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2014 Rest-of-Season Projections (seasonal age 26)
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Birth Date9-30-1987
Height6' 5"
Weight265 lbs
Age26 years, 9 months, 22 days
BatsB
ThrowsR
0.92010
1.52011
1.32012
1.82013
1.62014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2010 LAN 22 25 0 27.0 0.0 27.0 1 0 4 0 0 0 109 12 2 2 0 15 15 14 1 41 0.67 1.85 1.76 8.6 0.9
2011 LAN 23 51 0 53.7 0.0 53.7 2 1 5 1 0 0 218 30 17 17 3 43 26 26 2 96 2.85 1.71 1.41 13.8 1.5
2012 LAN 24 65 0 65.0 0.0 65.0 5 3 25 7 0 0 252 33 18 17 6 62 22 21 3 99 2.35 2.44 2.78 12.2 1.3
2013 LAN 25 75 0 76.7 0.0 76.7 4 3 28 4 0 0 292 48 16 16 6 74 18 17 3 111 1.88 1.96 2.46 17.2 1.8
2014 LAN 26 44 0 40.7 0.0 40.7 1 3 29 3 0 0 170 37 15 15 3 54 12 10 0 63 3.32 1.85 2.13 8.4 0.9
Career2600263.00.0263.013109115001041160686718248938894102.292.002.1960.26.3

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2009 SBR A+ 12 0 11.7 4.39 109 .303 .279 .354 .447 .277 .481 97 1.6 0.2 -0.0 -0.0
2009 PEJ Wnt 5 0 4.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .444 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2010 LAN MLB 25 0 27.0 1.76 154 .171 .262 .329 .411 .273 .231 88 7.5 0.8 8.6 0.9
2010 SBR A+ 11 0 18.0 1.61 168 .212 .268 .341 .411 .260 .385 99 8.3 0.8 8.3 0.8
2010 CHT AA 22 0 27.0 0.90 180 .190 .264 .339 .401 .267 .318 98 13.2 1.3 13.8 1.4
2011 LAN MLB 51 0 53.7 1.41 163 .202 .255 .322 .401 .263 .297 91 13.8 1.5 13.8 1.5
2011 RCU A+ 2 2 2.0 1.69 164 -.015 .278 .347 .401 .265 .000 92 1.3 0.1 1.3 0.1
2011 CHT AA 5 0 6.0 7.37 57 .148 .262 .321 .381 .247 .111 108 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2012 LAN MLB 65 0 65.0 2.78 131 .189 .259 .322 .408 .262 .221 94 12.2 1.3 12.2 1.3
2013 LAN MLB 75 0 76.7 2.46 138 .185 .262 .324 .411 .265 .273 98 17.3 1.9 17.2 1.8
2014 LAN MLB 44 0 40.7 2.13 140 .257 .247 .307 .390 .261 .370 88 8.4 0.9 8.4 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2009 PEJ Wnt 0 0 0 5 0 4.7 5 3 9 1 0% .444 9.6 5.7 1.9 17.2 1.70 9.57 0.0 0.0
2009 SBR A+ 0 0 0 12 0 11.7 14 11 19 1 39% .481 10.8 8.5 0.8 14.6 2.14 4.62 -0.0 -0.0
2010 CHT AA 4 0 8 22 0 27.0 14 17 50 0 32% .318 4.7 5.7 0.0 16.7 1.15 1.67 13.8 1.4
2010 LAN MLB 1 0 4 25 0 27.0 12 15 41 0 37% .231 4.0 5.0 0.0 13.7 1.00 0.67 8.6 0.9
2010 SBR A+ 1 1 0 11 0 18.0 15 6 28 0 51% .385 7.5 3.0 0.0 14.0 1.17 1.50 8.3 0.8
2011 LAN MLB 2 1 5 51 0 53.7 30 26 96 3 29% .297 5.0 4.4 0.5 16.1 1.04 2.85 13.8 1.5
2011 CHT AA 0 1 0 5 0 6.0 2 3 9 1 20% .111 3.0 4.5 1.5 13.5 0.83 4.50 -0.4 -0.0
2011 RCU A+ 0 0 0 2 2 2.0 0 0 4 0 0% .000 0.0 0.0 0.0 18.0 0.00 0.00 1.3 0.1
2012 LAN MLB 5 3 25 65 0 65.0 33 22 99 6 33% .221 4.6 3.0 0.8 13.7 0.85 2.35 12.2 1.3
2013 LAN MLB 4 3 28 75 0 76.7 48 18 111 6 39% .273 5.6 2.1 0.7 13.0 0.86 1.88 17.2 1.8
2014 LAN MLB 1 3 29 44 0 40.7 37 12 63 3 36% .370 8.2 2.7 0.7 13.9 1.20 3.32 8.4 0.9

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2010 478 0.5356 0.4498 0.6791 0.6094 0.2658 0.7115 0.5932 0.3209
2011 982 0.5550 0.4494 0.6341 0.6018 0.2563 0.6677 0.5357 0.3636
2012 1048 0.5487 0.4590 0.6881 0.6070 0.2791 0.7450 0.5379 0.3119
2013 1241 0.5544 0.5012 0.7021 0.6570 0.3056 0.7522 0.5680 0.2963
2014 654 0.5703 0.5535 0.6878 0.7292 0.3203 0.7390 0.5333 0.3122
Career44030.55350.48180.6790.63830.28620.72530.55120.3201

Injury History

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
2015 LAN $
2014 LAN $4,300,000
2013 LAN $512,000
2012 LAN $491,000
2011 LAN $416,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
3 yrPrevious$1,419,000
2011Current$4,300,000
4 yrPvs + Cur$5,719,000
4 yrTotal$5,719,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
3 y 73 dJoshua Kusnick1 year/$4.3M (2014)

Details
  • 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .183 .250 .275 .196
11 vs R (Multi) .153 .230 .258 .178
18 Split (Multi) .030 .020 .016 .018
19 LgAvg (Multi) .010 .024 .026 .019
30 vs L (2013) .204 .256 .274 .195
31 vs R (2013) .158 .222 .272 .174
38 Split (2013) .045 .034 .002 .022
39 LgAvg (2013) .010 .022 .028 .019

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Kenley Jansen has thrown 4,642 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason, Spring Training and Fall/Winter Ball. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Cutter (95mph), also mixing in a Slider (84mph) and Sinker (96mph).