2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Kenley Jansen
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at Kenley Jansen to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the Los Angeles Dodgers closer during the 2020 MLB season.
When targeting a closer, loyalty by his team can be a pivotal factor. Kenley Jansen owns the trust of the Dodgers no matter his struggles or health issues. Jansen recorded 33 saves last year with five wins of his eight decisions, a 3.71 ERA, 3.77 xFIP and 1.06 WHIP. His 100-strikeout years seem to be over with consecutive seasons in the 80-range instead, so it’s time to drop Jansen from the top tier of his peers. Interestingly, Jansen raised his swinging strike percentage by 2.2 points last season while reducing contact by 3.5-percent in one of the best hitting environments in history.
But, his second half swoon needs to be addressed. Over his last 26.1 innings, Jansen owned a 4.44 ERA, 4.08 xFIP and 1.25 WHIP working with reduced velocities:
Jansen’s lower velocity started in June with his fastball and slider. This stretch inflated his ratios and need to be factored into his projections. Shifting to Statcast, here’s a look at his pitch plot from last...