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2019 Projections (Rest of Season Projections - seasonal age 31)
IP ERA WHIP SO W L SV WARP
12.7 3.12 1.11 15 1 1 9 0.2
Birth Date9-30-1987
Height6' 5"
Weight265 lbs
Age31 years, 10 months, 21 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
1.72015
2.42016
2.52017
2.02018
0.22019
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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
2010 LAN MLB 25 0 27.0 1 0 4 12 15 41 0 88 4.0 5.0 0.0 13.7 0% .231 1.00 1.84 0.67 50 2.04 46.0 0.9
2011 LAN MLB 51 0 53.7 2 1 5 30 26 96 3 91 5.0 4.4 0.5 16.1 0% .297 1.04 1.70 2.85 44 1.94 45.1 1.8
2012 LAN MLB 65 0 65.0 5 3 25 33 22 99 6 94 4.6 3.0 0.8 13.7 0% .221 0.85 2.44 2.35 55 1.93 44.1 2.2
2013 LAN MLB 75 0 76.7 4 3 28 48 18 111 6 97 5.6 2.1 0.7 13.0 0% .273 0.86 1.96 1.88 59 2.07 49.6 2.3
2014 LAN MLB 68 0 65.3 2 3 44 55 19 101 5 95 7.6 2.6 0.7 13.9 0% .350 1.13 1.87 2.76 57 1.87 45.8 2.1
2015 LAN MLB 54 0 52.3 2 1 36 33 8 80 6 89 5.7 1.4 1.0 13.8 0% .260 0.78 2.16 2.41 58 1.97 46.1 1.7
2016 LAN MLB 71 0 68.7 3 2 47 35 11 104 4 90 4.6 1.4 0.5 13.6 33% .238 0.67 1.47 1.83 56 1.93 42.8 2.4
2017 LAN MLB 65 0 68.3 5 0 41 44 7 109 5 5.8 0.9 0.7 14.4 40% .291 0.75 1.33 1.32 42 1.90 40.5 2.5
2018 LAN MLB 69 0 71.7 1 5 38 54 17 82 13 96 6.8 2.1 1.6 10.3 36% .234 0.99 3.98 3.01 80 2.56 57.2 2.0
2019 LAN MLB 47 0 47.7 3 3 26 39 11 63 7 95 7.4 2.1 1.3 11.9 38% .283 1.05 3.35 3.59 83 3.42 69.8 1.0
CareerMLB5900596.3282129438315488655835.82.30.813.436%.2700.902.222.31592.1448.418.9

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.
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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-
2009 SBR A+ CLF 12 0 11.7 0 0 0 14 11 19 1 97 10.8 8.5 0.8 14.6 0% .481 2.14 4.44 4.62 0 0.00 0.0
2009 PEJ Wnt AFL 5 0 4.7 0 0 0 5 3 9 1 9.6 5.7 1.9 17.2 0% .444 1.70 5.73 9.57 0 0.00 0.0
2010 LAN MLB NL 25 0 27.0 1 0 4 12 15 41 0 88 4.0 5.0 0.0 13.7 0% .231 1.00 1.84 0.67 50 2.04 46.0
2010 SBR A+ CLF 11 0 18.0 1 1 0 15 6 28 0 7.5 3.0 0.0 14.0 0% .385 1.17 1.61 1.50 0 0.00 0.0
2010 CHT AA SOU 22 0 27.0 4 0 8 14 17 50 0 4.7 5.7 0.0 16.7 0% .318 1.15 1.56 1.67 0 0.00 0.0
2011 LAN MLB NL 51 0 53.7 2 1 5 30 26 96 3 91 5.0 4.4 0.5 16.1 0% .297 1.04 1.70 2.85 44 1.94 45.1
2011 RCU A+ CAL 2 2 2.0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 91 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0% .000 0.00 -0.06 0.00 53 1.94 39.5
2011 CHT AA SOU 5 0 6.0 0 1 0 2 3 9 1 3.0 4.5 1.5 13.5 0% .111 0.83 3.96 4.50 70 2.59 53.0
2012 LAN MLB NL 65 0 65.0 5 3 25 33 22 99 6 94 4.6 3.0 0.8 13.7 0% .221 0.85 2.44 2.35 55 1.93 44.1
2013 LAN MLB NL 75 0 76.7 4 3 28 48 18 111 6 97 5.6 2.1 0.7 13.0 0% .273 0.86 1.96 1.88 59 2.07 49.6
2014 LAN MLB NL 68 0 65.3 2 3 44 55 19 101 5 95 7.6 2.6 0.7 13.9 0% .350 1.13 1.87 2.76 57 1.87 45.8
2015 LAN MLB NL 54 0 52.3 2 1 36 33 8 80 6 89 5.7 1.4 1.0 13.8 0% .260 0.78 2.16 2.41 58 1.97 46.1
2015 RCU A+ CAL 6 5 5.3 0 1 0 6 1 8 1 111 10.1 1.7 1.7 13.5 0% .455 1.31 3.78 5.06 67 3.11 68.1
2016 LAN MLB NL 71 0 68.7 3 2 47 35 11 104 4 90 4.6 1.4 0.5 13.6 33% .238 0.67 1.47 1.83 56 1.93 42.8
2017 LAN MLB NL 65 0 68.3 5 0 41 44 7 109 5 5.8 0.9 0.7 14.4 40% .291 0.75 1.33 1.32 42 1.90 40.5
2018 LAN MLB NL 69 0 71.7 1 5 38 54 17 82 13 96 6.8 2.1 1.6 10.3 36% .234 0.99 3.98 3.01 80 2.56 57.2
2019 LAN MLB NL 47 0 47.7 3 3 26 39 11 63 7 95 7.4 2.1 1.3 11.9 38% .283 1.05 3.35 3.59 83 3.42 69.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr%
2010 477 0.5367 0.4465 0.6291 0.5977 0.2715 0.6601 0.5500 0.3709
2011 979 0.5659 0.4464 0.6156 0.5866 0.2635 0.6554 0.5000 0.3844
2012 1048 0.5534 0.4552 0.6709 0.5948 0.2821 0.7362 0.5000 0.3291
2013 1239 0.5513 0.4931 0.6759 0.6442 0.3076 0.7250 0.5497 0.3241
2014 1027 0.5716 0.5326 0.6600 0.6985 0.3114 0.7049 0.5255 0.3400
2015 788 0.6104 0.5584 0.6727 0.6965 0.3420 0.7254 0.5048 0.3273
2016 994 0.5845 0.5604 0.6643 0.7246 0.3293 0.7411 0.4265 0.3357
2017 997 0.5496 0.5476 0.6392 0.6861 0.3786 0.6941 0.5176 0.3608
2018 1140 0.5219 0.5149 0.7172 0.7042 0.3083 0.7613 0.6071 0.2828
2019 769 0.5059 0.5410 0.6779 0.7095 0.3684 0.7464 0.5429 0.3221
Career94580.55550.51080.66480.66610.31650.71820.52270.3352

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
2013-02-16 2013-02-17 Camp 1 0 Right Ingrown Nail Big Toe - -
2013-02-11 2013-02-17 Camp 6 0 Right Surgery Ingrown Toenail In Big Toe - -
2012-10-23 2012-10-23 Off 0 0 - General Medical Surgery Cardiac Ablation 2012-10-23 -
2012-08-28 2012-09-19 DTD 22 18 - General Medical Cardiac Arrhythmia Atrial Fibrillation - -
2012-03-08 2012-03-10 Camp 2 0 - General Medical Cardiac Arrhythmia Atrial Fibrillation - -
2011-07-27 2011-08-25 15-DL 29 26 - General Medical Cardiac Arrhythmia Atrial Fibrillation - -
2011-05-27 2011-06-18 15-DL 22 20 Right Shoulder Inflammation -
2011-03-04 2011-03-07 Camp 3 0 Contusion -
2009-04-09 2009-07-30 Minors 112 0 Not Disclosed -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2021 LAN $20,000,000
2020 LAN $18,000,000
2019 LAN $19,333,333
2018 LAN $11,333,333
2017 LAN $11,333,334
2016 LAN $10,650,000
2015 LAN $7,400,000
2014 LAN $4,300,000
2013 LAN $512,000
2012 LAN $491,000
2011 LAN $416,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$46,435,667
2019Current$19,333,333
9 yrPvs + Cur$65,769,000
2 yrFuture$38,000,000
11 yrTotal$103,769,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
8 y 73 dWasserman Media Group5 years/$80M (2017-21)

Details
  • 5 years/$80M (2017-21). Re-signed by LA Dodgers as a free agent 1/10/17. $4M signing bonus. 17:$10M, 18:$10M, 19:$18M, 20:$18M, 21:$20M. Jansen may opt out of contact after 2019 season. Assignment bonus: $1M with trade.
  • 1 year/$10.65M (2016). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/15/16 (avoided arbitration). LA Dodgers made $17.2M qualifying offer 11/7/16 (rejected).
  • 1 year/$7.4M (2015). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 1/16/15 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.3M (2014). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/11/14 (avoided arbitration, $5.05M-$3.5M).
  • 1 year/$0.512M (2013). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/13.
  • 1 year/$0.491M (2012). Re-signed by LA Dodgers.
  • 1 year/$0.416M (2011). Re-signed by LA Dodgers 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Contract purchased by LA Dodgers 11/18/09. Re-signed by LA Dodgers 2/10.
  • Signed by LA Dodgers 2004 as an amateur free agent from Curacao.

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 0.7 0.5 9 12 0 27.7 19 6 33 3 .241 0.89 2.14 2.43 3.0 0.3
80o 0.7 0.5 9 12 0 22.4 16 5 27 3 .255 0.97 2.47 2.81 2.5 0.3
70o 0.7 0.5 9 12 0 18.7 14 5 22 2 .266 1.02 2.71 3.08 2.1 0.2
60o 0.7 0.6 9 12 0 15.6 13 4 19 2 .274 1.07 2.93 3.33 1.8 0.2
50o 0.7 0.6 9 12 0 12.8 11 4 15 2 .283 1.11 3.12 3.55 1.5 0.2
40o 0.7 0.6 9 12 0 10.0 9 3 12 1 .291 1.16 3.32 3.78 1.2 0.1
30o 0.7 0.6 9 12 0 7.2 7 2 9 1 .300 1.21 3.54 4.03 0.8 0.1
20o 0.6 0.6 9 12 0 3.9 4 1 5 1 .310 1.27 3.80 4.33 0.4 0.0
Weighted Mean0.70.6912012.1103142.2801.103.093.521.50.2

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
202032314567071561880937.2861.053.553.977.12.310.21.10.7
202133314667071541878937.2751.013.513.926.82.39.91.10.8
202234314058062501669837.2901.063.644.077.32.310.01.20.6
202335213145048401353737.2941.113.774.217.62.510.01.30.4
202436213044046381251637.2901.083.704.137.42.39.91.20.4
202537212842044351249637.2891.073.604.027.22.510.01.20.4
202638213247050401355737.2881.073.664.097.22.410.01.30.5
202739212537040341143537.2981.133.794.237.72.59.81.10.3
202840212638041341144637.2931.113.844.297.52.49.71.30.3

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 65)

Rank Score Name Year Run Average Trend
1 87 Billy Wagner 2003 1.88
2 86 David Robertson 2016 3.47
3 84 Brad Lidge 2008 2.21
4 83 Bryan Harvey 1994 5.23
5 83 Tom Henke 1989 2.02
6 80 Trevor Hoffman 1999 3.07
7 77 Rafael Soriano 2011 4.12
8 77 Jose Valverde 2009 2.50
9 76 Jonathan Papelbon 2012 2.83
10 76 Rich Gossage 1983 2.78
11 75 Sergio Romo 2014 3.72
12 75 Sean Doolittle 2018 1.60
13 73 Lee Smith 1989 3.69
14 72 Ryne Duren 1960 5.14
15 72 Rollie Fingers 1978 2.77
16 72 Brett Cecil 2018 7.44
17 72 Frank Francisco 2011 3.73
18 72 Octavio Dotel 2005 3.52
19 71 Robb Nen 2001 3.24
20 71 Jason Motte 2013 0.00 DNP
21 70 Joel Hanrahan 2013 9.82
22 70 Michael Wuertz 2010 4.76
23 70 Joe Nathan 2006 1.58
24 69 Joakim Soria 2015 2.66
25 69 David Hernandez 2016 3.84
26 69 Brian Fuentes 2007 3.82
27 69 Grant Balfour 2009 5.21
28 68 Nate Jones 2017 2.31
29 68 Francisco Rodriguez 2013 2.70
30 68 Rafael Betancourt 2006 4.13
31 68 Jake McGee 2018 6.66
32 68 Roberto Hernandez 1996 2.23
33 67 Steve Cishek 2017 2.01
34 66 Kyle Farnsworth 2007 5.25
35 66 Jeff Nelson 1998 4.02
36 66 Paul Shuey 2002 3.84
37 66 Antonio Bastardo 2017 15.00
38 65 Fernando Salas 2016 3.91
39 65 Jim Kern 1980 5.54
40 65 Tyler Clippard 2016 3.86
41 64 B.J. Ryan 2007 14.54
42 64 Kiko Calero 2006 3.41
43 64 Jeff Montgomery 1993 2.27
44 64 Wade Davis 2017 2.45
45 64 Adam Ottavino 2017 5.06
46 63 John Wetteland 1998 2.47
47 63 Huston Street 2015 3.18
48 63 Brad Brach 2017 3.57
49 62 Al Holland 1984 3.48
50 62 Dan Wheeler 2009 3.75
51 62 Armando Benitez 2004 1.42
52 62 Andrew Miller 2016 1.57
53 62 Gene Garber 1979 5.60
54 62 Norm Charlton 1994 0.00 DNP
55 62 Sergio Santos 2015 4.96
56 62 Josh Fields 2017 3.00
57 62 John Axford 2014 4.28
58 62 Scott Williamson 2007 5.02
59 61 Darren O'Day 2014 1.83
60 61 Damaso Marte 2006 4.63
61 61 Vinnie Pestano 2016 0.00 DNP
62 61 Sandy Koufax 1967 0.00 DNP
63 61 Michael Gonzalez 2009 3.39
64 61 Matt Bush 2017 5.16
65 60 Tom Seaver 1976 2.76
66 60 Sean Marshall 2014 9.00
67 60 Brendan Donnelly 2003 1.70
68 60 Junichi Tazawa 2017 5.69
69 60 Bruce Sutter 1984 1.98
70 60 Heath Bell 2009 2.71
71 60 Joe Sambito 1983 0.00 DNP
72 60 Arthur Rhodes 2001 1.85
73 59 Johnny Allen 1936 4.00
74 59 Jesse Crain 2013 1.47
75 59 Ron Guidry 1982 4.18
76 59 Yu Darvish 2018 5.40
77 59 Willie Hernandez 1986 3.65
78 59 Ryan Madson 2012 0.00 DNP
79 59 George Sherrill 2008 4.73
80 59 Jason Bulger 2010 5.25
81 59 Luke Gregerson 2015 3.54
82 58 Paul Assenmacher 1992 4.24
83 58 Jon Rauch 2010 3.12
84 58 James Hoyt 2018 0.00
85 58 Al Alburquerque 2017 2.50
86 58 Nick Masset 2013 0.00 DNP
87 58 Joaquin Benoit 2009 0.00 DNP
88 58 Fernando Rodney 2008 4.91
89 58 Mike Dunn 2016 3.40
90 58 Greg McMichael 1998 5.16
91 57 Danny Farquhar 2018 5.63
92 57 A.J. Ramos 2018 6.41
93 57 Daniel Hudson 2018 4.89
94 57 Doug Jones 1988 2.81
95 57 Firpo Marberry 1930 5.09
96 57 John Hiller 1974 3.06
97 57 Bob Feller 1950 3.83
98 57 Max Scherzer 2016 3.04
99 57 Skip Lockwood 1978 3.57
100 57 Randy Myers 1994 4.02

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2019  Due to publishing agreements, the 2019 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2019 book (available in hardcopy, and soon e-book and Kindle).
2018 John Keats once opined that a thing of beauty is a joy forever, and he was right. When Jansen threw 20 pitches in an inning, 17 of 'em were 93-to-94-mph cut fastballs—blazing darts that hooked hard and late to the glove side and held their vertical line better than just about any other cut fastball. The pitch poured from the heaven’s brink again in 2017, one of the most dominant in all the world. But what really brought Jansen to the next level was the slider. It’s a rare pitch to be sure, but upon deployment it coaxed many more whiffs last year than it had in 2016. And when you’ve got as little room to improve as Jansen, that’s a pretty big deal. He’ll enter the second year of his five-year deal in Keats-approved fashion, full of sweet dreams and health and quiet breathing.
2017 Performing in a walk year, Jansen walked all over the competition. He recorded career-bests in innings pitched, ERA, WHIP, DRA- and TAv allowed. He regained a tick of lost velocity on his cutter and used it to cut swaths through the league writ large. He also showcased a newfound durability in the playoffs, going two-plus innings on more than one occasion. He'll be remembered most for his valiant efforts in Game 5 of the NLDS, entering with none out in the seventh and laboring for more than 50 pitches to cobble together seven crucial outs beore turning things over to the best pitcher on the planet. Still, it was his Game 6 performance in the NLCS that will appeal to teams in free agency. Jansen stared down a potent Cubs lineup and faced the minimum over three innings, ringing up four and barely breaking a sweat—in stark contrast to Clayton Kershaw's struggles preceding him. If he wasn't already the best reliever in baseball, becoming a multi-inning monster might just get him to the top.
2016 Despite pitching in the Golden Age of Bullpens, Jansen has never received quite as much fanfare as, say, Aroldis Chapman, Craig Kimbrel or even Andrew Miller. That's a shame, because the burly right-hander is just as good as any of them. Jansen didn't throw a pitch until May 15th last year thanks to foot surgery, but he was as dominant as ever once he returned, striking out a stupefying 40 percent of the batters he faced. Only Chapman and Miller struck out a higher percentage among pitchers with at least 40 innings, but Jansen walked fewer than either of those two southpaws. He upped his slider usage a bit in 2015, yet still relied on his cutter nearly 90 percent of the time, and despite throwing that pitch more than a mile per hour slower than he did in 2014, it did not lose its effectiveness. Jansen is slated for free agency after this season, and while he may prove to be exorbitantly expensive to most, this is the Dodgers we're talking about. He should stay in Hollywood (or Echo Park, whatever) for a long time.
2015 This is the stupidest thing to say, but Jansen's dominance as a closer practically invites stupid comparisons, in particular his dominance as a closer with one incredible pitch, in particular in particular because that pitch is a cutter, so we're just going to go ahead and say it: Through his age-26 season, Kenley Jansen has 106 saves; through his age-26 season, Mariano Rivera had five. (Warned you that it was stupid.) Anyway, it's weird that Jansen has never received even a single Cy Young vote, right? Henderson Alvarez, Francisco Liriano and Kyle Lohse have received votes in the last three years, though so have Aroldis Chapman and Craig Kimbrel, which illustrates the problem: However good Jansen is, he's "only" the third-best closer in the National League. Baseball nerd ideology says the Dodgers should let him walk to someone dumb enough to pay him after 2016 and home-grow some new closer in the meantime, but baseball nerds don't have 10-figure local media deal.
2014 Jansen continued to develop in his fourth year of education at the Mariano Rivera school for elite relievers, using his 93 mph cutter 89 percent of the time. The firehose approach gives his secondary pitches extra ambush power, so both his slider and sinker subsequently play as swing-and-miss pitcheshis sinker, in fact, had baseball's highest whiff rate. Jansen has progressively honed his pitch command each year, and last year's career-low walk rate shows he has erased his only real weakness. He has no platoon disadvantage, and became hysterical in high leverage, holding batters to a .136/.176/.192 line. But perhaps the most gratifying aspect of his 2013 season was a successful recovery from offseason surgery to remedy the cardiac arrhythmia that had frighteningly disrupted his previous two seasons.
2013 Jansen couldn't match his record-setting strikeout rate from 2011, but his cutter still ranked among the game's toughest-to-hit pitches, and he remained dominant. He held batters to a .146/.230/.274 line and took over the full-time closer role from a struggling Guerra in late April. Alas, the cardiac arrhythmia that sidelined him for four weeks in 2011 resurfaced again, and he wound up spending three weeks on the DL in late August and September, a stretch during which the Dodgers' playoff hopes faded for good. After the season, he underwent a surgical ablation to correct the problem. With the Dodgers re-signing Leaguewho took over closer chores in Jansen's absenceto an expensive and unnecessary contract, the plan is for Jansen to return to a setup role, where at least he'll be able to pitch multiple innings when the occasion dictates.
2012 The converted catcher from Curaao's first full season in the majors was a rocky one, at least in the early going. Hit for three homers in his first 8 2/3 innings, he carried a hefty 6.43 ERA through late May, when he went on the disabled list with shoulder inflammation. Amid injury miseries, he honed his 92-95 mph cutter into one of the game's best, and posted a 1.20 ERA without allowing a homer over his final 45 innings, with a whopping 83 strikeouts and a 4.1 K/BB ratio. If that's not eye-popping enough, consider that from the point of his first return from the DL to the end of the season, he whiffed 61 of the 120 batters he faced, holding those hitters to a .094/.192/.104 line, and wound up setting a record for the highest K rate for any season with a 50-inning minimum, topping Carlos Marmol's 2010 rate of 16.0.
2011 Formerly a light-hitting but cannon-armed catcher, this native of Curaao was converted to pitching in 2009 and took to it quickly, turning heads with his heat and impressive control in the Arizona Fall League. He blew hitters away at two stops last year, prompting the Dodgers to recall him in late July despite just 56 2/3 pro innings. With a mid-90s fastball, two-plane slider, and occasional changeup, he dominated big-league hitters; righties went 3-for-48 against him, lefties 9-for-44, and by year's end he was occasionally closing. Obviously, Jansen is a work in progress when it comes to refining his secondary pitches, holding runners and the like, and it remains to be seen how he will handle adversity, but the Dodgers love his work ethic. He could be part of their late-game bullpen picture out of the gate in 2011.
2010 The starting catcher on the upstart Netherlands World Baseball Classic squad, Kenley Jansen's cannon-like arm, strong physique, and light hitting (.229/.311/.337 in five seasons) prompted a conversion to the mound. His AFL stint drew raves, as he consistently reached 96-97 mph while demonstrating an improved feel for his slider.
2009 The system was already thin at catcher before Carlos Santana was traded to Cleveland in the Blake deal, but with Lucas Mays conversion going agonizingly slowly, the systems best hope as a backstop may be this hulking Curaao native; like the rarely spotted giant squid, estimates of his size vary, running as high as 6-foot-5 and 245. Despite the unspectacular numbers, Jansen has tremendous raw power and a good throwing arm (catching 37 percent on attempted steals).

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2018-06-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)12 teams, 15 keepers, points, pitching important, at least 1 RP usually kept. It's safe to keep Kenley Jansen for another year, right? Next best RP is Ryan Tepera.
(Jim from NY)
Yeah, Jansen has been back to his old self for two solid months. I wouldn't worry at all for 2019 unless something else awful happens. But Tepera may be an interesting guy to keep too, if you need another RP. Rising GB% each month, and he's had a 1.5 BB/9 in 2 of 3 months. I wouldn't keep him over a really good SP, but definitely keep an eye on the rest of his season. (Kevin Jebens)
2016-06-21 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is there a prospect that your colleagues are particularly high on but you are not?
(Todd from Ohio)
Good question. I'm not nearly as high on Joey Gallo as everyone else. Usually it's good to take that as an indication that I'm wrong rather than an indication that everyone else is wrong and I'm right, but something about his profile makes me think he'll never put it all together as a hitter.

Gallo has a huge arm, apparently, so if I'm right and the hitting thing doesn't work out, maybe he could go the Kenley Jansen / Sean Doolittle route and become a premium closer. (Scooter Hotz)
2015-03-25 19:00:00 (link to chat)What type of prospect package would Kenley Jansen fetch?
(Kenley from Jansentucky)
I dunno man, why would you want to trade a guy when his value is the lowest and the rest of the pen is made up of belly button lint? (Jordan Gorosh)
2014-07-24 19:00:00 (link to chat)Is Justin Upton, Lance Lynn, and Derek Holland a reasonable price for Chris Sale, Joey Gallo, Kenley Jansen, and a top 5-10 prospect pick (assume 2014 draftees)?
(AJ from Phoenix)
I value Sale over Upton by enough to want more in this deal if I'm the Sale side. (Mauricio Rubio)
2014-05-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Doug, Greg Holland and Kenley Jansen are putting up incredible K rates with high velocity (Jansen is on pace for 150 Ks as a reliever!) Do you see either keeping up this kind of pace over the rest of the season?
(seabass77 from Milwaukee)
Both pitchers have posted ridiculous K rates in the past, and though it is tempting to assume that there will be some regression (Jansen just has to regress, right?), the fact that the game is trending more and more toward high strikeout numbers suggests that they could maintain eye-popping numbers.

On the jukebox: Sepultura, "Troops of Doom" (Doug Thorburn)
2013-04-16 20:00:00 (link to chat)Is Kenley Jansen ever going to be the Dodgers closer? Do you think League is good enough to keep the gig?
(nubber from tx)
Yes and yes. Jansen will get a shot eventually, but League is good enough for the role. (Bret Sayre)
2013-04-10 20:00:00 (link to chat)MG What's going on? In a yahoo league rotisserie standard 8 team league. I really need to make a couple of adjustments. Need to add another pitcher and solid bar to this line up. This league is tough with trades! Who should we ditch and is there anyone we should be tracking or picking up? Here is the squad, 1. (6) Albert Pujols 1B 2. (11) Joe Mauer C,1B 3. (22) Jacoby Ellsbury OF 4. (27) Evan Longoria 3B 5. (38) Matt Holliday OF 6. (43) Cliff Lee SP 7. (54) Shin-Soo Choo OF 8. (59) Jose Altuve 2B 9. (70) Jimmy Rollins SS 10. (75) Roy Halladay SP 11. (86) Huston Street RP 12. (91) Addison Reed RP 13. (102) Anthony Rizzo 1B 14. (107) Jason Grilli RP 15. (118) Tim Lincecum SP 16. (123) Alex Gordon OF 17. (134) Carlos Marmol RP 18. (139) Dan Haren SP 19. (150) Kenley Jansen RP 20. (155) Rickie Weeks 2B 21. (166) Alejandro De Aza OF 22. (171) J.P. Arencibia C Guys who are available. FYI Materson, ziti, e Santana, pettitte Crisp, wells, m Saunders, carpenter, werth
(coach53 from Ct)
Hey Coach

Without knowing what the rules are regarding how deep your reserve lists are and what your free agent pool looks like it's difficult to offer specific advice. Your roster looks strong, but 8-team mixed probably has a lot of rosters that look like this. Dan Haren and Tim Lincecum seem like players that you should be upgrading on. Feel free to drop Carlos Marmol, and as much as I love Kenley Jansen if there's a closer out there, get him; in an 8-team league you shouldn't be speculating on future saves but getting saves here and now. The free agents you list don't look particularly great which - again - makes me wonder how deep your reserve lists are. (Mike Gianella)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)What position has the biggest drop off between the "elite" group and the next tier. If that makes sense...
(Schackmj from Hoboken)
Closer. Craig Kimbrel is on a different planet, even if he's had a so-so spring and WBC, and while the next tier offers some very solid names -- Motte, Papelbon and Mariano -- they're not even close to Kimbrel in terms of value. This would be a different story if we knew Kenley Jansen and Aroldis were going to be locked in as closers this year, but as of today, Kimbrel is laps ahead of the next tier of closers. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-20 11:00:00 (link to chat)Who saves more games in 2013, Kenley Jansen or Aroldis Chapman?
(Hemmo from Amsterdam, the Netherlands)
Oooh, prop bet! I'm gonna go with Aroldis, just on the hunch that Dusty wins out and he's the closer all year. And even if Aroldis starts the season in the rotation, Kenley still has to beat out League for the job, so he's no sure thing either. Great challenge bet. (Cory Schwartz)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)What closer do you think loses his job first?
(Wes from Texas)
Bruce Rondon, does he count? Was he ever the closer in Detroit? For an actual closer, I'd be shaking in my boots if I were Brandon League with Kenley Jansen behind me. (Paul Singman)
2013-03-06 20:00:00 (link to chat)Which closers in waiting might be worth drafting and stashing this year?
(Cal Guy from Cal)
I'd go with Kenley Jansen, Pestano, and Sergio Santos. (Paul Singman)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long before Jansen starts taking away save opps from League?
(Sean T from Bethesda)
Tough to say, but even in a best case scenario for Brandon League owners it's not hard to see Kenley Jansen saving 5-10. The simple answer is if League struggles I don't think Don Mattingly will have orders from up above to use League because he has the big contract. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)Kenley Jansen going to turn into a top 3 MLB closer soon? Ever?
(Tony from Wow, STILL here)
Probably not. (Jason Parks)
2012-04-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Jay! I'll be having some very traditional Uruguayan lunch by the time of the chat (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asado) but I wanted to drop by, say hi, and ask a very profound question: if I, being 10000 miles away, can see through at least half of the childish mental mistakes players/managers/GMs make daily, how come these still happen? Is the next market inefficiency to cut down on all those Caught Stealing third for the 3rd out / not using your best reliever in the highest leverage situations / keeping 'veterans' in the roster instead of giving promising young players a chance / etc.?
(Guillermo from Montevideo, Uruguay)
Hey Guillermo! Always good to hear from Uruguay's number one BP fan, and man, I'm jealous with regards to lunch (Uruguay is a carnivore's paradise, for those who are unaware).

I think some of the mistakes you talk about (caught stealing for the third out) are ones that will always be with us, but the game does slowly evolve, and we've seen something of a movement where certain veterans have trouble finding jobs because of a general trend towards younger players - take the absence of Vlad Guerrero, Hideki Matsui, and Johnny Damon (though he finally signed with Cleveland) from rosters after competent but hardly stellar seasons.

Sooner or later, some team is going to get more daring with their reliever usage, though it's worth noting that in some places like Cleveland (Vinny Pestano), Detroit (Joaquin Benoit), Los Angeles (Kenley Jansen) and Washington (Tyler Clippard) teams already have their best relievers in non-closing situations that are often higher-leverage. It happens more often than you think. (Jay Jaffe)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any picks for non-closers worth taking for pure K/WHIP/ERA/maybe win-stealing upside? Basically Tyler Clippard types...
(Mark from Cleveland)
Kenley Jansen #1, but his save upside will make him expensive. Clippard is good. Mike Adams, Sergio Romo (if they let him face more lefties this year and he gets more than 40 IP), Jonny Venters, Hong-Chih Kuo (if healthy), Joaquin Benoit, Grant Balfour (if he doesn't close), Matt Thornton/Addison Reed (whoever doesn't close). (Derek Carty)
2012-01-12 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based upon your analysis, which pitchers would say are going to breakout this season and outperform their current projections/draft position? PS: Snow in Kansas...
(LoyalRoyal from Kansas)
I think I mentioned Fautino de los Santos in my last chat. I've been a big fan of his, though he is a gamble with control. A safer pick, but less under the radar is Kenley Jansen.

I dunno, I'm bad at off-the-cuff recommendations like this. I'm better when I put in preparation by poring over lists. I found that out the hard way last year in my fantasy auction. I had a busy spring and didn't get much prep work, and my team was mediocre as a result. The previous few years when I had done dedicated prep work getting familiar with all the players on every roster, I did much better. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Based on pure stuff/dominance/command (whatever strikes you), which pitchers are you most looking forward to watching this postseason?
(Lucas Apostoleris from Amherst, MA)
Kenley Jansen is the guy that has piqued my interest most recently, but I'll have all offseason to look at him, I suppose.

Of the pitchers who look playoff-bound, Craig Kimbrel is just amazing. I'm curious about Verlander's BABIP this year. Doug Fister is an interesting story. I've wanted to look at Alexi Ogando's switch to the rotation. Koji Uehara fascinates me, with his splitter and high flyball/popup rate. Josh Collmenter and Ian Kennedy are interesting.

Of course there's no way I'll end up analyzing all or even most of those guys, but those are a few names who grab my attention. (Mike Fast)
2011-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)One last question and I know it may be early for this one... Any hitters or pitchers you like a breakout candidates next year?
(Jquinton82 from NY)
Hm, I like the look of Jerome Williams in a small sample this year. I think Fister and McCarthy may be the real deal, though they're not exactly breakout candidates any more. I like Brian Duensing coming into this season, and still do.

Dave Robertson and Kenley Jansen are two names that will surprise no one, but they could end up in bigger roles. In that vein, Greg Holland for the Royals, Vinnie Pestano for the Indians. And in the this-guys-stuff-intrigues-me-but-his-wildness-scares-me category, plus he has a cool name: Fautino de los Santos. (Mike Fast)
2011-08-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who are some current non-closers whom you could see closing at the beginning of next season?
(Andrew from Las Vegas)
This is a planned article topic for the near future, but I haven't taken a super close look yet. Guys that come to mind include Bobby Parnell, Mike Adams, Luke Gregerson, Kenley Jansen, and Aaron Crow. (Derek Carty)
2009-11-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Kenley Jansen will develop the command to be a late-innings guy? What's the ceiling?
(Dillon from Pasadena, CA)
It's a project. He's an exciting arm with a ton of velocity, but it's still a project with no guarantees. (Kevin Goldstein)


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