Future Watch: Danny Jansen Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue Jays

Future Watch: Danny Jansen Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue JaysFuture Watch: Danny Jansen Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue JaysDanny Jansen was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2013 MLB Amateur Draft. This 6-2, 230-pound catcher has a chance to be an MLB regular.

There aren’t a ton of great rookie catchers so Jansen could have been a nice find for the Blue Jays. He’s been moving up in the minors for a long time. He played in 376 games down on the farm. He had a solid season last year with the Buffalo Bisons in Triple-A. In 298 at-bats he had 12 homers and 58 RBI in 88 games. He added 21 doubles, five steals, and a solid .275 batting average.

Jansen did play with the Blue Jays in 2018 as well. In 31 games he had three home runs and eight RBI. He hit six doubles and sported a .250 batting average.

According to his MLB.com draft profile:

That Jansen makes a lot of contact, understands the strike zone and recognizes pitches well highlights his upside as an offensive-oriented catcher who also adds value with his on-base skills. His combination of bat speed and physical strength yields sneaky power to his pull side, which is to where Jansen hit nine of his career-high 10 home runs in 2017. Behind the plate, Jansen has made impressive strides in his blocking, receiving and framing since signing, although his catch-and-throw skills may never be better than average.

Collectors can find his rookie card in 2019 Bowman Priority Baseball.

The Illinois native hit one with his parents in attendance:

Jansen is now a catcher with a power stroke playing with the Jays. In his first 111 at-bats, he smacked two homers and drove in 10. He added four doubles and 11 walks. He threw out 29% of baserunners and had a solid .993 fielding percentage. He’s a player to collect. Now 24, he will only get better.

Future Watch: Danny Jansen Rookie Baseball Cards, Blue Jays – Stats

Standard Batting
Year Age Tm Lg G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+ TB GDP HBP SH SF IBB Pos Awards
2018 23 TOR AL 31 95 81 12 20 6 0 3 8 0 0 9 17 .247 .347 .432 .779 115 35 1 4 0 1 0 2/D
2019 24 TOR AL 40 136 122 8 21 4 0 2 10 0 0 11 36 .172 .244 .254 .499 37 31 3 1 1 1 0 *2/D
2 Yrs 71 231 203 20 41 10 0 5 18 0 0 20 53 .202 .287 .325 .612 69 66 4 5 1 2 0
162 Game Avg. 162 527 463 46 94 23 0 11 41 0 0 46 121 .202 .287 .325 .612 69 151 9 11 2 5 0
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 5/28/2019.

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