. But Mark Melancon is a risk for Grilli's saves too. I'm leaning Grilli here, not strongly endorsing. (Mike Gianella)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)Ben- Do you feel that Jason Grilli will come close to his save numbers fom last year? Do you think he'll have more saves than Casey Janssen? Thanks!
(chopper from indy)
Grilli's career is so weird. It shouldn't make sense that he's this good now, but, well he is. I don't have a good enough reason to tell you no, so sure, he can get to 30 saves again. I'd keep Melancon around as a handcuff, though. (Ben Carsley)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some underrated closers to target later in drafts? Do you like Casey Janssen or Jason Grilli?
(zissou from naples)
Grill probably falls into the underrated category. There is a lot of noise about Mark Melancon taking Grilli's job, but Grilli's numbers were solid last year and if he's healthy he probably hangs on. Greg Holland's walk rate was high last year, but the other numbers were strong and like Grilli the noise about Holland's set-up might keep the price low. Tom Wilhelmsen is a somewhat low profile but proved himself in 2012. I like Janssen if the health is there but the health gets me nervous. At least at the moment. (Mike Gianella)
2013-01-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Closers are on the mind today. Thoughts on how the Jays' and Angels' closer situations play out?
(Carlester from Seaboard)
There was a story yesterday or the day before that Ryan Madson could miss the first week of the season, so Ernesto Frieri might get the ninth-inning job on Opening Day, but Madson (if healthy) should get the opportunities the rest of the way. In Toronto, given how well Casey Janssen performed last year - and his success against both righty and lefty batters -I'd consider him the favorite. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-11-28 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Casey Janssen (assuming he recovers well from recent surgery) is a top 5-10 closer in 2013? What do you expect from Carl Crawford in LA? Thanks!
(Chopper from Indy)
I probably wouldn't project him to be, but I wouldn't be surprised if he were. There are very few late-inning relievers whom I'd be surprised to hear turned into a top 5-10 closer in any given season. I'm cautiously optimistic that Crawford won't be dead weight. He's not old enough or far enough removed from being good for me to write him off. (Ben Lindbergh)


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