Danny Jansen

Daniel Robert Jansen (born April 15, 1995) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Danny Jansen
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Jansen at the 2018 All-Star Futures Game
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 9
Born: (1995-04-15) April 15, 1995 (age 27)
Elmhurst, Illinois
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 13, 2018, for the Toronto Blue Jays
MLB statistics
(through May 24, 2022)
Batting average.216
Home runs38
Runs batted in107

Professional careerEdit

Minor leaguesEdit

Jansen attended Appleton West High School in Appleton, Wisconsin, and was drafted by the Blue Jays in the 16th round of the 2013 Major League Baseball draft.[1] He had committed to play college baseball at Jacksonville University, but signed with the Blue Jays instead.[2] He was assigned to the Rookie-level Gulf Coast League Blue Jays for the season, appearing in 36 games and hitting .246 with 18 runs batted in (RBI). He showed above-average plate discipline that season, walking 21 times while striking out only 10 times.[1] In 2014, Jansen was promoted to the Rookie Advanced Bluefield Blue Jays. In 38 games, he batted .282 with five home runs and 17 RBI.[1] Jansen was assigned to the Class-A Lansing Lugnuts in 2015, but spent more than half the season on the disabled list.[3] After a seven-game rehab stint in the Gulf Coast League, Jansen rejoined the Lugnuts in August. In 53 total games, he hit .210 with five home runs and 30 RBI.[1]

Jansen was invited to Major League spring training on January 12, 2016,[4] and reassigned to minor league camp on March 12.[5] He was assigned to the Advanced-A Dunedin Blue Jays for the 2016 minor league season.[6] In 57 total games, Jansen hit .218 with one home run and 25 RBI in 2016.[1] After the 2016 season, the Blue Jays assigned Jansen to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League.[7] He appeared in 20 games for the Sox and hit .282 with 11 RBI and the first two triples of his professional career.[8][9]

Prior to the start of the 2017 season, Jansen found he was having vision problems, and began wearing glasses on and off the field.[10] The glasses paid immediate dividends, as Jansen hit .369 with five home runs and 18 RBI in 31 games for Dunedin before being promoted to the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats. He played in 52 games for New Hampshire and hit .291 before being promoted to the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons in August.[1][10] With Buffalo, Jansen hit .328 with three home runs and 10 RBI in 21 games.[1] On November 20, 2017, Jansen was added to Toronto's 40-man roster.[11] Heading into the 2018 season, Jansen was named the eighth-best catching prospect by MLB.[12] He played in the All-Star Futures Game in July, where he hit a home run.[13]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

The Blue Jays promoted Jansen to the major leagues on August 12, 2018.[14] He made his debut the following night, recording two singles in a 3–1 loss to the Kansas City Royals. He and Sean Reid-Foley became the first batterymates to debut in the same American League game since Billy Rohr and Russ Gibson did so in April 1967.[15] Jansen hit his first major league home run on August 14 off Royals pitcher Heath Fillmyer, breaking a 3–3 tie in a game the Blue Jays would end up winning 6–5.[16] He finished the season hitting .247 in 31 games.

Overall with the 2020 Blue Jays, Jansen batted .182 with six home runs and 20 RBIs in 43 games.[17]

Personal lifeEdit

Jansen is the younger son of parents Steve and Kathy.[18] His older brother is Matthew.[19][20] In his youth, Jansen's family hosted players for the then-Seattle Mariners Class-A affiliate Wisconsin Timber Rattlers. In 2004, Adam Jones was housed by the Jansen family.[21]

Jansen and his wife Alexis were married in March 2022 with teammate Rowdy Tellez as the officiant.[22]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g "Danny Jansen Register Statistics & History". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  2. ^ "dan jansen Class of 2013 - Player Profile | Perfect Game USA". Perfect Game.
  3. ^ "Danny Jansen Stats, Highlights, Bio". MiLB.com. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Blue Jays Invite 14 to Spring Training". bluebirdbanter.com. January 12, 2016. Retrieved January 13, 2016.
  5. ^ "Ben Nicholson-Smith on Twitter". Twitter. March 12, 2016. Retrieved March 12, 2016.
  6. ^ Rosenbaum, Mike (April 7, 2016). "Where the Blue Jays' Top 30 prospects are starting the season". MLB.com. Retrieved April 8, 2016.
  7. ^ "2016 Arizona Fall League Rosters". baseballamerica.com. August 31, 2016. Retrieved October 22, 2016.
  8. ^ Holmyard, Braydon (November 21, 2016). "Arizona Fall League wrap: Alford among top Blue Jays performers". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  9. ^ "Winter Leagues: Arizona Fall League: Statistics". MiLB.com. Retrieved November 21, 2016.
  10. ^ a b Rutherford, Kristina (August 22, 2017). "Blue Jays' Danny Jansen keeps hitting at every stop of 'whirlwind' season". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 22, 2017.
  11. ^ Davidi, Shi (November 20, 2017). "Jansen, Tellez among players added to Blue Jays' 40-man roster". Sportsnet. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  12. ^ Chisholm, Gregor (January 18, 2018). "Jansen among top 10 catching prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved January 18, 2018.
  13. ^ Arguello, Ricardo (July 17, 2018). "Appleton's Jansen shines in MLB Futures Game". postcrescent.com. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  14. ^ Arguello, Ricardo (August 12, 2018). "Appleton West grad Danny Jansen called up to major leagues with Blue Jays". postcrescent.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  15. ^ Falkoff, Robert (August 14, 2018). "Reid-Foley has learning curve in loss to KC". MLB.com. Retrieved August 14, 2018.
  16. ^ Falkoff, Robert (August 15, 2018). "Jansen belts 1st career homer against Royals". MLB.com. Retrieved August 15, 2018.
  17. ^ "Danny Jansen Stats, Fantasy & News". MLB.com.
  18. ^ "A salute to mom from a member of every club". MLB.com. May 9, 2020. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Brudnicki, Alexis (May 10, 2020). "Danny Jansen's mom makes many feel at home". MLB.com. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  20. ^ Arguello, Ricardo (May 25, 2019). "Danny Jansen's family, friends relish opportunity to watch him chase his baseball dream". Post Crescent. Retrieved May 11, 2020.
  21. ^ Davidi, Shi (July 15, 2018). "Blue Jays prospect Danny Jansen pushing to prove he's worth the wait". Sportsnet. Retrieved August 20, 2018.
  22. ^ https://www.mlb.com/news/rowdy-tellez-officiant-danny-jansen-wedding

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